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How to Improve Quality and Save Money in Manufacturing - Mistakes, defects, and damage to product: these are a part of every manufacturing operation. Unfortunately, these things can be a very costly part of an operation. Poor quality is an expense that can be remedied. Consider these four impactful ways to deliver improvement. Define quality as your customer perceives it. If your aim is to make your product “better,” you have to understand what that means to your customer. If your product i...

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Four No-Cost Tips for Improving Warehouse Productivity - When you research how to increase productivity, you’re not short on options, particularly technological solutions. Software and automation are so advanced today that compared to twenty years ago, present-day warehouses almost look futuristic. These solutions are very effective. However, you might not be in a position to go through such an overhaul, especially an expensive one.  Before you make a decision on any high-tech solutions, se...

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Recover Wood Costs by Extending Life of Pallets - In the wake of the recent countervailing duty (CVD) Trump has implemented on Canadian lumber, manufacturers are looking to offset the resulting price hike. There are many measures companies can take to cut costs, and some of them are related to lumber itself. There is one specific lumber cost that every manufacturer absorbs, and it’s one that can be minimized: pallet deterioration. Pallets are only built to withstand so many moves. Every tim...

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Internal Considerations to Lower Warehouse Operating Costs - Consumer demand has been hot and steady, and it’s looking to stay that way. You’ve had to make adjustments to your warehouse to accommodate this demand. As the pressure continues, you may find it extremely difficult to reduce your operating costs. After all, with a robust ecommerce comes an increase in price for everything from supplies to material handling equipment. Take a look at a few of these 3 areas in your warehouse to see ...

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Countervailing Duty Announced on Lumber Creates Conflict - As expected, President Trump has announced a countervailing duty (CVD) on Canadian lumber companies, which directly affects the price of lumber materials in the US. While Canadians and some Americans are displeased with the tariff, the good news is that it isn’t quite as high as expected. Last week, lumber industry experts prepared themselves for a CVD as high as 40%. Canadian lumber companies braced themselves not only for the tari...

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The Volatile Price of Lumber and how You Should Respond - Earlier this month, West Fraser was the first lumber company to announce a widely feared and anticipated price hike on wood. Despite months of speculation that Canadian lumber mills would increase prices to offset a potential countervailing duty (CVD), this is creating panic and confusion. Here is some information to help clarify what is happening, what to expect, and how you should proceed with an inventory strategy. Problem: Part o...

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Manufacturers Spending the Most on Flexibility and Efficiency in 2017

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How Custom Packaging Saves Money at Tradeshows - We’ve outlined how custom packaging can save you money by protecting your valuable products during shipment to a tradeshow, but the opportunities for cost-efficiency go beyond product damage.  This is especially true for larger tradeshows that run events for more days than the actual show takes place. Let’s look at one as an example. The recent CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference is an annual event that attracts thousands of people in underg...
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