Do you ever get an uneasy feeling that your purchasing system is out of whack? Are you concerned that expenditures are being made on your company's behalf that would never meet with your approval?
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American law has long granted trademark protection to the shapes of products and containers. Perhaps the most famous example is the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola bottle, which is almost as important a trademark as the soft drink company's stylized name logo.
If you're like most manufacturers, your on-time delivery rate could use some improvement. While it's most critical in a "Just in Time" environment, it's an issue for every manufacturer in terms of building customer satisfaction and maintaining a competitive edge.
It's a rare business owner who doesn't want to lift profits, reduce the cost of holding inventory and boost cash on hand. Two of the smartest, cutting edge ways of managing stock can help you do that -- the "just in time" and "accurate response" systems.
By law, all manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers must notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) if they obtain information that reasonably supports the conclusion that a product:
In the ever-expanding global exonomy, nothing about suppliers or distributors can be taken for granted. As illustrated by the numerous high-profile recalls that have occurred, manufacturers outsourcing to foreign countries must maintain quality control in their supply chains.
In many manufacturing plants, a parts room occupies considerable space, uses non-value-added staff and takes employees away from their jobs to get the supplies they need. Typically, if staff members need new gloves or a machine part, they take the old ones to a parts room where a clerk exchanges them for new ones.
There's no doubt about it: Business has gone international. New electronic and logistical technologies have narrowed distance and time, and trade agreements have opened markets. And manufacturers are in a good position to venture into the business of exporting.
In recent years, the term "going green" has become increasingly important for manufacturers. Green manufacturing generally refers to activities within your company that minimize damage to the environment, conserve energy and are safe for consumers, employees and the community.
Peak production season can be a nightmare. It's the time you need all employees to show up consistently and pull their weight. But reality is often far removed from the ideal.
If that's the case in your plant, you need to consider some strategies to build resilience into your staffing. Here are six tips that can help ease the strain of production peaks: