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Texas Hospital Saves Money Occasionally With Lean Six Sigma… But Can Do More, More Often?

I saw this headline the other day about University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas: “UMC finds savings through waste“ The headline really should say “through waste reduction.” Reducing waste is, of course, a good thing. Reducing waste...Show More Summary

Senate Hearing On Tax Reform Highlights Need For Lower Rates To Make America Competitive

"Our outdated tax code is a drag on the economy and stands in the way of job creation." The post Senate Hearing On Tax Reform Highlights Need For Lower Rates To Make America Competitive appeared first on Shopfloor.

Toyota Put Its Manufacturing Skills To Work – And Cut Infections In Pediatric Hospitals By 75%

"Oh, my gosh. We never thought of that." The post Toyota Put Its Manufacturing Skills To Work – And Cut Infections In Pediatric Hospitals By 75% appeared first on Shopfloor.

Housing Starts Declined in August but Single-Family and Permits Remained Encouraging

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts declined 0.8 percent in August. New residential construction edged down from 1,190,000 units... The post Housing Starts Declined in August but Single-Family and Permits Remained Encouraging appeared first on Shopfloor.

Airplane Food: Flight Attendant Kaizen or a Violation of Standardized Work?

Today’s blog post is about airplane food. It’s not about the quality of airplane food… it’s not an SNL Seinfeld-ish “what’s the deal with airplane food?” rant, if you remember that classic sketch. As I’ve sometimes blogged about, I fly American Airlines quite often and I’ve gained Executive Platinum frequent flyer status. Show More Summary

How Toyota Gets Organizations Started with TPS

Last week, I mentioned it was the 25th anniversary of TSSC — formerly known as the Toyota Supplier Support Center (it’s now called the Toyota Production System Support Center). TSSC helped Children’s Health in Dallas learn how to reduce...Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of September 11: #Lean, Apple, #Deming

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation, but you don’t need a Twitter account to view any of this. Show More Summary

Retail Sales Were Soft in August, up Modestly over the Past Year

Retail spending was down 0.2 percent in August, according to the Census Bureau, and it is likely that Hurricane Harvey might have negatively impacted those figures. Weather aside, retail sales... The post Retail Sales Were Soft in August, up Modestly over the Past Year appeared first on Shopfloor.

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Growth Remained Strong in September

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey continued to reflect strong growth in the sector in September. The composite index of general business conditions remained highly elevated despite easing from 25.2 in... The post New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Growth Remained Strong in September appeared first on Shopfloor.

Manufacturing Production Disappointed in August

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production fell 0.3 percent in August, pulling back from being flat in July and declining for the first time since May. We have seen... The post Manufacturing Production Disappointed in August appeared first on Shopfloor.

Safety Issues Plague Hospital(s) – Front Page of USA Today

I was on the road yesterday and picked up the business traveler’s hometown paper, USA Today. Here was the headline that greeted me, and I thought “which hospital?” Again, I’m reminded of the line from the movie “Fight Club” — it’s a major one. Show More Summary

Consumer Prices Picked Up at Fastest Monthly Rate since January, Remain Modest Overall

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that consumer prices rose by 0.4 percent in August, the fastest monthly rate since January. The uptick stemmed largely from higher energy costs, which... The post Consumer Prices Picked Up at Fastest Monthly Rate since January, Remain Modest Overall appeared first on Shopfloor.

7 Ways ERP System Solves Biggest Manufacturing Problems

If you are in a manufacturing business and not using an ERP system, there are a plethora of operational challenges that you may come across on a daily basis. You are still stuck in the age of manual data entry, which eats up a major chunk of your time and guess what, it isn’t foolproof […]

Has the #Lean Movement Failed to Learn from Dr. #Deming’s Mistake?

One book about the late, great W. Edwards Deming that's been on my shelf for a while is The Deming Management Method, which was written by Mary Walton, a journalist who spent some time with Dr. Deming in the 1980s. I've finally picked...Show More Summary

Producer Prices Rose by 0.2% in August

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that producer prices for final demand goods and services rose by 0.2 percent in August, bouncing back from a decline of 0.1 percent in... The post Producer Prices Rose by 0.2% in August appeared first on Shopfloor.

NFIB: August Small Business Optimism Index Rose to its Highest Level in Six Months

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said that the Small Business Optimism Index edged up from 105.2 in July to 105.3 in August, its highest level since February. The... The post NFIB: August Small Business Optimism Index Rose to its Highest Level in Six Months appeared first on Shopfloor.

Total Manufacturing Hires in July was Highest since the Great Recession

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said total manufacturing hires in July was the highest since December 2007, the first official month of the Great Recession. The sector hired 341,000 workers... The post Total Manufacturing Hires in July was Highest since the Great Recession appeared first on Shopfloor.

Podcast 288 – Dean Gruner, MD on ACOs and Healthcare Reform

Joining me again for Episode #288 is Dean Gruner, MD, the recently retired CEO of ThedaCare, a health system in Wisconsin that has long been considered a worldwide leader in the practice of Lean in healthcare. Recently, in Episode #286,...Show More Summary

When is the right time to switch from ‘Old School’ accounting software to full-fledged ERP?

A manufacturing business is just like our body. Where organization’s mission is the soul, planning is its brain, adequate inventory procurement- lifeblood, and production is the beating heart. Since sales and marketing function generates revenues, it effectively is the oxygen for survival. Show More Summary

This Organization Chose Not to “Deploy #Lean” Because a Leader Thought it is Not Customer Focused?

I posted an article on LinkedIn last week as a companion article and summary of my podcast with Dean Gruner, MD, the recently retired CEO of ThedaCare. That article: "A Retired Hospital CEO Shares the Employee Feedback That was 'A Bucket of Cold Water to the Face.'" There have been over 125 comments so far... Show More Summary

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