In my first post in the series on “Asking Why”, we covered how asking why is the key to unlocking business process improvements. So, once you know that it is important to ask why, the next logical question is, “where do we start?”
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That’s right, even today, there are companies still new to the Internet, or at least new to figuring out what’s needed to get orders from their website into their Macola Order Entry system. And the reality is, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but the main considerations for putting your plan together are similar across the board: Customers, Inventory, and Orders.
For manufacturers and distributors, product availability (i.e. inventory) is the driver of almost all revenue-generating activity. Next to fixed assets (property, equipment), inventory represents the biggest outlay of capital.
The great management thinker Peter Drucker has been quoted as saying “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”. True, and if you can’t manage it, you at least need to know what impact it can have on you and your business. But what about the things you can measure?
Then you change one little word and have, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”. But, just because you can measure something, should you? Does the measurement provide value for the organization?
One of my downtime activities is doing dot-to-dot puzzles. Not the ones of puppies or sail boats from elementary school, but 1000 dot recreations of classic art masterpieces or landscapes. I love connecting the dots and seeing a new picture emerge.
Have you ever started a new job, and during the training asked why a labor-intensive task or process was being done the way you were being trained?
Was the answer one of the following?
- “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”
- “That’s the way I was taught to do it.”
- “I don’t know.”
- “Because this is how we do it here.”
- “If we don’t do it this way, what if something goes wrong/the numbers don’t match/I make a
Material Requirements Planning (MRP) can be a daunting concept to discuss for implementation at your company. Many companies have software that has the capabilities to facilitate MRP but the users simply don’t have the knowledge on how to set it up properly. The larger MRP challenge beyond the lack of setup knowledge is how to actually utilize the information the system provides to support “make” and “buy” decisions.
Is your organization still using Excel for Macola financial reporting and budgeting? Are you stuck with multiple users making updates to multiple versions of multiple spreadsheets each month?
Move past this outdated, disparate, and headache-inducing method and graduate to a system that automates important financial reporting and budgeting processes and reduces risks for your company.
The new 10.6 release continues Macola's focus on the mobile user while delivering an improved user experience and deeper functionality across multiple devices, especially tablets that are favored by manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies. Macola 10.6 is based on real user feedback from the 10.5 release.