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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Emerging Supply Chain Trends


Companies are constantly looking for ways to become more efficient and economical in a competitive market. Improving supply chain systems can reap a wealth of benefits and with new innovations on the horizon, there are many emerging trends taking hold.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Many large corporations and small businesses have increasingly integrated corporate social responsibility into their business plans. Finding ways to positively make a difference in the environment and community are important and supply chains are a great place to start when looking at company improvements.

Supply Chain Marketing
Supply chain and marketing have more in common than one may think and signs point to a growing collaboration between the two fields. Consumers want more transparency when it comes to logistics, while buyers and suppliers want more collaboration.

Transportation Shifts
Thanks to new technology, the future of shipping goods is upon us and looking very different from the past. Supply chain professionals are faced with new challenges and new opportunities requiring careful consideration before investment.

  • Drones: Drones have been a huge topic of discussion for consumer goods shipping with both fanatics and skeptics. According to Afflink, drones operating locally have already begun to show promise ranging from private investigators to pizza parlors.
  • Carrier technology: Smaller trucking companies, often unable to compete with big carrier companies, have opted out of advanced technology in the past. Now with more affordable tools entering the market, supply chain efficiency is improving even in smaller markets.

Many small businesses are making strategic upgrades to their supply chain systems in order to cut costs, lessen their environmental impact and improve the employee and customer experience. A lot of planning goes into any big change, especially when new equipment is involved. If your business is considering a supply chain investment in the future, contact Tiger Leasing to learn more about our equipment leasing programs to help you transition as easily as possible.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Identifying Employee Talent – Ways to Use Talent Management to Your Advantage

Talent management brings together superior HR tactics and your business objectives to create a true competitive advantage. Employees are one of the most important components of a company and making sure you have the talent you need is crucial. Check out the following tips for using talent management to your advantage:

Implement SMART Goals
Have employees set up SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented and time-bound) goals as a way to promote accountability and also as a way to identify strengths and weaknesses. Employees will be motivated to perform and managers will be able to fine-tune the distribution of talent.

Strategize Talent for Projects
Instead of picking members for an upcoming project based on department or title, first make two lists: one listing project goals and one listing skills and characteristics that would best fit the completion of those goals. Armed with these lists, select individuals who best embody the traits and abilities you’ve outlined. Your talent-optimized team may be a less-than-typical mix of different employees, but each individual’s spot and purpose in the group is a strategic pick.

Establish Communication Systems
One key aspect of talent management is motivating and retaining employees. Establishing communication models that encourage two-way feedback, recognition of ideas and initiative and collaboration are important in creating a comfortable, interactive environment.

Change Positions
Effective talent management means shifting, eliminating or creating positions. If certain employees aren’t a good fit, it is not fruitful situation for either the company or the individual and sometimes hard decisions must be made. Making way for a better fit benefits the company culture and the bottom line.
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Educational Equipment Trends


With schools back in session, educators are finding new ways make classrooms more productive and engaging for students. Although all kids learn differently, new technology and equipment is adaptable to different learning styles and can be the perfect fit for nearly any classroom. Adult learners in both the classroom and company setting can also take advantage of new educational equipment advancements.

Interactive Devices
Technology has taken center stage in the classroom with a special emphasis on mobile and interactive devices. Being able to connect, share and display ideas are important components of these electronics:

  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Whiteboards

Alternative Furniture
Rows of individual desks facing a blackboard are no longer the norm for learning environments as comfort, accessibility and interaction tend to benefit students and teachers more.

  • Furniture on wheels: Being able to move from place to place with ease in a classroom setting is a huge benefit, especially when it comes to group work.
  • Improved ergonomics: Minimizing stress on the body increases comfort in the present and decreases the chance of health and wellness complications in the future.
  • Smaller learning stations: Skip the individual desks and opt for pods of 3-5 students using tables or desks that can easily piece together.

3D Printing
3D printers aren’t just for science labs. Integrating these machines into the classroom allows students to better explore and understand certain designs and materials in a hands-on way. According to 3D Printing Systems, the technology can be used for creating things like product prototypes, topography, robot parts, molecule diagrams, organ cross-sections or models of artifacts.

Collaborative Spaces
Having areas designed specifically for group projects is becoming more and more popular in the classroom setting. Examples of this would be a circular “brainstorm corner,” multi-user technology station or kidney-shaped tables surrounding a center console that features science equipment, art subjects or architectural diagram.

New equipment gives more opportunity for students to engage and interact with one another, making the classroom academically and socially friendly. Thinking of ways your classroom could benefit from an equipment upgrade? Contact us today and we can discuss educational equipment leasing options to fit your needs and your budget.

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