From Cars to Hospitals: Lean Processes in Healthcare

During one of my first consulting engagements, my client had a penchant for veering off topic.  So naturally when she brought up her black belt in Lean Six Sigma, I assumed she was about to share her interests in martial arts.   During my time in the hospital as a medical student and surgical resident, I had never heard of Lean processes, let alone Lean Six Sigma. …

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Pharma Industry Transformation: Welcome aboard

The pharmaceutical industry is undergoing significant change. A decline in blockbuster drugs, eroding profit margins and changing customer preferences and demands present challenges, but also opportunities for pharma companies. Transformation will occur from R&D to Consumers. It’s no secret that the pharma sector is behind when it comes to operating efficiently, especially in the...

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Improving ROI for CPG Manufacturers

In today’s increasingly competitive retail environment, it is critical for consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers to utilize trade promotions to drive product demand from consumers and in turn increase distribution into retailers. However, this comes at a cost. Typically, trade promotion spend is a CPG manufacturer’s second largest expense behind cost of goods sold, ranging anywhere from...

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Is your warehouse productivity flatlining?

Manufacturers and distributors face increasing pressures to maximize efficiency in their warehouses. But how they do so varies greatly. Finding the right balance of processes, technology, labor productivity, equipment and training is an art form. Warehouse managers must integrate these components into a comprehensive strategy, something that is easier said than done.…

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Supply Chain Revolving Around the Globe

Supply chain technologies are constantly evolving to keep up with the increasing globalization and complexity faced by organizations trying to manage their supply chains, keep costs down and maintain continuity in service and delivery. Many companies rely on a complex mix of spreadsheets fed by manual data entry and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; few of them use best-of-breed...

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Reenergizing Manufacturing

For decades now, manufacturing in Quebec and Ontario have been on a steady decline given increasing pressures to drive costs down to compete with foreign markets where labor costs are significantly cheaper. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in Toronto has proactively started several initiatives and conferences to inform manufacturers of the tools and practices available to improve...

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LEAN versus Technology: Adversaries or Allies?

Manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to promote efficiencies implementing LEAN techniques without sacrificing quality, balancing new technology advances with cost to implement and train staff, not to mention perceived savings. How do you find the right balance of process, technology and LEAN programs? Have you reached optimal levels of inventory?…

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