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

Published: March 1, 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

Act Your Way into a New Way of Thinking with 5S and Lean

Published: January 11, 2017
Here are three Lean tools that can help our team act their way to a new way of thinking, acting “as if” they have already achieved their improvement goals, and become a world class organisation. ... Read more

Lean Inspiration for the New Year

Published: December 23, 2016
There is something about the end of one year and the beginning of the next that allows us to pause and reflect. Here we will reflect on a year of TXM articles and videos; we hope they have helped you reflect, learn and grow your business, continually, throughout the year. ... Read more

Why Distribution Businesses Fail to Deliver On Time In Full for Customers.

Published: November 24, 2016
Many of the distribution businesses I see suffer from the same problems – frequent stock shortages on key items, while at the same time excessive stock holdings and obsolete stocks. This sounds like a contradiction, high levels of stock and frequent shortages. Businesses have too much of the things they don’t sell and too little of the things they sell. In this blog I am going to overview some of the root causes of these problems and then in the following monthly blogs I am going to suggest solutions. ... Read more