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Articles by Joan Adams

ADAMS ON PVF Supply: Finance 101 - Joan's Guide To Risk & Return

September 1, 2006
Just imagine for a moment that barter was still the principal means for selling and acquiring goods and services. How would a seller or buyer find the perfect barter partner,
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A Little Pruning - A Lot Of Growth

August 14, 2006
Over time, all companies collect more customers, products and vendors than they need.A careful sorting of each of these three groups will show you where you are making money, breaking even and even losing money.
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ADAMS ON PVFSUPPLY: The “Broken Windows” Theory

July 1, 2006
In the early 1990s, Rudy Giuliani, then the newly elected Mayor of New York City, set out to prove that New York City - a city which for years had been assumed to be too big, too unruly, too diverse, too broke to be managed - was in fact, manageable.
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Growth Is Good

June 1, 2006
Growth must be part of your business strategy in order to succeed.
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CHANGE

May 10, 2006
We are creatures of habit. We like predictability. Change means breaking habits. It means a permanent breach with the old routine. It is not obvious at all how one goes about successfully making change. First you have to figure out just what it is you want to change, then you actually have to exercise some discipline to get yourself to change and finally you have to resist all those external pressures, all those temptations that are pushing you constantly to “go back” to the old ways. Individual change is tough.
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ADAMS ON PVF SUPPLY: The PVF Roundtable - Not Just For Texas

April 8, 2006
Business is great, but every silver cloud must have a dark lining.

In February, I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the PVF Roundtable in Houston. For those of you who have not been to the area, let me start by saying as far as PVF goes, everything IS bigger in Texas. Houston is both the PVF bellwether and the PVF Mecca. How PVF goes in Houston, so goes PVF nationwide - albeit, a little less intensely and a little later. Nonetheless, the Houston market is a strong leading indicator of the health of the PVF market in general.
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Change Is Good

March 10, 2006
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Boil this famous statement down and what it really says is, “You must change.” I recently started working for a new client, one that has been through a steady downturn for a very long time.
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Muda II - Solutions To Waste

February 15, 2006
In my last article (“Stop Wasting Time, Effort, Money!” SUPPLY HOUSE TIMES, January 2006, page 26) you learned about Muda, the Japanese word for waste. Since then, you have no doubt seen all sorts of Muda every day in your business - inside salespeople waiting for information; more inventory than needed stacked up around your warehouse; billing, shipping, receiving errors.
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Adams on PVF Supply...Stop Wasting Time, Effort, Money!

January 3, 2006
The total elimination of "muda" is the key to improving operations and profit.
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Adams on PVF Supply...People, People, People

December 1, 2005
Hiring the right people requires a systematic approach.
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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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