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Regenia Sanders and Alison Ponder quoted in IndustryWeek, “Services Trade: Why it Matters to U.S. Manufacturing”

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SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President, and Alison Ponder, Senior Director, were quoted in a IndustryWeek’s Services Trade: Why it Matters to U.S. Manufacturing, on manufacturing and a new major growth opportunity–services trade. Alison commented on congestion at ports as volumes rise, leading to increased wait times and companies needing to “get more advanced in how they manage their inventory” such as inventory management, logistics, tax services, and market research. On technology and engineering services, Regenia was quoted on the use of big data by manufacturing companies to differentiate themselves. She suggests to look at your product and R&D “to understand what the customers are asking for and that starts a whole trickle-down effect throughout the entire supply chain.” Regenia Sanders serves as a Vice President of SSA & Company. Alison Ponder serves as a Senior Director of SSA & Company. Read…

Jason Meil and Matthew Bedwell’s article “Getting More Value From Performance Evaluations” published on AMA Playbook

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SSA & Company’s Jason Meil and The Miles Group (TMG)’s Matthew Bedwell’s article “Getting More From Value From Performance Evaluations” was featured in AMA’s blog, AMA Playbook last week. This article is similar to “The Art and Science of Evaluation”, which was published in AMA Quarterly’s Winter 2016-2017 edition last month. “Human capital is a company’s greatest asset and likely its largest cost. Yet most companies still apply little rigor to measuring that capital—certainly compared to the way data is used in operational efficiency and customer-facing activities.” In the two articles, Jason and Matt suggest ways in which applying analytics to people operations can bring science and art together and help make talent development programs and organizations more effective. Read Getting More Value From Performance Evaluations here. Jason Meil serves as SSA & Company’s Managing Director, New Products and Innovation.       Matthew Bedwell is…

G100 Network Notebook | February 2017

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What You Don’t Know About CEO Tenure New data from Spencer Stuart reveals an encouraging and overlooked sign in the media coverage of CEO turnover. Tenure for S&P 500 CEOs continues to rise partly because of better board and management alignment around performance: Contrary to common perception that the market has become less patient with public company CEOs, for S&P 500 chief executives, the average total tenure has increased 35%, from 6.79 years in 2004, to 9.20 in 2016. Much of the increase came from boards sticking with their CEOs after the 2008 financial crisis. And tenures have continued to increase, rising 30% since 2010. The research also explains what longer CEO tenure means for recruiting and succession. That helps explain why Warren Buffet is bullish on airlines, reports Business Insider: The 2008 Delta-Northwest merger was an absolute home run. The…

Regenia Sanders quoted in TechTarget, “Mobile logistics technology takes long route to consumer-grade devices”

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SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology, was quoted in an article in TechTarget on mobile logistics technology. Regenia was cited that wearable and augmented reality technology can increase productivity and reduce error in a supply chain within the warehouse and “offer a significant advantage in data entry.” Regenia offers the example of DHL International’s successful pilot program using Google Glass to improve its picking process—allowing workers to be hands-free, letting them find the fastest routes possible, and eliminating the need to manually key in bar codes. The implementation reduced the time for picking and packing items for shipping by 25%. Read the full article here. Regenia Sanders serves as SSA & Company’s Vice President, Supply Chain and Business Technology. 

SSA & Company Notebook | Winter 2017

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Ideas That Made Us Think Evolving Customer Sentiment Can Unlock Your Supply best low interest personal loans Chain’s Potential Consumers’ demands to know what’s in their products is putting unprecedented pressure on companies. Supply chains are increasingly fragmented, and “suppliers are often reluctant to share their formulations, buyers balk at higher costs, and in some cases cost-effective safer substitutes simply aren’t available.” According to Bloomberg, companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., are demanding increased accountability and transparency from their suppliers, and the market is starting to respond. Pike Research forecasts hypergrowth for the green chemistry market—from $11 billion to nearly $100 billion by 2020. In order to meet this growing demand, companies can partner with suppliers to understand constraints, collaborate on ways to efficiently use green chemicals, and minimize the costs passed along to consumers. Forward-thinking companies can utilize their supply chains as public differentiators…

