By Chris Carrier
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When we look at any business, we commonly put a microscope on our, “bottom line”, as the measurement of our business success. Month after month or year after year, if it’s up and to the right, we don’t flinch. If that number dips, we put a microscope on everything. At the end of the day, this bottom line number could very easily be attributed to areas of the business where we did all the right or wrong things.
Everything in business has an associated cost that can affect your bottom line- everything. It’s the measly paperclip tossed in the trash with the old quotes. It’s the opportunity cost of Bill driving halfway across the state to meet with a prospective client. It’s downtime in your manufacturing plant when your in-line equipment fails for the third time in two days. It’s the new hire who mis-quoted a project and now we are eating a percent of the profits (*hand slowly raises*).
As it relates to your manufacturing plant, your supply chain, or facility operations as a whole, how do you become more aware of these right or wrong things? How do we highlight the areas that are performing well and identify the hazards before they become a real problem? In all, how do we protect our bottom line? We can agree that predicting the future is an impossible task. However, what if we take a more controlled approach by predicting our behaviors? Behaviors measured by standardized processes, personnel, equipment inefficiencies, or strategic readiness.
Maybe you’ve caught yourself using the following expressions; “This is how it has always been done”. Or, “If it ain't broke, don’t fix it”. These commonly used excuses are comparable to attempting to mend the gaping hole in the starboard side of your oil tanker with the newest As Seen On TV, rubber in a can. What’s the gaping hole you ask? Inefficient processes. Out dated equipment. Less than ideal work conditions. Sub-par tools or materials. Take your pick. Sure, this pathetic repair may hold for a short period of time (very unlikely), but when it fails, are you prepared for the consequences of that leak? Where do you go from here? How do you decide which behaviors to change. Most importantly, how do you avoid the hole in the first place?
This is where Ambrose can come to your aid- not with an actual oil tanker leak (you may want to contact your local officials), but a metaphorical one. You see, Ambrose offers more than just your standard packaging equipment and consumable needs (and more). What we’ve done so diligently over the last four decades is carve out our niche in the industry as your local support, rather than your local supplier. Of course we represent a premier line of manufactures that penetrate nearly every type of manufacturing and distribution business imaginable. However, it’s the service to our customers that we hang our hat on. Ambrose has developed a team of bright minds with over a century of industry specific knowledge who are prepared to identify these cracks in the hull (your bottom dollar) before they become a more serious matter.
With Ambrose at the helm, we can highlight the areas of your operation that are performing well, identify those areas that could use improvement, and then devise a contingency plan built around effective equipment, quality supplies and unmatched service tailored specifically with the protection of your bottom line in mind. Ask yourself, are you prepared to go down with your sinking ship, or are you prepared to keep your hull water tight?
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