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Welcome to the TXM Find a better way Blog

We are excited to have a site for sharing useful and practical information:
Articles to read and Product reviews,
Useful hints for implementing the lean tools and Videos to inspire.

From the TXM Team


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The Importance of the Senior Leadership Workshop

Published: June 14th, 2017
While holding a senior leadership workshop may feel like a huge burden of time and resources, at TXM we find the investment of time is hugely rewarded. We check the understanding of both teams with the project aims and objectives. We review the TXM process and check we have the key elements in place for a successful improvement project. And we highlight potential barriers to change before they become a major problem and slow down the improvement project. ... Read more
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Business Health Check; the three key indicators for your daily walk around

Published: May 30th, 2017
Active leadership is important to continuous improvement and a daily walk around to determine the health of your business can be very beneficial. We considered the three key points for checking in on the health of your business with business equivalents of the heart rate, the blood pressure and the temperature of our factories. ... Read more
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What Does Your China Supply Chain Cost You and How do You Improve it?

Published: May 4th, 2017
China is no longer the low cost manufacturing paradise it once was. However the problems of long lead times, dodgy suppliers and suspect quality still exists, even as Chinese manufacturing moves in to more complex and higher value added sectors. TXM China Consulting Director, Justin Tao has spent his whole career working in Chinese manufacturing from his first days in Toyota's forging plant in Tianjin. Justin believes that the key to supply chain success in China is to get the right support - from a local.  ... Read more
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Five Ways to Improve Supplier Performance

Published: May 1st, 2017
Whether your business is involved in manufacturing or distribution, chances are that the number one reason why you fail to deliver to your customers on time and in full is your suppliers. So why are so many suppliers so bad and what can you do to improve supplier performance? ... Read more
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Improve Buy In with a Visual Action Plan

Published: April 28th, 2017
We want to improve team buy in and take your action plan to the next level by making it visual. We’ll go into what is a visual action plan, with examples and why it’s important for team buy in while rolling out the plan to achieve your goals. ... Read more
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Developing an Action Plan for Real World Improvements

Published: April 24th, 2017
This article is to remind you of the importance of thinking through the creation of an action plan, making sure your plan is as good as it can be with the time and information you have at the time, and then GETTING IT DONE! And then remember to review and make changes as you need to, to achieve your goal. ... Read more
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Lean Tools to Support a Make to Order Production System

Published: April 5th, 2017
Here we will look at three key Lean Manufacturing tools to help support the implementation of a make to order production system. Each tools addresses a different issue and when done well, they do complement each other.  ... Read more
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How Do You Reduce Lead Time in Your Supply Chain?

Published: April 5th, 2017
Excessively long lead times are the single biggest factor leading to poor supply chain performance. If your business is suffering with excessive lead times from suppliers, especially international suppliers, then this article will provide some practical tips on how to reduce your lead times. ... Read more
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Lean won’t work here? Try the “Quick Wins” Approach!

Published: March 8th, 2017
Is there a way for people not to “roll their eyes" when the “lean” word is out of the bag? Let’s start with the view that a “lean” business is ultimately trying to improve, focussing on growing people and working together. That's where the quick wins approach can work well. Then we can start with defining the big goals and how using Lean tools to reach those objectives.  ... Read more

How Poor Product Management Can Damage Your Reputation and Cost You Millions

Published: March 1st, 2017
The decision about what products to sell and what products not to sell is one of the most important marketing decision that most manufacturing and distribution businesses will make. Unfortunately, in many cases, I find that businesses have no formal process for product management. This inevitably leads to excessive stock, write offs, losses and poor on time delivery performance. ... Read more