GA 291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith

This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Denise (2:34)
  • How Denise was introduced to continuous improvement (3:12)
  • What makes people good at continuous improvement (4:56)
  • Denise’s work with suppliers (8:44)
  • Meeting resistance (13:22)
  • An anecdote about caskets (16:38)
  • The impact of automation and the challenges involved (20:49)
  • Why TPM will become even more important (24:09)
  • Denise’s advice for those new to lean (24:53)

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