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Process Improvement

Constantly staying on top of current processes is a necessary task for manufacturers in order to keep operation most up to date and efficient. There are many strategies that go into behind the scenes of process improvement. It can be a delicate task, with prioritizing the efficiency of processes, while also keeping employees’ thoughts and best interests in mind.

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Stress Is A Four Letter Word

Stress is inevitable and everyone experiences stress at one point or another. Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances. What are some tips to managing stress effectively?

In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Professor Pete Alexander  from Washington led an online discussion about ways to manage both physical and mental stress.

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Corporate Culture: Perks That Work

Many companies have perks as part of their corporate culture. Are perks effective for employee morale? In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Kelley Plats from North American Coating Laboratories in Ohio hosted a discussion about perks that work in a corporate environment.

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Entrepreneurial Thinking

Entrepreneurial thinking is thinking outside-the-box to bring improvements or solve problems. It is the ability to recognize opportunities and discover the best way to capitalize on them.

People who think in an entrepreneurial way see things differently. This is not always inherent. In fact, many who think in this way have developed their skills over time.

In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Erin Courtenay from Earthling Interactive in Wisconsin led a discussion about entrepreneurial thinking in manufacturing.

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Recession Proofing Your Business

It's critical for business owners and managers to prepare their organizations to survive, and possibly even thrive, through a recession. What steps can be taken to prepare a business to maintain operational integrity during a recession?

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The Manufacturer Distributor Relationship

Manufacturers and distributors both benefit from building strong relationships. In a world where margins are tight, companies have to use all resources at their disposal to understand each other, encourage collaboration and streamline the process of working together.  

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Risk Taking: Put Yourself Out There!

There are many who believe that if you are not taking risks, you are not growing.

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Podcasting for Manufacturers

A podcast is a digital audio file made available for downloading to a computer or mobile device. Podcasts are typically available as a series and new installments can be received by subscribers automatically. The term podcast is a combination of iPod and Broadcast.

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Uncovering Money Leaks for Manufacturers

What are money leaks and how are they affecting the profitability of your operation?

Money leaks are small ways that business expenditures are wasted. These leaks cause unnecessary profit loss and require an organization to generate more revenue to compensate. In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Adam Baker from Schooley Mitchell in Pennsylvania led a discussion about ways to eliminate money leaks and increase profitability.

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Customer Journey Mapping: How To Orchestrate An Amazing Customer Experience

Customer Journey Mapping is an ongoing process of mapping the steps a customer goes through in their interaction with a company. This process creates a visualization that looks like a map and includes the needs of a customer throughout the entire process with the hope of improving customer experience. In a recent Twitter chat for USA Manufacturing Hour, participants discussed this very topic, led by host, Nicole Donnelly of Donnelly Marketing Group in Virginia.

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