Strategic Planning Basics for SMMs: Definition, Purpose, and Steps

Strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting are integral to the success of small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). However, these activities can get overlooked, as leaders ...

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Supply Chain Management: Intro to Supplier Sourcing for California Manufacturers

Due in large part to global supply chain disruptions, many small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are experiencing difficulties securing supplies of essential products needed ...

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Safety Meeting Topics for Manufacturing

In 2020, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that of the 4,764 fatalities that occurred on the job, 340 of them were in the manufacturing industry. In 2019, 395,300 of ...

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How Company Culture Impacts Employee Retention in Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is having a particularly challenging time finding and retaining skilled workers. Global pandemic burnout and the Great Resignation have led to ...

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What Is Benchmarking? (and How It Benefits Your Manufacturing Operations)

Continuous improvement is an essential part of staying competitive in the global marketplace; it entails regularly seeking new ways to be efficient in your operations while ...

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Using the Cost of Quality to Guide Manufacturing Improvements

Delivering high-quality products and experiences for your customers is usually the top priority for manufacturers.  But how can you improve your operations to deliver better ...

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Bridging the Skills Gap: The Importance of Workforce Development

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are under constant pressure to address tomorrow’s challenges today. To keep up and stay ahead of their competition, they need to ensure ...

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How Small Manufacturers Can Develop Risk Management Strategies for Supply Chains

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light a stark reality about current supply chains. As Nissan Motor Co.’s Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta points out, “The just-in-time model ...

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Is Your Manufacturing Website ADA Compliant?

As the world becomes ever more virtual and commerce is tailored for the Internet, it’s important that your manufacturing website be accessible by everyone, including individuals ...

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2021 Made in California Gift Guide

Did you know that small businesses generate $68 of local economic return for every $100 spent with them? That’s a huge impact in your community and can make a tremendous ...

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Top OSHA Safety Issues for Manufacturers: Proper Lockout/Tagout

By the 1960s, 14,000 workers died every year—or about 38 each day—and more than 2.2 million workers were not able to work from injuries and illnesses. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor ...

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