The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 8 – Skill Underutilisation

It’s sometimes described as the worst form of waste a company can generate. Not properly using your employees’ skills and abilities, not properly training them, or not properly engaging them is one of…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 7 – Defects

Broken products, systems that don’t work, services that don’t meet requirements – a Defect is a waste that occurs when the value a customer expects is not delivered. There are some key ways…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 6 – Over Processing

Reducing the waste of Over Processing is a key part of any Lean journey. But why is it so important? If your processes aren’t efficient and always improving, you’ll slow down. Take the…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 5 – Overproduction

Whether you make toys, baked goods, or any other product, producing more than you need, or producing items before they are needed, can lead to significant losses. It can also result in the…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 4 – Waiting

The fourth part of our series exploring the 8 Wastes of Lean is one of the more easily-identified wastes: Waiting. There are many points along any process where time is wasted Waiting for…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 3 – Motion

The next part of our 8 Wastes series is one of the less tangible types of waste. Motion occurs in every work station, and while each movement made adds to the overall cost…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 2 – Inventory

One of the challenges faced when stocking a product range, packaging supplies, group of components or collateral, lies in the storage and transport of the goods. Stored goods and parts provide no value…

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The 8 Wastes of Lean: Part 1 – Transport

Signet’s Continuous Improvement program is a key way of keeping business competitive. The organisation has learned through experts and experience about how to remove waste from the workplace, in line with recent international…

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Signet’s pallet wrap guide – What you need to know

Pallet wrap is a plastic film that protects and secures products to themselves or to a pallet for transport or storage purposes. As there are a variety of stretch films available, it can…

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Packaging Pallet Wrap