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Slashing lead-times in Belgium

Slashing lead-times in Belgium

Provan, a small metalworking subcontractor in Genk, Belgium, experienced many benefits from the POLCA system implementation. These included both the impact on the employees as well as on the business as a whole. Provan’s lead-times and delivery record provided the customer with substantial savings in indirect costs such as inventory, warehousing space and personnel, rush freight charges, rescheduling and so on.
By Pascal Pollet and Ben Proesmans 

10 things that tank process improvement projects

10 things that tank process improvement projects

From fast food in Brazil to international cosmetics to emergency services in London, it’s a good idea for management to understand not only what works but what doesn’t, accounting for such foibles when choosing risk mitigation strategies.
By Jiju Antony, Babak Taheri and Sandeep Gupta

Enabling high performance in the digital age

Enabling high performance in the digital age

In the age of what many are calling Industry 4.0, we see the next upshift, leading to BPM 4.0, leveraging the power of the internet to enhance process management. The use of cloud-based technologies, such as robotic process automation (RPA), blockchain or connecting physical products through the internet with digital tools can deliver significant competitive advantage – if managed appropriately.
By Mathias Kirchmer

Applying balanced scorecards to supply chain performance

Applying balanced scorecards to supply chain performance

With the shorter lead-times and excellent delivery record, combined with their reduction of expediting activities and costs, two companies experienced significant increases in sales as well as profitability. And thus they joined the ranks of the pioneers of POLCA in both the new world and the old one. 
By M. Balaji, S.N. Dinesh and V. Veera Parthiban

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