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What does it take to become a Lean Enterprise?

What does it take to become a Lean Enterprise?

In our experience, there are 3 keys to successful implementation of Lean: Leadership Commitment, Employee Involvement and Execution. These form the foundation that will allow Lean to take root and drive results.

Leadership Commitment

Creating a Lean, Agile Enterprise

Creating a Lean, Agile Enterprise 

Customers are continually demanding exceptional quality as well as higher levels of commitment to service. Complicating these customer demands are material cost fluctuations, volatile commodities and the need for rapid product/service adaption. These issues are making it more challenging every day for companies to maintain or improve their competitive advantage.

Do More with Less

Supply Chain Management - Making SMEs Adoptive and Responsive

Supply Chain Management - Making Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Adoptive and Responsive 

One fine morning you get up to find out that your daily bread's price has gone up by 15% and the Kinnaur apples that you savour costs 20% more, you may be wondering what has gone wrong even while the price of ingredients used in bread remain steady. Is it the bread manufacturer or the apple grower who are playing spoilsport? Here the role of supply chain management comes. Something must have gone wrong down the supply chain line. Manufacturing or production, labour, traders, packaging, transportation, competition are some the factors which have driven up the costs.

The 1 Point Difference!

The 1 Point Difference!

The Pollsters were right. The 2012 US Presidential race was indeed a very close call. The popular votes were almost evenly divided. It surely must have been a dilemma for many a voter to choose between an incumbent with a poor performance record and a challenger whose position they were still figuring out.

Eventually, the long drawn, hard fought battle did produce a decisive outcome but what took many by surprise on the results night is how quickly the winner was projected by the TV networks. The ‘party time’ for the other camp was over way too early that evening!

Supply Chain Challenges in the Heavy Manufacturing Industry

Supply Chain Challenges in the Heavy Manufacturing Industry

The heavy manufacturing industry has its own unique challenges in managing its supply chain.

Global shifts in demand, traditionally low volumes and extensively long lead times are common factors that define the nature of this industry. Additionally, by nature of the specialized processes involved in manufacturing these products, the complexity of the supply chain alone, is further increased with the inclusion of many smaller sized suppliers and subcontractors performing these specialized operations.

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