October is Manufacturing Month

Across the nation Manufacturers were recently recognized for their contributions to all our lives on Friday October 1st, denoted as “Manufacturing Day.”  Wisconsin and other states have taken that appreciation 1 step further recognizing October as Manufacturing Month. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association – will be celebrating…

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Why transition to the cloud? Why now?

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Guest Blog from Infor… The world has changed dramatically since March 2020. Supply chain models and concepts that we took for granted have been stretched, and in some cases, broken. New business models, new market opportunities, and new ways of working have emerged. As has been said by many, the world will never be quite…

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Trucking into 2021

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Guest Blog from Acuity… Few working in the American trucking industry will deny that 2020 brought unique challenges to almost every sector of the trucking industry. The ongoing pandemic caused many motor carriers to scramble in Q2, with some losing a significant portion of their outbound freight due to the slowing or idling of some…

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Four keys to establishing intelligent supply chain control

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Guest Blog from Infor… For supply chain professionals in your organization to receive the flexibility and agility they need to increase speed, drive down costs, and satisfy customers, there are four critical components your company must possess. These include real-time visibility, predictive insights, prescriptive decision support, and real-time collaborative execution, all of which can be…

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Manufacturing in the Midwest

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To this day I have a distinct memory… being a youngster on the school bus, recognizing I was getting close to downtown because of the smell of yeast. As you might have guessed, the town is Milwaukee, and that smell was beer being produced by one of the larger breweries (actually, turns out more of…

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Manufacturing ERP Needs to Be More Than Vanilla

Guest Blog from Infor… As an ERP buyer for manufacturing, you will come across several options with their claim to be suitable for any industry or situation. In reality, each ERP systems’ design supports concrete business processes based on size and micro-vertical. Implementing an ERP outside its core expertise increases the risk and costs for…

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Does Digital Transformation Manufacturing Need Cloud?

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Guest Blog from Infor… In greater numbers, manufacturers are choosing the Cloud to deliver mission-critical ERP functionality and related applications to end users. It’s true that many of the early adopters of Cloud ERP were motivated by cost reduction. Internal IT staff could spend more time on high-value tasks by delegating routine maintenance tasks to…

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Moving your Warehouse from Cost Center to Competitive Differentiator

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Guest Blog from Infor… Many organizations tend to view warehouse operations as cost center due to the labor, equipment, and physical inventory. However, with business models rapidly changing through e-commerce, omni-channel, curbside pickup, 3D printing, and more, warehouse operations empower a company to gain a competitive advantage by ensuring customer loyalty and brand excellence stays…

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Building a Better Supply Chain for Your Business

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Guest Blog from Acuity… I have been involved in the manufacturing industry since 1979 and have worked in a wide range of industries for multinational, small, and mid-size companies. Though there was rarely a dull moment, I think 2019 and 2020 have been the most taxing and stressful years when looking at supply chains for…

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