We are excited to announce a new corporate-wide innovation initiative that is focused on developing new, creative ways of engaging with our clients, our partners, and our internal teams to drive cost and process innovations for both IWCO Direct and our clients. This project will approach innovation from multiple facets, ensuring that the innovations we […]
When I joined IWCO Direct in May, I looked forward to the challenge of continuing to advance our highly effective, data-driven marketing solutions and help our clients achieve even greater marketing success. While the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic has made pursuing this goal more challenging than any of us could have anticipated, I’m pleased to report that the IWCO Direct team has stepped up and stayed focused on powering the success of our clients’ marketing programs.
The IWCO Direct Continuous Improvement (CI) team has had a busy year engaging in more than 100 projects. We’ve worked with our operations partners to streamline process improvements, reduce waste, and enhance quality through new training and employee engagement initiatives. Projects we’ve tackled this year include: Streamlining Processes Innovation Initiative: Our team is providing project […]
In February, IWCO Direct hosted the Manufacturing Alliance Lean Enterprise Peer Group for a Critical-to-Quality (CTQ) event to showcase efforts we’ve made to ensure customer satisfaction. The Manufacturers Alliance is an association that provides a platform for manufacturers to come together for training, education, best practice sharing, and exchanging industry ideas.
A year-end review of our data security means looking at every aspect of our program, even those that are performing well, to identify areas where we can be even better. While our Information Security team will certainly be joining in this time of reflection, it will be as part of the everyday commitment that is required to deliver effective security …
With SMEs and managers needing access to all kinds of information, our iDirect intranet is invaluable for keeping everyone on the same page. What can be found there? So much—perhaps too much! But it is better than digging through network folders or contacting a department’s busy subject matter experts …
Continuous Improvement (CI) is all about empowering individuals to identify, analyze, and solve problems. The real power and impact of these elements become apparent when they strengthen the quality of our processes and products, reduce cycle time, facilitate change management, mitigate risk, and improve the customer experience – all while improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and […]
Technical writers are key players within any system or process change initiative at IWCO Direct. Their writing style and standards turn the knowledge of our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) into consumable content, providing clarity and answers for those that seek information about our processes […]
IWCO Direct hosted Steel Partners’ annual, week-long “Presidents Kaizen” earlier this month. The purpose of the week was to bring executive teams together to demonstrate to IWCO Direct employees Steel Partners’ “top down” approach to Lean manufacturing principles […]
At the end of August, we welcomed members of the Steel Partners Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Council to Minnesota for their week-long annual meeting. The 54 members in attendance represented 35 locations from 11 different Steel Partners companies. Our Chanhassen campus acted as home base to facilitate the communication of best management practices for EH&S […]