Friday Fact – Go Lean to become World Class

June 7, 2019by Faber Infinite0

Did you know, one of the world’s leading sportswear manufacturing organizations was able to reduce 50% of its defect rates by implementing lean manufacturing practices at their factories?

In this organization, the manufacturing operations of its sportswear have been under regular scrutiny for years. It is after allegations on the organization for utilizing sweatshops to manufacture its products in the 1970s that the organization was labeled for abusive labor practices.

This negative publicity made the organization establish a standard – code of conduct for its suppliers. At the same time, it helped create the apparel industry partnership that drew up the code of conducts for its factories. Ever since then, it had established a new set of working standards. It has also adopted a new strong auditing system to monitor labor practices in its factories and restore consumer faith in its brand.

In the year 2010-11, after implementing lean manufacturing, the organization saw a vast difference in the result. Because of the implementation of the lean approach, the company has started manufacturing in a better way. It showed results in both – wasted materials and wasted time by ensuring their supply chain has operated more efficiently.

After implementing the lean approach, the organization did not just reduce material waste or time waste, but it also worked on eliminating lost time and lost material from its processes as part of its sustainability agenda.

The organization was able to achieve 50% reduction in defect rates, 40% faster lead times, 20% improvement in productivity and 30% reduction in time taken to introduce a new model.

Hence, as you can see the lean approach when implemented, not only gives you tangible results but will help improve organizational culture. Today this sportswear manufacturer is known for its organizational culture and quality. So, have you started implementing lean practices in your organization to become world class?

Compiled by Faber Priyal & Faber Mayuri

by Faber Infinite

Faber Infinite is an International Business Management Consulting Organization offering consulting solutions and services for Increase Profitability in Business.

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