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Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of May 22

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation, but you don’t need a Twitter account to view any of this. Show More Summary

New Durable Goods Orders Declined in April, Ending Four Straight Months of Gains

The Census Bureau said that growth in new durable goods orders declined 0.7 percent in April, ending four straight months of gains. New orders fell from $232.7 billion in April... The post New Durable Goods Orders Declined in April, Ending Four Straight Months of Gains appeared first on Shopfloor.

First Quarter Real GDP Revised from 0.7% to 1.2% Growth

The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that the U.S. economy grew 1.2 percent in the first quarter in newly revised figures. This was a slight improvement from the earlier estimate... The post First Quarter Real GDP Revised from 0.7% to 1.2% Growth appeared first on Shopfloor.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded for the Sixth Straight Month, up Modestly in May

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded for the sixth straight month even as it pulled back once again from March’s six-year high. The composite index... The post Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded for the Sixth Straight Month, up Modestly in May appeared first on Shopfloor.

Podcast #283 – Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech, on “The Work of Management”

Joining me today is Jim Lancaster, CEO of the company Lantech, a manufacturer that is the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, as well as case handling equipment. Jim is also author of the new book, published by the Lean...Show More Summary

Top 9 Reasons Why POS Systems Are Important

In case, you are a retailer who declines to use Point-Of-Sales methodology, it is quite possible that you will be left behind in a world of printed receipts, late night inventory checks, and calculators. As, incorporating technology in business is a MUST to keep the ball rolling, POS systems empower the retailers with the capability […]

Easier, Better, Faster, Cheaper… What’s Missing There?

Follow the two main days of our “Kaizen Live” event and site visit at Franciscan St. Francis Health the next two days on Twitter using the hashtag #KaizenLive. Last year, at our “Kaizen Live” optional pre-class, we talked about the priorities...Show More Summary

Manufacturers Continue the Infrastructure Call to Action

Infrastructure Week 2017 reached record high levels of participation by doubling both the number of events that occurred in 2016 as well as the number of affiliate members that joined... The post Manufacturers Continue the Infrastructure Call to Action appeared first on Shopfloor.

Senate Panel to Focus on Ozone Implementation Challenges

This afternoon, the Senate Environment and Public Works? Committee will hold a hearing to examine the implementation of the 2015 EPA ozone standard and to discuss legislation to improve the... The post Senate Panel to Focus on Ozone Implementation Challenges appeared first on Shopfloor.

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Growth Stalled in May

The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity in its district stalled in May, pulling back for the second straight month from March’s seven-year high. The composite index of... The post Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Growth Stalled in May appeared first on Shopfloor.

IHS Markit: Eurozone Manufacturing Activity Rose Again in May to another Six-Year High

The IHS Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI inched up from 56.7 in April to 57.0 in May, its fastest pace since April 2011. This suggests that manufacturers in Europe have... The post IHS Markit: Eurozone Manufacturing Activity Rose Again in May to another Six-Year High appeared first on Shopfloor.

A Confusing Rule That Seemed to Not Be Enforced: Minor League Baseball

Do baseball games take too long? It’s a popular discussion topic in recent years. I grew up playing and watching baseball… I think the game is just fine. It is what it is. It’s unencumbered by time, and I’m an industrial engineer who...Show More Summary

Want To Excel In Your Online Business? Then This Blog Is For You!

Today e-commerce is way beyond than just buying and selling products online. It is now full-blown to accommodate all the stages of the supply chain from procurement, production, packaging, marketing, selling, delivering to servicing, and paying for the products and services online. The need of the hour is to deliver your products faster, cheaper, and […]

Why and How This Pizza Restaurant Owner Engages People Through Kaizen

A culture of continuous improvement is really powerful - in a pizza restaurant or any type of workplace. It engages Milennials and people from other generations too... Continue reading Why and How This Pizza Restaurant Owner Engages People Through Kaizen at Lean Blog.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of May 15

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation, but you don’t need a Twitter account to view any of this. Show More Summary

Infrastructure Week, Tax Reform Top The NAM Agenda This Week

The NAM and its members were all-in during Infrastructure Week this week in Washington, DC. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons kicked off the week by underscoring the ways in... The post Infrastructure Week, Tax Reform Top The NAM Agenda This Week appeared first on Shopfloor.

Energy: A Key Component of a Comprehensive Infrastructure Package

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) most recent report card gave our nation’s energy infrastructure a D+ grade, pointing out that most U.S. energy infrastructure predates the 21st Century.... The post Energy: A Key Component of a Comprehensive Infrastructure Package appeared first on Shopfloor.

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continues to Expand at a Robust Pace

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity continued to expand at a robust pace in May. The composite index of general business activity increased from 22.0 in... The post Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continues to Expand at a Robust Pace appeared first on Shopfloor.

Flashback Friday: Demolition Errors, Mistake Proofing, and Healthcare

In recent years, I've written two blog posts about the sad scenarios where the wrong building was demolished by a crew. In these scenarios, it's easy to blame "bad crew" instead of looking at systemic causes of such an error. HavingShow More Summary

NAM Chair Calls for Fiercely Competitive Tax Code

Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr called for a “fiercely competitive tax code” today as he testified before US House Committee on Ways and Means during... The post NAM Chair Calls for Fiercely Competitive Tax Code appeared first on Shopfloor.

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