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Material Demand Aggregation Creates Wise Financial Moves

By |2021-01-21T16:32:33+00:00January 11th, 2021|AVI Blog|

Supply Dynamics (SDX) released an article with a thought-provoking beginning. It said, “Discover how Supply Dynamics helped a Fortune 200 Aerospace OEM use SDX to transform how they manage their supply chain and how they utilized material demand aggregation to achieve: 25% cost reduction on raw materials $45 million in projected savings over 5 years

COVID Fractures Supply Chains & Small Manufacturers Respond

By |2021-01-12T19:49:02+00:00January 4th, 2021|AVI Blog|

“... the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase consolidation and fragmentation in the defense manufacturing industry…” ~ army-technology.com “Months of commerce-crushing lockdown, followed by a deeply fragmented exit from the acute phase of the pandemic, will continue to wreak havoc on supply chains.”~ controlrisks.com Components & Employees: Unsuspecting Musical Chairs COVID-19 created more than a

A Crash Course in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

By |2020-12-24T00:49:57+00:00December 24th, 2020|AVI Blog|

TechTarget defines computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as the “use of applied mathematics, physics, and computational software to visualize how gas or liquid flows-- as well as how the gas or liquid affects objects as it flows past.” If you’re wondering if CFD is a big deal, the answer is a resounding YES! As the Journal

Skilled Trades: Positions Open & Brimming with Pride

By |2021-01-05T21:30:08+00:00December 17th, 2020|AVI Blog|

“Skilled trades-- those careers that require hands-on work and specialty knowledge-- have been in high demand for a long time. In 2019, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News reported that retiring baby boomers in the skilled trades were outpacing new employees by a rate of 5 to 1, estimating that there were nearly half a million

A Testimonial for Skilled Trades & Manufacturing

By |2020-11-30T22:41:27+00:00November 12th, 2020|AVI Blog|

Hi, I’m Evelyn. My grandfather drove a truck for a living, transporting goods to new job sites every day. My father assisted with creating products for businesses that range from a cheese company to the world-renowned Airstream. Most of my uncles and cousins and my brother devote their professional life to manufacturing and the skilled

Define Skilled Trades

By |2020-11-30T22:31:49+00:00November 5th, 2020|AVI Blog|

As a champion of the skilled trades, I’m pulled toward articles, facts, figures, and people who shed light on the skilled trades gap- the number of skilled trades positions open versus the number of people qualified and willing to apply for those positions. Time and time again, I find it’s assumed that readers know the

Employee Burnout: A Massive Contributor to the Skills Gap

By |2020-11-18T00:49:18+00:00October 29th, 2020|AVI Blog|

In February 2020, an article entitled What Does Burnout Have to Do With the Skills Gap? brought the following two statistics to light: “Roughly 20% of employees report high levels of engagement and job burnout, revealing that, although they are or were interested in their job, they can’t withstand the stress or pressure it entails.”

Remote Working is Working: Tips on Managing & Succeeding

By |2020-11-05T00:21:16+00:00October 22nd, 2020|AVI Blog|

“Prior to the pandemic, just 1 in 30 companies had at least half of their staff working remotely, according to research from human resources consulting firm Mercer. As of late August 2020, it was 1 in 3. Of the employers surveyed, 94% said productivity has remained the same or increased since employees began working remotely.”

The Formula for Mental Strength

By |2020-10-15T18:18:58+00:00October 15th, 2020|AVI Blog|

Forbes released an article entitled Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid, and it’s one of the best pieces I’ve read in quite some time. It’s not only applicable to the business world; it applies to life in general too. Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker compiled the list, and then

Self-Confidence & Entrepreneurial Spirit: The Perfect Match

By |2020-10-08T22:27:06+00:00September 23rd, 2020|AVI Blog|

Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, Business2Community.com, and many other credible sources agree that self-confidence is key to entrepreneurial success. The importance of self-confidence in an entrepreneur may seem obvious. Still, too often, an entrepreneur has more confidence in their product or service than themselves.  When entrepreneurs lack self-confidence, it’s harder for their consumers, employees, and investors to believe