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Ultra Pushes Chicago Tube ERP Project Forward Through COVID and Customization Challenges

Chicago Tube & Iron was at a technology dead-end: Its 30-year-old, Unix-based operations management system was heavily customized and difficult to maintain and update. While it served the distribution and fabrication company well for many years through changing business models, it was (past) time for an ERP upgrade. But COVID pandemic restrictions and complex customizations presented challenges.

Guest Post: The Right Way to Build an Agile, Adaptable and Resilient Supply Chain?

It's common to believe that implementing a new solution will fix supply chain issues. But new software alone isn't the answer – especially now. While few businesses came through the pandemic unscathed, some fared better. We can learn from their success and use that knowledge to create supply chains that stand up to the harshest economic conditions.
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Expert Advice: Three Key Organizing Principles for a Resilient Supply Chain

For manufacturers, the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented supply and demand chain upheaval. How successful were “textbook” best practices in mitigating and managing the new normal? Did they provide the required resilience? And now, with the worst of the pandemic behind us, what practices should be put in place to provide the flexibility needed to accommodate shifting manufacturing strategies?

Robust Warehouse Management Capabilities Required for New Inventory Challenges (Video)

With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, distributors still are challenged like never before: Supply chain networks remain exceptionally complex, customer demands continue to escalate and disruptions are near-constant. What can forward-thinking distributors do to optimize operations today and enable success tomorrow?

Expert Q&A: Rapidly Changing IEM Marketplace Requires New Capabilities

As the industrial equipment manufacturing (IEM) industry rumbles through the remainder of a challenging 2021, headed for a potentially more successful 2022, we asked one of Ultra’s most experienced manufacturing consultants what smart IEM companies need to know to thrive in today’s fast-changing marketplace.

Outlook for 2021 Manufacturing Jobs Recovery (Video)

In the fourth of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss the potential for a manufacturing jobs recovery, the persistent skilled labor shortage and ongoing job training challenges.

When a large-scale disruption like the one caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic occurs, the first thing business leaders must do is assess their current supply chain maturity. How well the supply chain is set up will dictate how recovery and mitigation can be handled. Where does your supply chain fall on this scale?

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5 guidelines choosing right software consultant

Selecting and implementing a new ERP system is one of the most resource-intensive decisions a mid-market manufacturing or distribution company can face. When guided by the right consulting team, these companies reduce the effort, resources and cost of ERP selection.

Discover the five guidelines for choosing the right consulting team for an efficient and effective enterprise software project.

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