Business Sense: 8 Wastes for Countertop Fabricators to Cut for Better Efficiency

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware We’ve been diving deep into lean manufacturing for countertop fabricators over the last few weeks. And because lean manufacturing is all about boosting efficiency with an emphasis on cutting waste, that’s what this whole post is dedicated to! Think of manufacturing waste like that extra poundage you pick up … Read more

Business Sense: What is Lean Manufacturing, and Why Should Countertop Fabricators Care?

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Have you ever thought about how you can maximize productivity and minimize waste? Of course you have! That’s how you create a profitable countertop fabrication business. However, what you might not know is that lean manufacturing is actually a tried-and-true manufacturing ideology used by countless businesses all … Read more

Business Sense: Scheduling Tricks to Save You Time

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware There never seems to be enough time in the day. It’s true for our personal lives, and for countertop fabricators, it’s especially true in the office. Luckily, with some fancy scheduling, you can save some time here and there throughout the day. It might not seem … Read more

Business Sense: 5 Best Practices for Training New Employees on Existing Processes and Systems

As if finding help wasn’t hard enough for busy fabricators, once you find the employees you need, you have to train them! While it might take time out of your very busy schedule, training is a vital part of keeping your business running smoothly and efficiently.  If you look at employee retention … Read more

Business Sense: A Quick Guide to Setting Goals For Your Countertop Business

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Goals are critical for any business, including the fabrication industry. Without them, it’s like playing a game of darts in a pitch-black room. You keep aiming and throwing, but you have no idea if you’re ever going to hit the bullseye. That’s where KPIs come in.  … Read more

Business Sense: It’s Time to Hire a Data Person for Your Countertop Shop

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Not another person to hire! This one is different, I promise.  To fully understand how your business is performing—whether it is weekly sales, material usage, or employee efficiency—analyzing the data is incredibly crucial for success. If you don’t know where your bottlenecks are, you can’t make the adjustments … Read more

Business Sense: 3 Ways Countertop Fabricators Can Save Money in Their Business

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Money! There never seems to be enough of it, right? Just when you think you’re in the black, someone drops another slab or a customer complains about a job and you have to rework it for free. Now you’re actually paying to install countertops instead … Read more

Business Sense: Better Data Leads to Better Business Decisions

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Have you ever heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out”? It’s the perfect description for when you overlook the information input part of your process. If you aren’t thinking about how and why you are entering job info into your job management system, then you … Read more

Business Sense: How to Start Streamlining Your Countertop Shop

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Many of you already know that a growing shop comes with a few growing pains. As more business comes in, your current process (and head) becomes strained. What once worked smoothly, starts to break down. Important details get missed, customers are upset, and the stress is at … Read more

Business Sense: 7 Valuable Things We’ve Learned From Visiting Successful Countertop Shops

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Over the last 18+ years, we’ve had many amazing opportunities to visit countertop shops. Whether it’s through a tour associated with an industry event or visiting our own awesome customers, we’re always happy to see just how creative fabricators are getting with the way they … Read more