Lean Manufacturing

Intel Volunteers Apply Lean Principles to Food Bank

By Jon Miller Published on January 22nd, 2011


My friend Kevin Meyer of Superfactory shared a great example of lean principles being applied beyond manufacturing to help a non-profit organization become more productive in serving the needs of the community. Roadrunner Food Bank puts together packages of food for senior citizens, and when watching this work one of the volunteers from Intel noticed, “This is production.”
The short video above gives a good demonstration of how the team used experimentation to rapidly redesign the process to balance the working time and flow more smoothly, resulting in a 28% improvement in output per hour.
The kaizen spirit is summarized in the realization by one of the Intel volunteers, “If we make a change here, a change there, we could really make it go faster.”


  1. Gonzalo Rivero

    September 21, 2020 - 11:04 am
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    It is a great example of how small changes can make a Great Difference: Time per pantry was reduced from three minutos to about eleven seconds! When they reducedd the Muda -empty space per pantry in a box-, it increassed the possibility of adding and delivering more pantries in the same day, while reducing delivery time from 3:00 hours to only 1:20. Fantastic!

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