Bob Silvers quoted in MarketWatch, “Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output”

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Bob Silvers, Managing Director of Energy and Life Sciences at SSA & Company, was quoted in a MarketWatch article titled “Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output”, on the many factors that are driving oil prices right now. Bob was quoted suggesting that a rise in the price of oil will depend on the ability of U.S. companies to increase shale production. Bob Silvers is Managing Director of Energy and Life Sciences at SSA & Company. Read the full article here.

John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva contribute to International Banker, “Best Practices for Operational Compliance Transformation”

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SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva contributed an article, “Best Practices for Operational Compliance Transformation” to International Banker today. With stricter regulations, banks and other financial services companies have resources to compliance teams to signal to regulators that the organization is compliant with all laws. But these investments are usually met with budget cuts to operations groups and many companies have struggled to find a balance. In the article, John and Sachin suggest that through leveraging both operational improvements and data analytics and technology solutions companies can create more efficient, effective organizations and reduce regulatory risk. Specifically, the authors suggest: driving collaboration across compliance and implementation groups (Ops-Tech), investing in implementation groups, tapping the potential of advanced analytics and new technologies to improve operations and reduce costs, and leveraging external partnerships to drive efficiency and competitive advantage. To…

SSA & Company: Advanced Analytics, Leadership, and Future Growth

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Advanced Analytics, Leadership, and Future Growth With global GDP growth slowing, CEO tenure decreasing, and a talent shortage emerging, CEOs and management teams look to challenging—but exciting—opportunities provided by data and digital. The promise of new technologies and data tools to create faster, more comprehensive solutions has existed for decades, but today it has become a reality for most companies. The possibilities have increased exponentially—but just as importantly, costs have dramatically decreased. Despite cost and capability improvements, as well as investments in data analytics and new technologies, few companies have seen transformative results. Boards, CEOs, and management teams must ask themselves: How does this ever-expanding data resource directly or indirectly drive growth? SSA & Company hosted roundtables—convening leaders at Fortune 500 and private equity firms—to discuss opportunities and pitfalls of big data strategy execution. The private meetings were led by…

Jason Meil and Matthew Bedwell contributed an article, “The Art and Science of Evaluation” to AMA Quarterly’s Winter 2016-2017 edition

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SSA & Company’s Jason Meil and The Miles Group (TMG)’s Matthew Bedwell’s article “The Art and Science of Evaluation” was featured yesterday in AMA Quarterly’s Winter 2016-2017 edition. For equity loan interest rates today’s leaders, human capital proves to be the biggest asset and cost. Yet, most companies do not prioritize measuring, assessing, and retaining that capital. Jason and Matthew lay out several ways in which data and analytics can drive performance management and help organizations grow and create value. For example, leaders struggle to quickly and easily capture feedback. Using new technology, like TMG’s app lloop, a tool that can help capture performance feedback “in the moment”, organizations can better capture, organize, and analyze feedback which can help drive “fact-based conversations and analyze performance against specific development goals.” While each organization may choose different data-strategies for human capital, there is little doubt that “applying art…

Wayne Dix quoted in Managed Care Magazine, “An Old-Fashioned Notion: Stand Behind Your Wares”

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Wayne Dix, Vice President, Healthcare at SSA & Company, was quoted in a Managed Care Magazine article titled “An Old-Fashioned Notion: Stand Behind Your Wares” on outcomes-based contracting in the pharmaceutical industry. According to Wayne, there may be several practical challenges to value-based contracts including “administrative overhead, the intricacies of data collection and validation, and understanding how or why the data are relevant to the agreement.” The article quotes Wayne’s thoughts on the importance of strong data analytics to make outcomes-based contracting work. Wayne Dix is Vice President, Healthcare at SSA & Company. Read the full article here.