Tag - ERP and Technology

What is ERP and How Does it Benefit Manufacturers and Distributors? What is ERP and How Does it Benefit Manufacturers and Distributors? What is ERP and How Does it Benefit Manufacturers and Distributors?

What is ERP and How Does it Benefit Manufacturers and Distributors?

Author: | Post Date: 25 Feb 2021

Just over 100 years ago, when the world was going through its previous pandemic (the 1919 Spanish flu), the organizational structure of divisions and departments we accept as normal were only just being defined, by people like Alfred Sloan and Frederick Taylor. Businesses came up with methods, based on paper, to monitor performance, and memos to communicate. A lot has changed since then but [...]


Rebooting the Business in 2020 – The CIO Perspective Rebooting the Business in 2020 – The CIO Perspective Rebooting the Business in 2020 – The CIO Perspective

Rebooting the Business in 2020 – The CIO Perspective

Author: | Post Date: 21 Jan 2021

  As a technology executive, you have probably undertaken two digital transformations in 2020 already. Using technology to convert employees to remote work. Implementing systems to accommodate the new ways customers interact and buy.   (more…)


Is it Time to Re-shore? Is it Time to Re-shore? Is it Time to Re-shore?

Is it Time to Re-shore?

Author: | Post Date: 06 Jan 2021

Are you among the Canadian business leaders who are considering moving some or all of your manufacturing activities to Canada, or back to Canada as the case maybe? For decades, the lure of manufacturing outside Canada has been strong. Mexico, China, and other Asian countries have made it very attractive financially. Manufacturers could get up and running relatively quickly and reap ongoing cost savings through [...]


The Role of CIOs in Technology Decisions for the ‘Next Normal’ The Role of CIOs in Technology Decisions for the ‘Next Normal’ The Role of CIOs in Technology Decisions for the ‘Next Normal’

The Role of CIOs in Technology Decisions for the ‘Next Normal’

Author: | Post Date: 23 Dec 2020

There was an era when CIOs had to push hard to get new technology understood and accepted. Now the adoption of certain technologies has accelerated beyond anyone’s imagination, and other technologies that were previously not considered important have come to the fore. CIOs are having to readjust rapidly to the ‘next to normal’. (more…)


Are These 9 Hidden Costs Eating Away at your F&B Business’s Profitability? Are These 9 Hidden Costs Eating Away at your F&B Business’s Profitability? Are These 9 Hidden Costs Eating Away at your F&B Business’s Profitability?

Are These 9 Hidden Costs Eating Away at your F&B Business’s Profitability?

Author: | Post Date: 17 Dec 2020

There are good surprises and there are bad surprises – like discovering that, somewhere in your food and beverage manufacturing business, there are serious gaps that are draining your bottom line. Even worse, you don’t always realize it until the damage is already done. (more…)


The Role of Digital in Accelerating Economic Diversification The Role of Digital in Accelerating Economic Diversification The Role of Digital in Accelerating Economic Diversification

The Role of Digital in Accelerating Economic Diversification

Author: | Post Date: 15 Dec 2020

There is no industry in the world that has been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for some organizations that had already implemented digital technologies, they were able to pivot their business and ride the waves of change, disruption and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic. (more…)


Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing

Where AI can be Used in Manufacturing

Author: | Post Date: 10 Dec 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining a lot of attention and the interest has accelerated like other areas of technology as a result of the pandemic. If you are a mid-size manufacturer, your attitude might be that AI is for the big boys, not guys like us. However, the world has changed significantly in 2020 and manufacturers need to adapt to new realities. I’ll discuss [...]


Building a Robust Supplier Base to Secure your Supply Chain Building a Robust Supplier Base to Secure your Supply Chain Building a Robust Supplier Base to Secure your Supply Chain

Building a Robust Supplier Base to Secure your Supply Chain

Author: | Post Date: 08 Dec 2020

Following a six-month stint in a dining-room chair, glued to Zoom or my cell phone, I am now free. Now on lockdown level 1, I have managed to visit the office, had meetings with real people and I have even had my first beer during a bush break. While I bask in my newfound freedom, I can’t help but wonder why costs rose during [...]


What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business? What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business? What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business?

What are Chatbots and How can they Help Business?

Author: | Post Date: 17 Nov 2020

  The role of the CIO is changing from performance and efficiency to include systems that give insights that can enrich the customer experience; one of these is implementing chatbots. This new technology brings not only opportunities but also challenges. Unlike previous IT projects, these new systems have not only technology and business impacts but also human and even ethical impacts.  (more…)


Right Place, Right Time, on Time – How to be Inventive with Inventory Right Place, Right Time, on Time – How to be Inventive with Inventory Right Place, Right Time, on Time – How to be Inventive with Inventory

Right Place, Right Time, on Time – How to be Inventive with Inventory

Author: | Post Date: 10 Nov 2020

The global pandemic is forcing everyone to reassess their inventory management processes. A recent bulletin from the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers’ Association (CHSA) has called on medical supply businesses to urgently address their supply chains and plan for shortages. Discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the cleaning and hygiene sector, it cited the fragility of just-in-time supply chains, reduced production capacity, and unprecedented demand [...]



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