Visioning: The Last Thing an Enterprise Needs When Starting Up

A husband-and-wife couple approaches and asks a consultant for help in their business. The husband-and-wife couple just started a business selling electrical devices such as relays and circuit breakers.  Demand was strong at the onset and the couple has found themselves working around the clock serving customer orders.  Maybe the consultant can contribute some ideas?Continue reading “Visioning: The Last Thing an Enterprise Needs When Starting Up”

Owning versus Managing: What’s the Difference?

Do you own the business or do you manage the business?* A senior member of the board of trustees of a high-rise building walked into its administration office and asked the accountant there to order parts for a diesel generator set.  The senior board member believed that the generator needed a minor repair and notContinue reading “Owning versus Managing: What’s the Difference?”

DRP, Deployment and the Role of the Supply Chain Engineer

Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) was my first assignment as supply chain planner for a large consumer goods firm.               It was the late 1980’s and Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP 2) was at the height of popularity in the corporate world.  The company I was working for was embarking on integrating MRP 2 in anContinue reading “DRP, Deployment and the Role of the Supply Chain Engineer”