Month: September 2005

Total 11 Posts

Virtual JKE – Final Entry

Kent Bradley VP, North America “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Confucius “Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve seen ’til you get back home.” –Luke Friday, our group’s’ last day. After a very, very early morning (5:00 AM) departure, a small hard-core team of

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Ford Adopts Toyota-style Supplier Strategy

There’s good news today from the Ford Motor Company. The September 29, 2005 WSJ article “Ford Seeks Big Savings By Overhauling Supply System: No. 2 Auto Maker Will Offer Larger and Longer Contracts But Use Fewer Companies” details Ford’s plans to implement a more Toyota-like supplier relationship model in order

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Virtual JKE Day Five

Kent Bradley VP, North America As someone who only recently joined the consulting world after 25 years directing manufacturing, assembly, and distribution operations, I can say with absolute conviction that I have never seen a lean assembly implementation the equal of Ricoh’s much written about program. The effectiveness of materials

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Virtual JKE Day Four

Kent Bradley VP, North America It is Wednesday night in Tokyo, after another long day on the Gemba Research JKE tour. Today we visited Hokuetsu Industries, which owns about 10% of the global market for industrial air compressors and has been hammering hard and long –over twenty years–at being a

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Virtual JKE Day Three

Kent Bradley VP, North America Day three on the Gemba road was long, hot, and fascinating. We were on our way to catch the bullet train for Denso before 7:00. On the way, we took the usual opportunity to go over what we would be seeing and Brad provided some

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Virtual JKE Part Two

Kent Bradley VP, North America Day 2, the first real day of our Gemba Research Japan Kaikaku Experience tour. “Going to the gemba” is the whole point of this tour – to be the best requires going to see the best. Today that would be the Omron plant an hour

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Virtual JKE

A key aspect of our work here at Gemba is the Japan Kaikaku Experience. We take business leaders to Japan to see the world’s best practitioners of lean. This week, Kent Bradley, on his second tour of Japan, will share his experiences as JKE September 2005 gets under way. Join

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