George Carlin centered one of his most famous acts around the concept of “stuff”. He famously said, “That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff.” We have built an entire retail economy around this concept, and we plan for months, if not years, in advance to keep the flow of “stuff” going. We are now faced with a difficult conundrum. The flow of “stuff” has been halted by COVID-19.
About Nathan Steadman
Nathan is a Director for the Connors Group, specializing in developing labor improvement initiatives for organizations across retail, distribution and manufacturing channels. Key focus on optimizing labor deployment and staffing/service levels using engineered standards to staff the right people at the right time.
Nathan specializes in execution and management of projects which focus on analysis, design, and implementation of LEAN process improvements, best methods migration, task-based engineered standards development and work area layout changes.
More than 16 years of consulting experience. He has directly worked with 120+ clients across 15 countries.
Entries by Nathan Steadman
Compliance is a heavy word and often carries with it a negative connotation, especially when associated with business and employee related issues. But, it doesn’t have to be. In todays’ Friday Quick Read, Nate Steadman, Director at Connors Group outlines common compliance pitfalls, how to address them, and the expected results from taking action. The […]
As retailers move to expand their omnichannel strategies to allow customers to easily purchase products both online and in store, inventory accuracy is critical to maintaining customer satisfaction. Retailers effectively look to drive sales through initiatives such as BOPIS (buy online pick up in store), SFS (ship from store) and even customers just finding the […]
Customers hate to wait. And, according to M.I.T. operations researcher Richard Larson, widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on lines, their perceived wait time is longer than actual wait time by as much as 36 percent… To remedy this, retailers have employed many tactics over the years to reduce customer wait times and perception. […]
With the recent announcement by Amazon, that they will be increasing minimum wage for hourly employees to $15; the first reactions have been great, but true altruism might not be the real reason… Let’s take a closer look at a few key facts: Currently, unemployment is at record lows. In fact, it’s the lowest it’s […]