Not long ago I stumbled upon the MANUFACTURING INNOVATION BLOG. In scrolling through their blog my reaction was this was a great resource of information for any manufacturer. But who are these guys? Follow a couple of links and I found that the weekly blog is the work of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) who works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create & retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money. I read a bit more and discovered that MEP is a joint program between NIST/the National Institute of Standards & Technologies and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“Seven New Year’s Resolutions for U.S. Manufacturers” was the title of their blog in early January…..and I could relate to what they were saying about personal resolutions. But what really caught my attention was their comment about setting realistic New Year’s resolutions in business. Remke is like a lot of other companies – we develop annual plans, goals & objectives but I never thought about making resolutions for our business!
Here are the seven suggested New Year’s resolutions from MEP for U.S. Manufacturers-
- Develop Your Workforce: create a great work environment that fully engages employees
- Educate Yourself on Emerging Technologies: advancements are enabling technologies to become more affordable and accessible to small & mid-sized businesses
- Invest in Sustainability: discover the benefits to embracing environmentally safe practices
- Optimize Your Supply Chain: think more broadly about better collaborations, integrated systems & synergies
- Try Exporting: 95% of the world’s customers live outside of the United States – what opportunities are you missing?
- Get Certified: adhering to industry standards demonstrates your commitment to quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction
- Embrace Lean and Continuous Improvement: learn more about concepts like value stream mapping, kaizen and 5S to help your company become more productive
So which of these resolutions are practical for your business? At Remke we’ve got programs in place for quite a few of the areas discussed……but there’s a couple that need some work. As MEP said at the end of their blog “Cheers to your company’s success and to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing!” And to that I’ll add Happy 2015.
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