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Getting to Best: A Challenge to get an Email mailing address list of Food Manufacturers
The UK manufacturing industry in general is still working on attaining best practices in their respective industries. Relative to other countries such as Germany, Japan, and the United states, domestic companies still has to find the perfect fit when it comes to establishing best practices.
In October of 2013, the output of a UK Government commission and as part of Foresight Future Manufacturing Project, a review by Dr. Patrick McLaughlin revealed that while UK manufacturing productivity ranks high, it still lags behind several countries particularly the USA. The paper however recognizes that adoption of best practice is a relentless management activity. Whichever company or country for that matter takes top spot is always an exciting show.
Generally, large companies fare better than small to medium enterprises. Multinational companies reveal higher rates of best practice use than domestic ones. In UK, best practice is most prevalent in the automotive and aerospace industry. McLaughlin optimistically shows however that UK manufacturing can improve productivity by adopting best global practices. He suggests:
- Supply chain agility and clustering;
- Application of new technologies;
- Engagement with universities;
- Education of manufacturing personnel;
- New product development and innovation management;
- Knowledge management;
- Data analytics;
- Leadership practices and change management;
- Product-service system productivity; and
- Sustainable manufacturing systems.
Many food manufacturers employ team working, individual appraisals and ISO 14000. The food and drink sector however fail miserably at new product development or simultaneous engineering, six sigma practices, and the adoption of lean manufacturing processes.
Putting some positive perspective on this review, UK fEmail mailing address list of food manufacturers still has much room to grow. If adoption of best practices is directly proportional to market share and profits, then there is money out there waiting for the taking.
If your company is in the food and drinks sector, much can be gained by evaluating your current business operations. It does not necessarily mean revamping the entire process flow. Following the Kaizen strategy, small steps and innovations as needed can propel your company to higher returns never before obtained. Evaluate your supply chain flow. Look at sourcing of ingredients, equipment, processing technology, troubleshooting guidelines, packaging, and every nitty-gritty that can be improved.
Benchmarking with top companies in the same industry and outside as well, can help determine areas for improvement. Secure an email mailing list with website addresses of food manufacturers then study their processes. It must be importantly noted however that the resulting process must be customised for your specific company identity, culture and people.
Another point of the review to consider is the need for flexibility. McLaughlin posits that what is “best” practice remains dynamic. What may be best before may not be so in the future. He suggests industries, from automotive to food manufacturers Mailing list with email addresses
to continuously commit to adopting development strategies every step of the way. Key to this commitment are top management and workforce engagement, communication, and training of workforce. No one size fits all, no constant “best” practice year in year out. Indubitably a challenge yet a worthy undertaking for manufacturing companies looking for a Mailing list with email addresses.