Logistics Management Coordinates Supply Chain Efforts

By William Feyk

In an increasingly global economy, logistics management continues to be a major focus for any businesses that provide a physical product to its clients or consumers. After all, logistics management encompasses every activity associated with delivery of a company’s products. This includes inventory control and planning, handling of materials, administration of transportation, fleet management, purchasing and sourcing, customer and account service, and warehouse operations.

By maintaining efficient procedures and policies for logistics management, companies ensure that they will have an adequate inventory to meet their customers’ needs. These systems facilitate immediate access to products, on-time distribution to customers, efficient packaging, and oversight of outbound and inbound transportation via land and sea. In addition, logistics management develops schedules for shipment of raw materials used in production, manufacturing timetables, and the acceptance of supplies. Logistics managers work closely with an organization’s sales force, financial officers, information technology, and marketing team.

About the Author: William Feyk is highly experienced in the areas of team building, leadership development, and strategic planning. He earned a Master of Science degree at Central Michigan University and later completed specialized training in business development and strategic leadership. A former Brigadier General in the United States Army, William Feyk has proven himself as an effective manager of resources and personnel.

The Importance of Change Management

By William Feyk

Businesses, particularly information technology-driven companies, require constant reevaluation of their operating and production systems in order to maintain or improve overall performance. However, change, if not implemented correctly, can actually result in a loss of performance through decreased efficiency, reduced morale, and other effects. Therefore, change management plans can be vital tools to helping ensure a business’s proposed change accomplishes the goals for which it was developed.

Simply put, a change management plan is a process, typically tailored specifically to a company’s size and resources, that monitors past changes and performs cost-benefit analyses on proposed changes before deciding which changes to perform. Once a decision is made, the change management plan helps determine the most efficient, effective way to implement the change, using available staffing and other resources. Thus, the multi-step process provides a standardized metric to use when deciding on which changes to make to a system, as well as the best way to put the change into practice. However, for a change management process to work well, businesses must have open, clear communication between key departments involved in the change process, as well as a change manager who is able to act as a bridge between those departments. However, with strong communication and a well designed change management plan in place, businesses can avoid many of the problems inherent in most large-scale changes.

About the author: William Feyk is the Vice President of Business Development at L-3 MPRI, an international training provider. His experience includes team building, capture management, and change management.

William Feyk on Why Companies Use Change Management Plans

These days, business development and expansion can accelerate at breakneck speed. Both small business and large corporations benefit from being flexible and perceptive to the need for change. Many companies, however, struggle with the process, and some choose to employ a management plan to facilitate major changes.

Changes may be influenced by external factors, such as political shifts, economic situations, suppliers, customer demands, feedback, criticism, action from a competitor, or press and media representation. Internal changes to an organization also require careful planning, such as business expansion, globalization, alteration to management structure, introduction of new technology or software, mergers, or acquisitions. Whatever the size of a business, major changes can have enormous impacts on operations, employee relations, and customer satisfaction. Implementing a solid and well-constructed change management plan will maximize the benefits of proposed changes while minimizing potential resistance and any unexpected consequences.

About the Author:
A highly respected business executive, William Feyk holds several decades of leadership and business development experience. While working as a U.S. Army officer, Mr. Feyk gathered a wide range of management expertise, which he has successfully brought to his current role as the Vice President of L-3 MPRI.