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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 →

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Kanban in a Veterinary Office TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A couple weeks ago I brought my French bulldog to his veterinarian because he was sick. After he was treated and given a prescription, I noticed that the office had …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 →

Restocking Points and Gas Tanks TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | An excellent example of restocking/reorder points (with pull or kanban systems) is your car’s gas tank. Here’s why. There’s a maximum amount of product you can stock – when the …Continue reading →

Defects and Excess Motion at a Sandwich Shop TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | This past weekend I visited Edisto Beach in South Carolina. (If you’ve never been, it’s lovely and relatively quiet.) After hitting the driving range just off the main drag on …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #3: “Pull” Systems TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the fourth post looking at the 14 lean principles of The Toyota Way.) The third lean principle of The Toyota Way is a follow-up to the second lean …Continue reading →

So What Is Lean Anyway? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We should step back and start from the beginning. Lean Blitz has already looked at the lean wastes, started to review some of the lean tools, and touched on the …Continue reading →

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