The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers

While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to understanding how lean will affect their business processes. Those who are eager to begin the lean journey, however, must learn how to prioritize the metrics that matter, and frequently measure them in order to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Discover why it works.
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Innovative, Sustainable, and Responsive: Food and Beverage Manufacturers Evolve for the New Economy

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Key Challenges Facing Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers and What They Must Do To Survive

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Lean Manufacturing

In the manufacturing arena, lean is a top topic. And though companies expect a big payoff from the lean approach to manufacturing—including increases in production capacity and product quality, reduced production time and inventories, etc.—there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy of applying lean principles to every manufacturing organization. Find out how you need to view lean to get the most out of it for your particular organization. Read More

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Impact of Sales and Procurement on Reverse Logistics

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Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co.

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Heinz Frozen Food Company was set on improving its manufacturing and maintenance process efficiency, and knew that implementing a new enterprise asset management (EAM) system would involve monumental change for employees. Heinz choose a Web-based system to help it gain better visibility into processes and work towards more progressive lean manufacturing and lean maintenance practices for greater efficiency. Learn more. Read More

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