Top Links of the Week for Pursuing Excellence


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Every week we will compile a list of articles that we have found to be particularly helpful relating to Leadership, Human Resources, Operational Excellence, Data Analytics, Quality, and Supply Chain Management.


8 Key Steps of Developing A Value Stream Map

Done rightly, the VSM process typically takes about 2-3 days to complete. However, its value is found in the cross-functional collaboration and continuous improvement it promotes.


Ford and Smith & Wesson Coming to Tennessee

Over the past week, the Governor and the TN Department of Economic & Community Development announced that Ford will be building a megasite in Memphis for the manufacturing of the electric F-series of trucks. A couple of days later, the announcement was made that Smith & Wesson will be relocating their headquarters to Maryville, TN, as well as their distribution, assembly, and plastic-injection molding operation.


The Power of Neutral Thinking

We are emotional creatures. Some of us live at the high end of our emotions, while others find the lower end of our emotions a place of comfort. In this article, the author argues that there is power in recognizing this reality while simultaneously striving to live out our lives in the middle. Also, for all the Russell Wilson fans, there is a great interview with him in this article.


Warehouse Automation, Delivery Robot Markets Poised for Growth

The drive toward logistics automation continues, with two recent studies predicting strong growth in demand for warehouse automation equipment and delivery robots over the next five to 10 years.


No Sign of Supply Chain Recovery Over the Next 12 Months

Hopes of a return to some form of normality in global supply chains after Chinese New Year in February have been dashed by analysts. Both Drewry and MSI now do not expect the supply chain crisis underpinning highly elevated freight rates across several tradelanes to normalise before the end of next year. “Supply chain turmoil will last longer than thought,” says Drewry in its latest Container Forecaster report.


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