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Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded in February at Fastest Rate since May 2011

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded in March at its fastest rate since May 2011. The composite index of general business conditions rose from 14...

11 Reasons Formula-Based Manufacturers Should Select BatchMaster ERP Solution

BatchMaster ERP (BME) is a real booster to process manufacturing industries. Whether it’s managing formulas/recipes, assuring quality, meeting compliance, analyzing profit/loss, handling inventory, determining profitable costing, etc.; BME proves to be an apt solution. Show More Summary

Podcast #277 – Kay Kendall, #Lean and Leading the Malcolm Baldrige Way

Joining me for episode #277 of the podcast is Kay Kendall (@KayAKendall), co-author (with Glenn Bodinson) of the excellent book Leading the Malcolm Baldrige Way: How World-Class Leaders Align Their Organizations to Deliver Exceptional...Show More Summary

Learning Not to Blame: Spring Training Baseball Edition

Lean thinkers do their best to avoid blaming individuals for systemic problems. This lesson comes also from W. Edwards Deming who was deeply influential on Toyota. It’s easier said than done. Old habits die hard. We all sometimes find...Show More Summary

Manufacturers Disappointed by U.S.-Canada Investment Ruling that Sidesteps Core IP Questions to the Detriment of U.S. Manufacturing

Co-authored by NAM Vice President of Litigation and Deputy General Council Patrick Forrest Manufacturers in the United States are deeply disappointed by an international panel decision  that ruled in Canada’s...

10 Years of “L.A.M.E.”

It's been 10 years since I first wrote about my awkward acronym L.A.M.E. Is it helpful to distinguish between true Lean principles and "Lean As Misguidedly Explained?" Will we see more L.A.M.E. talk and behaviors in the future? Continue reading 10 Years of “L.A.M.E.” at Lean Blog.

Manufacturers Support Committee Action on Mobile Workforce Bill

The NAM is pleased that the House Judiciary Committee on March 21 is slated to consider the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 1393) introduced by U.S. Rep....

Good Design of Products or Processes Makes Doing the Right Thing Obvious & Easy

Good design, for products or processes, should be intuitive, if not obvious. In this post, I struggle with refueling my car, opening a trash can, and finding an auditorium seat writing surface. Hilarity ensues. Continue reading Good Design of Products or Processes Makes Doing the Right Thing Obvious & Easy at Lean Blog.

New Strategy Needed to Address Foreign Price Controls, Other Localization Barriers

Manufacturers and workers in the United States are competing to win in the global economy. Battling substantial and growing market-distorting practices by other countries that tilt the playing field in...

Manufacturing Production Expanded for the 6th Straight Month, Continuing to Show Signs of Progress

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production expanded for the six consecutive month. Output in the sector was up 0.5 percent in February, mirroring the gain seen in January. These...

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of March 13: #Lean in Europe & More

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. I was in Belgium all week for the Lean Healthcare Transformation...Show More Summary

Manufacturing Job Openings Ticked Higher in January, but Separations Were Also Up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that manufacturing job openings ticked higher, up from 342,000 in December to 364,000 in January, its highest level since July’s 15-year high (394,000). Job...

Philly Fed: Growth in Manufacturing Activity Remained Strong in March

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity remained strong in March, even as headline growth pulled back from its strongest pace since November 1983. The composite index...

Housing Starts Rose 3.0% in February, Exceed 1.2 Million for Fourth Time in the Past 5 Months

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts rose 3.0 percent in February. More importantly, it has now exceeded 1.2 million...

The Challenge of PDSA: Feeling Like You’ve Fallen Short

Mark's note: Today's post is by Cristal Totterman, a pharmacist and Lean leader I have known for a couple of years now. She's written a post that made me think about and reflect on the never-ending journey of improvement, both as individuals and organizations. Continue reading The Challenge of PDSA: Feeling Like You’ve Fallen Short at Lean Blog.

PRESS RELEASE: President Trump Hits the Reset Button on Auto Emissions Rule

Timmons: Let’s Get CAFE Correct for Manufacturers and Consumers Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) commended President Donald Trump for announcing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department...

Federal Reserve Raised Short-Term Rates Again, Signals Two More Hikes in 2017

As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise short-term interest rates by 25 basis points, upping them just three months after the last action. In doing so,...

NAHB: Housing Market Index at Highest Point Since June 2005

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo reported that the Housing Market Index (HMI) rose to its highest level since June 2005. The HMI increased from 65...

Year-Over-Year Retail Sales Growth Remained Near Five-Year Highs in February

The Census Bureau said that retail sales rose 0.1 percent in February, extending the upwardly revised 0.6 percent gain seen in January. (The prior month’s increase was originally reported to...

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Continued to Grow Strongly in March

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey said that manufacturing activity continued to expand at a healthy pace, even as it pulled back in March from the fastest pace in 30 months...

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