Increasing Machinery Throughput Without More Machines

Too often manufacturing operations are quick to look at a technological solution or other capital investment to solve a problem, when leaders already have all they need right in front of them. An investment in human capital can make quick gains for less money. Consider the following example. In the Midwest a manufacturing company with […]

Improving Recruitment Processes – Part 2 of 2

The HR team sought to reduce the time and effort involved in finding good candidates for open positions. (Note: The details of the process have been condensed and modified for the sake of confidentiality and easy of storytelling.) As in Part 1 of this article, which addressed the cycle time to fill open positions, Part […]

Improving Recruitment Process – Part 1 of 2

In this case study, a team strives to improve the recruitment process in a large, fast-moving consumer goods company. Rising attrition is a common problem across industries. Tight monthly, quarterly and annual objectives leave little room for error when it comes to having the required manpower being available consistently. Unwanted attrition results in two significant […]

Purchase / Supply chain

  One of the world’s largest sellers of office products found that in its various product delivery models (including stores, direct mail, contract delivery, internet and b2b deliveries), the requirement of 99% timely and correct delivery was not being met. The errors were classified as oversight, transcription and conceptual. Lean and Six Sigma techniques led […]