Thank you very much for all the hard work insight and commitment that has gone into our organization. We would not be the company we are today without your help.
Maine MEP Project Manager Wayne Messer, part of the MEP National Network™, is a trusted advisor to Artforms and has worked with the company on standardized work documents, sales training, and HR referrals, among other projects. Recently, leadership asked Wayne to assist in finding solutions to the unhealthy production cycle and determine how to best allow Kip to step back from the day-to-day details of running the business. Wayne attended department meetings and observed each area of work to determine opportunities for improvement.
Over the past few years Kip has worked closely with the art department, and inside and external sales to establish processes that have created steady inventory planning while also working to make the accounting processes more visible and streamlined. Production, on the other hand, has struggled with scheduling and keeping up with projected inventory needs. The company uses an industry specific ERP software called Impress, which is not fully being utilized. Better use of the ERP software and stronger planning will improve production scheduling and smooth out the staffing needs. With Wayne’s encouragement, Artforms is focusing on improving production planning, staffing the production department for success, developing clear and actionable department goals, job roles and responsibilities and key performance indicators.