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From lean modules to a lean mindset

From lean modules to a lean mindset

Most companies treat lean as a tool set to improve processes from the top down. However, the top-down approach is costly, not scalable and too slow to keep pace with the changes needed to stay competitive. Here we see how Chick-fil-A transformed lean improvements from being sourced by two dozen engineers to an army of frontline lean thinkers among 150,000 team members. 
By David B. Reid

Good compliance is good logistics

Good compliance is good logistics

The complexity of compliance management covering all import and export requirements may sound overwhelming but understanding the intricacies of the regulations can decrease legal exposure and reduce costs. A well-managed compliance program can mitigate risk and offer economic benefits.
By Diana Berry and Francisco Ramirez

Lean manufacturing and simulation for new products

Lean manufacturing and simulation for new products

The following is the case study of a repair shop at a rail company facing a critical economic situation, with lean manufacturing and simulation providing the solution.
By Rosa Hilda Félix-Jácquez, Alfonso Alejandro Lara-Negrete, Daniel Torres-Ramírez, María Merced Cruz-Rentería and Ma. Dolores Delgado-Celis

Manufacturing’s role in world economy is evolving

Manufacturing’s role in world economy is evolving

What does manufacturing as a whole look like as a worldwide economic activity? When a company starts up or shuts down a plant, or relocates production from one country to another, it is a data point. It may be a compelling story but it doesn’t tell you the aggregate effect of all manufacturing on a country or on the world.
By Michel Baudin

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