- Frequently Asked Questions
- Process Mapping Desired Results
- Target Areas for Improvement
- Downtime - Eliminating the "8 Central Wastes"
- Getting Strategic With Your Supplier
Did You Know?
Collaboration with suppliers is one of the four best practices that separate the best purchasing organizations from the rest.
As a value-added service, our inventory management specialists will work with your personnel to map how product flows through your current system and identify areas where operational costs can be reduced or eliminated.
We will uncover hidden sources of supply chain waste and provide total cost savings solutions that make your business faster, leaner, and more competitive.
Need help with process mapping? Contact the Lean Team to schedule a process mapping consultation.
Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control
DEFINE the current state of your process
- Bring teams together to discuss objectives and challenges
- Collect historical data to quantify current procurement system costs
- Map a complete path of product, from identified demand to material receipt
MEASURE collected data
- Enter all possession and acquisition costs to create a baseline total cost
- Graph baseline cost as a starting point to measure future improvements
ANALYZE the process to identify waste
- Review the current state process and determine which steps are non-value-added
- Review 6S audit to avoid any missed opportunities
- Identify sources of waste (8 Central Wastes)
- Create a future state summary that previews how the process will work once non-value-added activities have been removed; compare current state vs. future savings
IMPROVE: Discuss potential improvement opportunities and begin implementation
- Present current state findings and recommended implementation to stakeholders
- Begin implementation process improvements
CONTROL: Create an environment that promotes sustainability and continuous improvement
- Establish quarterly meetings to review progress and drive continuous improvement
- Use meetings to present cost savings documentation and 6S material for future savings opportunities