A Better Way for Company Notes

March 09, 2016

When you have a meeting with supplier or customer where do you take your notes?  In a notebook?  A random piece of paper that you found on the table?  A notepad that you picked up from the hotel?  After your meeting where do those notes usually go?  Maybe they stay in your bag or on your desk for a while until they get lost among all the other "stuff" and you finally decide just to throw it all away.  I know this may be the case for many of us.

 
I have sat in over 1,600 meetings with suppliers pitching me about some new solution.  Unfortunately, I didn't always track my notes or interactions in those meetings.  Imagine how valuable that information could be if it was available to my company even after I left?
 
That's why we built Company Notes in Mazree.  One place for all of your team to track any of the interactions they have with their suppliers or customers.  When you make a note in Mazree that note is instantly visible to others on your team.  And in Mazree, you now have one page where all of those notes are stored.  You can filter the note by company or user.  You can see who your top users and companies are.  And if anyone on your team leaves, their notes stay with the company!  With a Premium Account on Mazree you can try out our Company Notes today!

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Climate Control and the Supply Chain

December 21, 2015

Climate Conference

What implications could the recent United Nations Climate Conference have on your supply chain?

The recent UN Climate Conference held in Paris outlined several key goals regarding the environment and climate control. Under the overarching goal of limiting post-industrial climate changes to +1.5-2 degrees C—various sub goals related to de-carbonization of our energy supply in relation to technological changes and economic opportunities were also set forth.

Developed countries have been given the legal responsibility of helping emerging nations develop climate technology and specific details regarding the limits of emissions were more clearly articulated[1]. With a majority of world powers, including for the first time China, present- this conference was the foundation necessary to pave the way for the globally reaching transition requisite to pursue sustainability with the urgency and initiative to drive timely and meaningful results.

Implications

Possible implications of these decisions will include: government incentives for adherent companies, grants and increased investment in sustainable energy technologies, replacement of less sustainable infrastructures, and a global shift in the sense of urgency and associated methodology of pursuing sustainable innovations. Although projected changes will likely be gradual, the reinvigoration of focus initiated by this climate conference is anticipated to make a significant impact on the momentum of sustainability associated programs and research. This poses many opportunities and threats in the business world for those companies that either embrace the impending change or seek to resist its implementation.

 

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3D Printing Market Disruption

December 02, 2015

3D Printing Market Disruption

Three-dimensional printing has been widely featured across a variety of mediums but the implications of this technology are widely misunderstood during the emergent stages of its development.  So what changes will 3D printing bring to the manufacturing landscape?  
 
Three ways Accenture technology has identified include[1]:

1. Rapid prototyping and mass customization
  • Traditional mass production of identical products with speed and efficiency will be forever challenged by 3D printing that requires no special molds, jigs, or other tools. Although not yet geared to produce in large quantities- the implications for the future are staggering.
2. New ecosystems for accommodating the digital nature of 3D printing
  • Advanced scanning technologies to collaboratively innovate and customize, ultra-tailored products, lower shipment volumes and costs, more production-sourcing opportunities, and economical mass customization.
3. New angles to driving operational excellence
  • Drastically reduced shipments, JIT part replacement, streamlined inventory carrying, and replenishment forecasting.
The implications of 3D printing technology are as varied as the creativity of its users. What potential disruptions can you imagine? 

 

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