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Senate Taxwriters Advance Nomination of Top Treasury Tax Official

The Senate Finance Committee today approved the nomination of tax expert David Kautter to be Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy, clearing the way for Senate confirmation of the nominee... The post Senate Taxwriters Advance Nomination of Top Treasury Tax Official appeared first on Shopfloor.

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continued to Expand Strongly in July

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity continued to expand strongly in July. With that said, the composite index of general business activity decreased from 27.6 in... The post Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continued to Expand Strongly in July appeared first on Shopfloor.

Manufacturers’ Optimism Continues in the Second Quarter

Americans appear to be more optimistic about growth in recent months, and manufacturers are no exception. New results from the NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook survey show manufacturers’ optimism rose to a... The post Manufacturers’ Optimism Continues in the Second Quarter appeared first on Shopfloor.

Do you need to make it mandatory to participate in continuous improvement?

Every month or two, Greg Jacobson, MD and I have an “Ask Us Anything” video discussion with questions submitted by members of our KaiNexus community. You can register for our next episode, number 14, which we’ll hold on August 15th. The registration process will allow you to ask a question, if you like. Show More Summary

Housing Starts Rebounded in June after a Soft Spring

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts rebounded in June after a soft spring. New residential construction rose from an... The post Housing Starts Rebounded in June after a Soft Spring appeared first on Shopfloor.

Home Builder Confidence Slipped in July but Remained Elevated

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo reported that the Housing Market Index continued to reflect strength despite slipping once again in July to its lowest level... The post Home Builder Confidence Slipped in July but Remained Elevated appeared first on Shopfloor.

Podcast #284 – Dr. Margaret Balfour on Improving Crisis Psychiatric Care with Lean

My guest today for episode #284 of the podcast is Dr. Margaret (Margie) Balfour, the lead author of an article, published in the The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, titled “Using Lean to Rapidly and Sustainably...Show More Summary

Change: Desire, Ability, Reason, Need, and Commitment (or That DARNCAT)

I'm excited to be attending the annual Lean Coaching Summit today through Thursday in Austin. If you're there, please say hi! Today, I've registered to take a class on a topic that I've taken an interest in over the past few years: "Motivational Interviewing," or MI for short. Show More Summary

How can Advanced Planning and Scheduling software help meet demand?

“Don’t forecast that you can calculate.” This rule proves best-fit in manufacturing industry, where estimating the accurate amount of raw material for meeting the current demand is always a challenge. Underestimating can lead to short of sales, causing customers to seek somewhere else. Whereas, overestimating can lead to money wastage. As a matter of fact, […]

Manufacturers Work to Improve Climate for International Commerce

Improving the international climate for trade and commerce is an immediate focus for world leaders, with major discussions at the recent Hamburg-hosted G20 summit and within the Trump Administration. The... The post Manufacturers Work to Improve Climate for International Commerce appeared first on Shopfloor.

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Growth Softened in July after Rebounding in June

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey said that growth in manufacturing activity softened in July after rebounding in June. The composite index of general business conditions declined from 19.8 in June,... The post New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Growth Softened in July after Rebounding in June appeared first on Shopfloor.

Sign Up for “Office Hours” with Mark Graban, August 10-11

Last week, I ran an experiment. I set up a two-hour block on Friday afternoon that I labeled as “Office Hours,” where followers on Twitter or LinkedIn (as I posted there) could schedule a 10- to 30-minute phone call to talk about topics...Show More Summary

A Curriculum and Sequence of Podcasts and Webinars on Kaizen and Continuous Improvement

I've produced A LOT of content about Kaizen and continuous improvement over the past 11 years, including podcasts and webinars. Somebody asked me to build a "curriculum" and a sequence of podcasts and webinars for people to watch as a way of getting educated about this approach. Show More Summary

Manufacturing Production Rebounded Somewhat in June

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production rebounded somewhat in June, up 0.2 percent, after falling in two of the three prior months. Overall, springtime production in the sector was... The post Manufacturing Production Rebounded Somewhat in June appeared first on Shopfloor.

Consumer Prices Unchanged in June, Continue to Decelerate Year-over-Year

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that consumer prices were unchanged in June. Energy prices were down 1.6 percent, falling for the fourth time in the past five months, with... The post Consumer Prices Unchanged in June, Continue to Decelerate Year-over-Year appeared first on Shopfloor.

Retail Sales Disappointed Once Again in June

The U.S. consumer appears to be more cautious than we would expect, with disappointing retail sales figures once again in June, falling for the second straight month, according to the... The post Retail Sales Disappointed Once Again in June appeared first on Shopfloor.

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of July 10

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

Producer Prices Edged up 0.1% in June but Pulled Back Year-Over-Year to 2.0%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that producer prices for final demand goods and services edged up 0.1 percent in June, accelerating ever-so-slightly after being unchanged in May. For manufacturers,... The post Producer Prices Edged up 0.1% in June but Pulled Back Year-Over-Year to 2.0% appeared first on Shopfloor.

#TBT: Podcast Interview with Dr. Greg Jacobson of @KaiNexus from 2011 (New PDF Summary)

It’s been just over six years since I joined the team at KaiNexus, serving in various capacities over that time. As I like to say, even though I don’t work full time with the company, I have a full commitment to the company, the team,...Show More Summary

Timmons: Scott Garrett at the Ex-Im Bank is a Bad Deal for America’s Manufacturers

The U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank has operated for decades with a mission to support U.S. jobs through exports. Back in April, President Donald Trump confirmed his support for the export... The post Timmons: Scott Garrett at the Ex-Im Bank is a Bad Deal for America’s Manufacturers appeared first on Shopfloor.

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