Operational excellence

The impact of Industry 4.0: Q&A with operational excellence leaders

Global leaders and experts attended the TRACC & POMS Conference in Cape Town, South Africa and the TRACC Stage 4 User Conference in Guangzhou, China to share best practices, network, and unpack the challenges and solutions for the manufacturing and supply chain industries in this era of digital disruption. We caught up with some of them and asked them about the impact of Industry 4.0.

3 key talent strategies for smart manufacturers

With digital transformation gaining an even deeper foothold in the manufacturing environment, leaders must now face a twofold challenge: developing an understanding of where and how technology can enhance processes, and cultivating a workforce that has the capability to manage this new technology. Read about the three key talent strategies smart manufacturers must adopt to thrive in the digital age.

5 steps to a smooth digital transformation

A meaningful digital transformation will require your organisation to rethink all aspects of how it operates. This change is necessary to maintain growth in today’s highly competitive marketplace. To successfully transform, your business needs a plan of action that is centred around the customer and the people within your company who get the work done.

A 3-step lean road map to ease the Brexit blues

Manufacturing companies are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit, but with the continued uncertainty about what form of exit will take place, it is proving difficult to plan effectively. Yet smart companies are viewing the uncertainty surrounding Brexit as a time to invest in continuous improvement and business transformation activities.

TRACC & POMS Conference: The changing world of work

With the changing world of work as its central theme, the TRACC & POMS Conference – held in Cape Town, South Africa in April – gave business leaders and CI practitioners the opportunity to explore the impact of Industry 4.0 on the business world. Read more about the key takeaways from the event, and the digital solutions that are helping leading organisations keep pace with disruptive change. 

4 smart supply chain technologies to bolster your bottom line

Supply chains have always been one of the key beneficiaries of digital progress. The advent of the internet, in particular, represented a massive turning point in how goods are moved, managed and monitored. In this blog, we explore the benefits that digitalisation, bolstered by the usage of new supply chain technologies, is bringing to the table.

The connected workforce: it’s all about people, not technology

Collaboration has long been the lifeblood of productivity and creativity in the workplace. Yet for many manufacturing executives, connecting machines to the plant, and, in turn, the plant to the back office remains a top priority. Much less of a concern appears to be the prospect of a seamlessly connected workforce.

5 hallmarks of a smart warehouse management system

Legacy systems traditionally used for warehouse management are inefficient in the modern era — even systems as little as five years old. So if you’re considering an upgrade or want to determine if your current WMS is still fit for purpose, look out for these five must-have qualities.

Open process innovation: the uncharted path to operational excellence

Much like we tend to believe that our driving skills are above average, managers tend to believe that their organisation’s process capabilities are better than average. This cognitive bias can be a dangerous illusion. To thrive in the future, organisations should instead challenge their perceptions through open process innovation.