Tool: Lean Boot Camp Success

Problem:

Unrealised waste cost optimisation initiatives impeding firm profitability and cash flow.

Solution:

Comprehensive management and supervisor Lean ‘Boot Camp’ to foster a culture of Kaizen and continuous improvement and realise opportunities in waste cost optimisation.

Case Study:

Zulu Lounge is a leading manufacturer of the furniture and allied products, specialising in lounge suites, corner sets, couches, and occasional chairs. Zulu Lounge is a member of the eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC), a cluster facilitated by B&M Analysts, and participated in B&M Analyst’ Lean Boot Camp to assist in the identification and implementation of waste cost optimisation strategies to improve their cost competitiveness and profitability.

B&M Analysts’ Lean Boot Camp is an intensive six-week programme focused on equipping managers and supervisors with the principles and basic implementation processes of lean manufacturing, and is designed to fast track manufacturer competitiveness and flexibility. Through the programme Zulu Lounge Lean unpacked and implemented strategies for waste minimisation and saw significant operational performance and gross profit margin improvements.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Zulu Lounge has been an active participant in the B&M Analysts’ Risk Mitigation Working Groups. Building on the learnings from the Lean Boot Camp, they used the Lockdown as an opportunity to implement further waste reduction projects and mitigate the cash flow and liquidity risks faced by many firms during the Lockdown.

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Paige Sherriff

I am passionate about problem solving for the betterment of society. In 2022, this passion combined with my love for problem solving lead me to head up the skills development team at BMA. Persistent pressures on local industries mean that the development of skills is more important than ever to allow for senior leadership to focus on strategic business growth. The empowerment of employees to identify and solve problems in the production environment, as well as creating clear and data driven skills and leadership growth plans to not only important for business continuity, but effective transformation of industry. I believe that every person has a role to play and can make a positive contribution to his or hers work environment when empowered to do so.