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Gemba Walk with Samuel Obara of Toyota Honsha – May 26, 2016

Why do so many companies try to implement lean but fail? The journey toward sustainable, continuous improvement starts with the Gemba Walk. You cannot devise useful Kaizen/continuous improvement programs sitting at your desk, but just going out and watching does not solve your problems, either – it only makes you an “industrial tourist.” On May

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Pull Systems with Lean Expert Mike Osterling; Thursday, April 28, 2016

Please join APICS San Gabriel Valley on Thursday, April 28, 2016, for a Professional Development Meeting (PDM) on Pull Systems with lean expert Mike Osterling. Pull systems surround us – as simple as the morning delivery of bread to the corner market, and as complex as releasing airplanes for takeoff based on available time slots

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Case Study: How Big Box Retail Sales Practices Derailed a Quality Product

This three-part case study describes how a client’s retail customer was inadvertently derailing the client’s sales, the investigation to determine the exact factors and what was done to fix it. Results: Not only did the client become much higher profile to the customer’s retail staff, but going that extra mile – providing meaningful sales training

We Won’t Take it Anymore: A Return Materials Authorization Case Study

Excerpt of Case Study: The company had three North American return material authorization (RMA) receiving facilities: two in Southern California and one in Mexico. Monthly, the three facilities were receiving approximately 120 RMA shipments, amounting to almost 2 million pieces with a dollar value of $1.5 million. At the start of the project, $250,000 in

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Sales and Operations Processes: Ignore at Your Own Risk…

Excerpt of case study: The Sales and Operations process is not well understood in many companies. The information collected by the Sales department is often inaccurate and incomplete, because, unfortunately, forecasting and gathering data is not the first priority of a sales department, but rather… Read full case study.

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You Can Only Take Excel So Far

Excerpt of Case Study: Excel is an excellent data analysis tool. If you need to dissect, or “slice and dice,” amounts of data there is probably no better tool available for regular business users. However, Excel used in business processes has two inherent weaknesses… Read full article.

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Training Success Stories

Here are some recent success stories from manufacturers that have trained their staff on APICS courses. President of fitness equipment manufacturer: Due to our expanded growth in the e-commerce area, we find ourselves in the enviable position of having over 200% growth over the past 6 months. We now handle Walmart.com for all of the

PDM Video: Root Cause Analysis

Hello Everyone! Samuel Obara‘s video presentation titled “Root Cause Analysis” from our June 22, 2011 PDM is now available to view below!  Presenter Samuel Obara is an advisor at Honsha and has over 20 years of Toyota Production System (TPS) experience.  As always, we encourage everyone to attend since part of the whole PDM experience

PDM Video: White Collar Lean – Kaizen Events for the Office

Hello Everyone! The below video is from a Professional Development Meeting (PDM) held on May 19th, 2011 at Domenico’s Italian Restaurant in Monrovia, CA.  The PDM was a joint collaboration between APICS San Gabriel Valley and ASQ San Gabriel Valley.  Mike Osterling, Lean expert and co-author of “The Kaizen Event Planner” was the guest speaker

Lean Principles: Definition and Origination

What is Lean?  At its core, it essentially means doing more with less.  Formally speaking (and according to APICS of course), Lean is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste (i.e. muda) via continuous improvement (i.e. kaizen) for the purposes of reducing cost and increasing customer value.  The origination of Lean concepts can be traced