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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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