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Around The Bases: NFL Draft Jerseys Edition TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The NFL Draft and Nike came up with a neat concept in 2012 – a way to present each first round draft pick at the Draft in New York with …Continue reading →

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Royals Fan Sues Team After Hot Dog Injury TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | This past season a fan attending a Kansas City Royals baseball game was injured by a hot dog thrown at him by the Royals mascot Sluggerrr. Now he is suing …Continue reading →

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The #2013 Masters: On-Site Masters Logistics and Materials Supply Chain TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Masters Week is finally here! All of the golf world has descended upon Augusta, Georgia for April 8-14 for the 2013 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta National …Continue reading →

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A #Lean Look at the #Baseball Jersey Manufacturing Process TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Rob Neyer of SBNation shared this great video from the YES Network on how Majestic manufactures the game jerseys for the New York Yankees. With an eye on the eight …Continue reading →

Minnesota Twins Shorten Communication Gaps AND Minimize Beer Keg Transportation TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Here are two quick stories about the Minnesota Twins finding ways to increase efficiency (or productivity, which is probably a better depiction). First, the Twins have enrolled some of their …Continue reading →

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Why Overpurchasing Is Wasteful TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s very easy to get caught up in volume discounts – buy more at one time or buy earlier, and we’ll give you a price break on each piece. It …Continue reading →

What is Lean vs. Six Sigma vs. Kaizen? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Questions I’m asked often – by potential clients and colleagues and friends alike – center around Lean versus Six Sigma, and versus Kaizen. What are the differences between them? When …Continue reading →

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Panera Bread Coffee, Visual Management, and Reduced Motion TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Here’s an opportunity for Panera Bread to implement a slight change to their “equipment” in order to better serve the customers and the operators. The typical Panera Bread coffee customization …Continue reading →

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Domino’s Pizza Boxes, Standardized Work, and Overproduction TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Just about every time I walk into a Domino’s Pizza shop I encounter a wall of pre-built pizza boxes. These stacks of boxes are generally on a shelf low to …Continue reading →

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Lean Tools: Standardized Work and Best Practices TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s been a long time since I’ve jumped into describing the Lean tools – I broke away to focus on the 14 principles of The Toyota Way, because they were …Continue reading →

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Lean is Safety TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | First, let’s understand the concept of safety. Safety is defined as “relative freedom from danger, risk, or threat of harm, injury, or loss to personnel and/or property, whether caused deliberately or by accident” as per BusinessDictionary.com. So being in a safe situation …Continue reading →

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A Case for Kanban and Materials Management TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A prominent sports organization in the area (that shall remain nameless) normally uses an outside materials supplier to stock about 200 individual consumable items (paper products, food and drink items, …Continue reading →

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Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Optimizing Restaurants and Nightclub Operations TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Labor Day! Between baseball games, grilling out, running, and kicking off the college football season I was introduced to a show on Spike TV called Bar Rescue, and I’m …Continue reading →

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The Hassle of Rolling Loose Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Rolling loose change is a pretty annoying practice. It’s extremely time consuming, to the point that I simply collect coins in a large tin (or large plastic Coke bottle bank) …Continue reading →

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Toyota Way Principle #8 and Implementing Technology that Helps TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | One of my current clients has a two-pronged plan for improving a process that is absorbing a lot of resources (people, time, risk, money). The first prong is to optimize …Continue reading →

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