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Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of April 17: Book Choking Hazard, Defective Quality Poster & Job Posting

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. Continue reading Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of April 17: Book Choking Hazard, Defective Quality Poster & Job Posting at Lean Blog.

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

The Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose from 56.2 in March to 56.8 in April, its fastest rate since April 2011. While there continues to be a lot of political...

The Redesigned LeanBlog.org

The look and feel of LeanBlog.org has changed... hopefully it serves you better. Continue reading The Redesigned LeanBlog.org at Lean Blog.

NAM’s Challenge to Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Comes to an End

This month a federal court concluded the NAM’s legal challenge to one problematic provision requiring disclosure of supply chain information about the use of “conflict minerals” in manufactured products. The...

Manfuacturers Committed to Robust Trading Relationship with China – But it has to be Fair!

China looms large for manufacturers in the U.S., both as a major competitor that does not always play by the same rules and as a growing market that has added...

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continues to Expand Strongly Despite some Easing in April

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity remained strong in April, even as headline growth pulled back from February’s pace, which was the best reading since November...

#Throwback Thursday: My Interview with Paul O’Neill on Patient Safety & More

One of the highlights of my podcasting adventures was the opportunity to interview Paul H. O’Neill back in 2011. The original episode was posted here as #124 in the series. He served as the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 2000 to 2001 and...Show More Summary

You Get What You Incentivize? NBA Player Bonus Edition, Maurice Harkless

If you don't care about sports or statistical process analysis, this isn't the post for you... but it was interesting for me to try to wrap my head around the data behind a headline ("Blazers player secures $500,000 bonus by not taking...Show More Summary

Benefits Of Supply Chain Management System For Pharmaceutical Company

Pharma companies face a variety of pressures from complying with regulations to creating and producing innovative, cost-effective products. To manage these complex business challenges, companies must take a proactive approach to compliance, improve product safety, and anticipate, analyze, and respond to market demands. Show More Summary

Top Six Reasons Why Compliance Management Is Essential In The Pharmaceutical Industry

With the unstoppable expansion of the Pharmaceutical industry, the need of a strong compliance management becomes all the more indispensable. Adhering to the regulatory compliances in every process of a pharmaceutical company, from start to finish is a long and exhaustive process. Not only the process is time-consuming, but it is expensive too. The costs […]

Manufacturers’ Optimism at 20-Year High, According to New NAM Survey

As Manufacturers Meet President Trump to Talk Regulations, Taxes and Infrastructure, Industry Is More Confident in Improving Business Climate Fresh off the heels of the third straight month of manufacturing...

Shopfloor Podcast: Happy Tax Day

Happy Tax Day! NAM’s Tax Team launches a new Shopfloor Podcast in honor of the need for comprehensive tax reform. Manufacturers are saddled with high corporate tax rates and arcane...

Manufacturing Production Pulled Back in March, Ending Six Straight Monthly Gains

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production pulled back in March, ending six straight monthly gains. Output in the sector declined by 0.4 percent, led lower by a sharp reduction...

Housing Starts Pulled Back in March but Have Exceeded 1.2 Million in 5 of the Past 6 Months

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts declined 6.8 percent in March. New residential construction activity fell from an annualized...

Is Calling People “Concrete Heads” the Most Effective Lean Change Strategy?

When did the term "concrete head" start getting thrown around in Lean circles? Do people still use this label today? Is it helpful? Should we agree that the term is disrespectful and counter productive? Continue reading Is Calling People “Concrete Heads” the Most Effective Lean Change Strategy? at Lean Blog.

What Do Women in Manufacturing Say?

There is a place for us in manufacturing. I have worked in the industry for more than 30 years and have seen an increasing number of women join the ranks....

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expansion Slowed in April

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey said that manufacturing activity slowed in April, easing from the more robust paces seen in February and March. The composite index of general business conditions...

What are the “Quick Wins?” Ask the People Doing the Work

Last week, I received a few questions from somebody at a hospital system and I thought I'd address one of them here: "Can you suggest any "quick wins" to get staff engaged in a Lean culture?" Continue reading What are the “Quick Wins?” Ask the People Doing the Work at Lean Blog.

Reduced Energy Costs Helped to Push Consumer Prices Lower in March

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that consumer prices decreased 0.3 percent in March, its first decline in 13 months. The reduced figure stemmed from a reduction in energy costs,...

Retail Sales Edged Slightly Lower in March for the Second Straight Month

The Census Bureau said that retail sales edged slightly lower in March for the second straight month, down 0.2 percent. Softer automotive sales help to explain at least part of...

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