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Combining Lean Tools and Safety Standards for Improvements

Published: August 1, 2017
The practice of providing a safe workplace and implementing Lean production systems have been kept separate in most manufacturing sites. It is not uncommon to find these two essential functions being slightly out of alignment due to their seemingly opposite objectives. There are three excellent lean tools that you can implement into processes to create a safer and incident-free workplace ... Read more
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What Does Your China Supply Chain Cost You and How do You Improve it?

Published: May 4, 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 1, 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

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