Tanzania aims to boost economy using Kaizen

The East African country of Tanzania is planning to kickstart national economic development by using Kaizen to enhance its manufacturing sector, the Daily News reports. Joyce Mapunjo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, recently noted that Tanzania is already reaping the benefits of Lean healthcare and has successfully integrated Kaizen into its

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Product design goes Lean and green

Creating sustainability throughout a product's entire life cycle is an increasingly important consideration for manufacturers, given the rising emphasis on environmental protection. With this in mind, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) incorporated the critical element of sustainability into its three-pronged Lean and Sustainable Product Design (LSPD) service, which

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Truck manufacturer flourishes with Kaizen initiatives

United Kingdom-based truck manufacturer Leyland Trucks, which delivers its products under the DAF brand name, currently has a 15 percent share of Europe's new truck registration market. As Business Case Studies reports, the company's current goal is to expand this market share to 20 percent by increasing its production capacity and embracing the Japanese continuous

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The importance of cultivating employee engagement

A company with an engaged workforce is likely to see greater productivity, lower retention rates and higher employee satisfaction. In a recent article for Business 2 Community, business strategist and management consultant Maz Iqbal writes that employee engagement must be cultivated within organizational contexts in order to truly become part of the fabric of a

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The importance of format to training

When businesses develop and launch training programs, the concepts of these educational courses tend to be abstract. Managers and leaders want to bestow the skills and knowledge that new hires or recently promoted employees need to succeed in their new jobs, but they don't always know the best way to achieve these end goals. “Training”

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UK airport makes Kaizen the new standard

Heathrow, the United Kingdom's largest airport, is utilizing Kaizen to maximize efficiency and improve the general traveling experience. Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow, spent many of his business years at an auto manufacturer in Japan, where he first learned about Kaizen integration. In particular, he is fond of the notion of continuous improvement. “I

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How banks are cashing in on Lean practices

When you think of banks, seldom does efficiency come to mind. Instead, they are frequently characterized by their poor customer service and slow operations – you're likely to think of long lines of people waiting for tellers, transactions that take days to post and getting passed around to different call centers while trying to take

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Rethinking your business approach with Lean sustainability

Most companies are notoriously short-sighted, always looking for ways to improve business today rather than tomorrow. This approach makes sense, especially given how slavish corporations are to their shareholders – they need to show notable improvements each quarter to ensure their investors and backers don't lose faith in the products and services they provide. Unfortunately,

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