No matter the product, every manufacturer looks for new ways to improve quality while lowering costs. And the best way to do that is by following well-established best practices in manufacturing operations.
So instead of randomly testing new processes on your own, start with these tried-and-true practices. Each of these four tactics have been put to use by some of the largest manufacturers in their market. But they can be applied by any size manufacturer producing any type of product. Check out these best practices in manufacturing operations and see how you can put them to use in your business.
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Although many people are bearish when talking about manufacturing — saying that “jobs are moving overseas” or “nothing is made locally anymore” — the U.S. is actually on track to become the world’s most competitive manufacturing country by 2020. Still, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of modern manufacturing challenges. Read More >
Not long ago, grocery shopping happened solely in-store, and banking was done with the help of a human teller. But the internet, social media and mobile devices have dynamically changed this relationship, and consumers have come to expect much more from their brand communication. It’s crucial to know what customers want from customer service. Read More >
Customer journey mapping is perhaps the clearest way to discover what your customers want and how you can make them happy. But creating this type of visual depiction is not always easy. It requires a wealth of data and keen intuition to truly get inside your customers’ heads.
So if you’ve decided to start customer journey mapping, you’ve probably started asking a few questions. Where’s the starting point? How do I know where my customer will go next? Who is this customer, anyway? All good questions, and thankfully, there are a few specific plot points that will form the frame of any good customer journey map. Read More >
In customer service, you need to know what your customer wants. But it’s also important to know who they are. Fortunately when someone calls your contact center, there are a few IVR authentication best practices that can help.
When someone calls your IVR — also known as an interactive voice response system — you probably hope they’ll finish the interaction using self-service. That means your technology must be smart enough to tell who is calling. There are several ways to make that possible. Read More >
Collaboration can be tough for any software company. That’s why developers came up with continuous integration to solve problems as they occur. But can this process be used in other ways? For example, how can you use continuous integration in QA? Read More >
Self-service is one of the best ways to cut call center costs and speed up over-the-phone interactions with customers. And an IVR is one of the most well-known self-service tools out there. But there are costs involved in buying a new solution or upgrading an old one. So if you want the best deal, it’s natural to wonder whether that IVR cost is really worth the price. Read More >
Most businesses today agree that self-service adoption is one of their most important customer service goals. Self-service drastically cuts costs and makes it easy for customers to get the timely service they desire.
In fact, one West client now saves an estimated $5.4 million per year thanks to self-service optimizations. And another company receives 80 percent of late payments within four hours of sending a reminder thanks to self-service text messages. Read More >
You can have it cheap, fast or good. Pick two.
Not many companies give such an honest assessment of their ability, but this common phrase is true across the board. Rarely, if ever, do you get the luxury of getting all three from any product or service. Read More >