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The High Cost of Mental Blindness

Posted on:Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 @ 8:48 am

There’s a kind of mental blindness going around businesses these days, and it comes with a hefty price tag in terms of money, market share, and customer loyalty.  This blindness leads companies to grow at the cost of their current clients, and out of pace with the infrastructure that has allowed them to provide desirable …

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Perfect Storm: Supply Chain Workforce

Posted on:Monday, April 17th, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

There’s a term that started with meteorologists: “the perfect storm.” This concept has spread to the rest of us, meaning a situation in which conditions are right for a disaster to happen. A workforce vacuum, return of manufacturing to American soil, the rise of e-commerce, and a perception problem that haunts supply chain organizations are coming together …

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Tri-State Hub Supply Chain Roundtable (CSCMP)

Posted on:Friday, March 10th, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

  March 10, 2017 SAVE-THE-DATE:   Next Program – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.   Full details for our next event is coming soon!   But, we can share some highlights. The event will be:   Thursday, April 13th 5 pm – 8pm Volvo Construction Equipment located in Shippensburg PA Plant Tour: Volvo CE Program:   Workforce Development   Linked In …

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Supply Chain Software Systems – The Human Factor

Posted on:Friday, May 20th, 2016 @ 8:52 am

Supply Chain businesses can derive exponential benefits from their software systems — including supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, warehouse management, transportation management systems, and customer relationship management systems. However, many enterprises have been unable to take full advantage of these large investments simply because of the critical human factor is not given enough attention. …

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Artistic Skill In Technology

Posted on:Friday, May 13th, 2016 @ 10:13 am

Beacon Grace – Rediscovering the Phenomenal Power of Applying Artistic Skill in Technical Supply Chain Solutions (written by my dear friend Victor) If you’ve ever been around artists, you know very well that they can produce a life-like image of a horse from virtually anything: scrap metal, sand, oil paints, oil, broken bottles, water (yes, …

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Supply Chain Labor Shortages

Posted on:Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 @ 11:12 am

By Becky Willard, Owner and Chief Consultant at Beacon Grace   This is a very interesting article.   READ HERE “Will 2016 Be the Year Warehouse Automation Fixes Your Labor Shortage?” I am an advocate for taking care of your people and finding new ways of working those workers instead of replacing them with automation. But, …

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Data Integrity Audits – 5 Reasons Why You Need Them

Posted on:Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 3:53 pm

From a supply chain point-of-view, there are many reasons why master data and transactional data becomes… less reliable.  With data discrepancies and corrupted data, the output of our transactions, reports, and queries can cost your supply chain business.  You can mitigate risks and costs by first knowing how these discrepancies occur.  With this new, or …

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Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues for 2016

Posted on:Friday, January 8th, 2016 @ 9:12 am

Oracle’s Bob Evans recently wrote a great article in Forbes….Check out the article here. Although this article is “spot-on”, I have to raise an impacting issue.  If the executive leadership (CEO, COO, CFO, etc), middle management, and the company culture resists the quickly changing technology based business environment, their business will suffer and may even …

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“Beacon Grace” – What’s in a name?

Posted on:Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

By Becky Willard, Owner and Senior Consultant at Beacon Grace I’ve had numerous people ask where I came up with the company name “Beacon Grace”.   As there are many layers to a project, there also contains layers of meaning behind this name – professionally, personally, and spiritually. Professionally — When you are in the …

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Tales of an ERP Implementation

Posted on:Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

By Becky Willard, Owner and Senior Consultant at Beacon Grace I recently read an article series titled “Tales of an ERP Implementation” (Part I and Part II).  I’ve been involved with over 30 full software implementation projects throughout my career.  The experiences of Jelly Belly (the focus of these articles) is not uncommon.  Actually, as I …

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