Data in everyday life: Online sales – Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

Drew LeisenFollowing a day of family, football, and food, many Americans shrug off their turkey-induced comas to prepare for America’s second favorite pastime – Christmas shopping! Some shoppers avoid the long lines and late nights often found at brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday and choose to shop online or participate in a mega-event the following week, coined Cyber Monday. Online Christmas shopping has more than tripled over the past six years as this means of shopping is more accessible and convenient and comes with a far reduced risk of being trampled by the stampede of shoppers racing to get their hands on the latest craze!

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Our World Quality Month promotion winner is Gene Barnard (Heath Manufacturing Co., Michigan). He will receive a package of PQ products, with our congratulations!

Conference themes announced: The 2017 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, with focus areas of risk and change, customer experience, and the competitive advantage of quality are among themes for the May 1-3 conference in Charlotte, NC.

Global food recalls: International companies have been notified of food recalls related to bacterial contamination and other issues.

Culture of quality: Here are signs that indicate that a culture of quality improvement is not in place in an organization.

Coordinating back and front: Preventing silos in company processes demands harmony between front and back office operations.

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World quality focus: November is World Quality Month. Celebrate by entering to win a collection of PQ Systems tools and gear.

Customers as “small data:” Making connections with customers may represent a growing trend.

Food recall: Tyson has recalled 5-pound bags of chicken nuggets sold at Costco.

UK quality experts recognized: Automotive and aerospace industry quality management specialist G&P has been named as one of Britain’s fastest growing companies achieved through international sales growth.

Quality quiz (October 2016)—and September’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 2 are Ray Last (Essential Turbines, Quebec); Sharon Kelly (Toyota Compressor Parts, GA); and Michael Hinojosa (TRW, MI). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by October 31.

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Quality quiz (September 2016)—and August’s quiz winners!

Winners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1 are Roberta Martinez (F&B Manufacturing, AZ); Surinder Sikand (Siemens Milltronics Process Instruments, ON); and Kimberly Hammond (Gritman Medical Center, ID). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 2, submit your response by September 30.

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Conference registration: The AIAG 2016 Quality Summit will be held September 29-30 in Novi, MI. This year’s theme is “Surviving and Thriving Through Industry Transformation.”

Takata airbag recall: Choosing a supplier on the basis of price alone has created the world’s largest recall effort.

AME conference:  The annual conference of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will take place in Dallas, October 24-28. The AME conference is the largest lean and continuous improvement conference in the world.

Food quality: Antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria has been found in one in every four chicken samples collected from the UK’s largest supermarkets.