Subject: New Management Alert: Aiming High and Aiming Low: Managing by Quartiles for Improved Performance

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Aiming High and Aiming Low:
Managing by Quartiles for Improved Performance (Part II)

Printing Industries of America’s Management Alert series from the Center for Print Economics and Management provides members with information on key management strategies, issues, and practices. 

To manage something, you first need to measure it. This two-part Management Alert focuses on this topic—targeting specific metrics for improving performance. 
In Aiming High and Aiming Low: Managing by Quartiles for Improved Performance (Part II), we examine metrics where we need to aim low—the lower the better. In each part we utilize first-, middle-, and third-quartile metrics from the most recent PIA Ratios.
Topics covered include:
  • Four-stage continuous improvement process—define, measure, manage, and repeat
  • Seven metrics for aiming low such as factory cost of product, paper cost percent of sale, selling expenses percent of sales, and much more.
To view previous editions in the Management Alert series, please visit www.printing.org/managementalerts. For more information about the Center for Print Economics and Management as well as its publications, please contact Dr. Ron Davis at rdavis@printing.org.
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