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  • Supply Chain Playbook

    Preparing for a Downturn

    The development of a global world class supply chain is a challenge in good times, but is really tested when a supply chain is significantly disrupted. During periods of supply and demand disruptions, like we are currently experiencing, the concept of world class is severely tested. As companies are attempting to understand the resiliency of their supply chain, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, Playbooks, Supply Chain Optimization, on July 13, 2020
  • Case Study in Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning (SIOP) Process Improvement

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Situation Analysis

    A $400M per year consumer products company was experiencing problems with their Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning ( SIOP or S&OP ) process. Lead times for product were excessive and the supply chain wasn’t responsive enough to serve the needs of its markets. Inventory had swelled 25% to over $70M. This was due to their business processes not being able to …Read More

    This entry was posted in Case Studies, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Manufacturing and Distribution, Supply Chain Optimization, on May 6, 2019
  • What is Kaizen ?

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Kaizen is part of a Continuous Improvement strategy where stakeholders (customers, suppliers, employees and contract workers) at every level work together to implement process improvements at the business level and on the shop floor.  These improvements may be …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, on January 29, 2019
  • What is a “ Brown Paper Exercise “ and What is its’ Value?

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Here are some facts to consider when deciding to add the Brown Paper Exercise to a Value Stream Mapping Project:

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    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Strategic Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, on December 20, 2018
  • FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO DRIVE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT : PART V

    Preparing for a Downturn

    In Part V of the series on Driving Continuous Improvement, we discuss the importance of utilizing the right combination of Continuous Improvement tools. Once you have your program aligned with your business strategy and …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Manufacturing and Distribution, on May 6, 2018
  • Driving Continuous Improvement: Part IV – Strategic Execution

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Many people believe that Continuous Improvement is a culture.  It certainly is in the eyes of the Japanese and many others, but is continuous improvement really a culture or something else? …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Strategic Execution, on February 20, 2018
  • FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO DRIVE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT – PART III

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Continuous Improvement has a long history in the business world and after over 50 years many leadership teams we talk to believe that it can be done quickly and throughout the entire organization in 6-12 months.  How wrong they are.

    Part III is about …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Organizational Development, on September 17, 2017
  • Five Things You Need to Do to Drive Continuous Improvement Part II

    Preparing for a Downturn

    In Part I, I identified 5 things you need to do to drive Continuous Improvement.  In this article, we show how business strategy should drive continuous improvement programs and not the other way around.  The 5 things were: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Strategic Execution, on August 18, 2017
  • Five Things You Need To Do To Drive Continuous Improvement Part I

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    Continuous Improvement consultation ServicesChange happens. Every business environment requires continuously changing strategies, processes, tools and skills. Implementing a continuous improvement program is one way a company can harness their response to change and create competitive advantage. As companies launch continuous improvement programs, they need to have a plan. Effective programs require the following 5 elements leading to successful and sustainable …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Transformation, Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Global Initiatives, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Strategic Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, on August 22, 2014
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