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 >
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 >
Unless you’ve been in a digital detox for most of 2018, you may have noticed an increase in industry buzz around wireless 911 location technology, particularly in recent weeks.
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The power goes out, and a local utility company immediately springs into action to find a solution. But when the outage experience ends four hours later, a woman boots up her computer, opens Facebook and broadcasts to all her friends, “My electric company has lousy customer service.”
Most customers can’t describe good customer service, but they can tell when they’ve had a bad experience. It’s all about feelings. That’s right. Even in the highly regulated utility industry, good ol’ non-technical feelings still carry weight. 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 >
Years ago, it used to be that the design of an IR website was pretty far down on the priorities list. Providers and clients alike focused almost entirely on meeting regulatory requirements, populating the right content, and ensuring that shareholders and potential investors could grab what they needed quickly and move on. There was a standard formula for the IR Homepage in particular which nearly always included left hand side bar navigation, share price front and center, and a long (read: uninspiring) paragraph of text about the company. Job done, right?
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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 >