Articles by SCMFG/Staff

Her Name Was Nellie; Part 4

It is a distinctly uncomfortable sensation to see one’s grandmother addressed as “Kitten” by a man other than one’s grandfather. But that seems to have been the preferred pet name by which a young Private Gordon Thibodeaux addressed my grandma, Nellie. The first letter, dated March 15,…


Do your employees know “why” they do “what” they do?

When I worked for Michelin, people would ask me, “What do you do for Michelin?”  Almost always, my first answer was “I make tires.”  This would normally be followed by, “No really, what do you do for Michelin?”  I would explain my role within the company and…


Advanced Manufacturing using Industry 4.0 technologies

You may have heard the joke… “Who’s driving digital transformation at your company: the CEO, CIO, or… COVID-19?” Besides unleashing a wave of video conferencing and remote desktopping, COVID-19 has indeed stimulated accelerated adoption of certain digital technologies, such as remote monitoring, remote assistance, and even remote…


Are you short on time? Not enough hours in the day?

Business Advantage! Proven Business Practices!  To Achieve Enhanced Results Join FocalPoint Coaches Jerry Pilewski and Mike Ungar for their next Business Advantage free webinar on September 22nd from Noon to 1 PM for: Eat That Frog – Time Management You can do anything . . . But…



FREE Webinar: Testing for COVID-19 – Lessons Learned

DATE/TIME: Wed Sep 16, 2020 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT Heather Collins, MS, has spent her career assuring optimal lab results were provided to her patients for the betterment of their health and happiness.  Prior to coming to Abbott Diagnostics, Heather specialized in Reproductive Medicine…



Her Name Was Nellie; Part 3

Nellie, it would seem, collected beaux the way some women of her day collected thimbles. The letters, handwritten and all still in their original envelopes, date from 1941-43, right up to just a month before she married my grandfather while he was on leave from the Marines,…


Political blues – How they Impact Business

As a business owner, I am repeatedly asked, “How is the current environment affecting your business and what is your forecast to finish the year?” Generally, we look to the past as an indicator of future performance. Of course, there are many factors and variables that can…


In Manufacturing Supply Sales, Its Not All About Price

The majority of sales people who operate in the highly competitive field of manufacturing supply have internalized the fallacy that “it just comes down to price.”  These are sales people who have accepted that they will bid on all (or most) opportunities and cross their fingers that…