Controlling the flow of materials through your operation is key to maintaining a healthy bottom line. Your business is much like a bucket (inventory) with one faucet flowing in (raw materials) and another faucet flowing out (finished product) to customers. You want to control both faucets as much as possible to ensure your bucket never overflows or runs dry.
In many ways, your company is a living, breathing organism. Think of your product as the food that keeps your company going. This means that the key to being financially healthy is to have the appropriate amount of product at all times.
Every business wants to be known for meeting customer needs because reliable companies foster loyal and happy clients. So, how do you keep your customers sufficiently supplied and happy? It’s all about right-sizing for maximum FITness.
When you reach out to a consulting firm, chances are you know you need help. You’ll probably have a lot of questions, including how much the service will cost and what exactly you’d be paying for. So, how do you decide which firm will do the best job for you without breaking the bank?
If you’ve never worked with a consulting firm before, you may not know what to expect. The prospect of bringing somebody in to help may be daunting, but just like any other partnership, working with a consulting firm is all about building a mutually beneficial relationship. Cornerstone Consulting Organization (CCO) believes that open lines of communication are essential to a successful partnership, and it starts with the basics.
“No man is an island.” English poet John Donne addressed the basic human need to be a part of a community to thrive. Even before the Industrial Revolution, people recognized that everybody has a role to play and that collaboration is key to a functional society. This established interdependence extends to many aspects of our lives, primarily in the workplace, where three types of interdependence have emerged.
Italian philosopher and economist, Vilfredo Federico Damaso Pareto, developed what has become known as the 80/20 principle, or the Pareto principle. After observing that 20% of the pea plants in his garden produced 80% of the healthy pods, Pareto turned his attention to wealth distribution and found that just 20% of the population owned 80% of Italy’s land. After gathering data from various fields, he arrived at the general principle that 20% of action drives 80% of results. This pattern can be observed not only in economics and gardening but also in business and even personal habits.
Throughput has become a make-or-break standard in the industry and a major focus for manufacturers. Simply put, throughput is the time required for a product to pass through the entire manufacturing process. Ineffective throughput translates to wasted resources and lost sales opportunities. Customers who are left waiting for their products are more likely to move on to a more reliable partner. Since both efficiency and customer retention have significant impacts on the bottom line, it’s important for companies to understand, evaluate, and analyze their throughput time to find potential areas of improvement.