Milk Carton Shortage Threatens Lean Services

A supply chain problem for fresh food and beverage packaging manufacturers has led to a shortage of half-pint milk cartons for dairies.

The carton shortage affects milk served in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.  Officials across the country are preparing for the shortage with backup plans that range from limiting milk choices to skipping milk offerings altogether.


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Target’s Return to Lean Inventories Is Lucrative

Is Lean Back?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions in the supply chain and shortages cast doubt on the viability of lean inventories. Facing a surge in demand in 2021, retailers tried to replenish their empty shelves with large orders and increased inventory capacity. As demand subsides and is expected to peak “softly” during the 2023 holiday season, Target has shrunk its inventory levels. The cost reduction has enabled the retail giant to show profits despite lower sales.


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By |2023-12-11T23:22:11+00:00December 13, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Retail Inventory Levels: Stabilized In Time for the Holidays

Retailers over the last few years can relate to the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Over the past few years, retail companies such as Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and Abercrombie & Fitch battled inventory levels that were too low, too high, and now (hopefully) just right.

They faced multiple years of lower inventory levels driven by pandemic challenges including reduced production, port congestion, driver shortages, and labor constraints.

Those low-inventory years were followed by higher inventory levels due to reduced […]

Lean Six Sigma in Hospitals

Although Lean Six Sigma has its origins in manufacturing, many services effectively use it. One such example is the Oncology Department at UC San Diego Health.

The Oncology Department applied a variety of Lean Six Sigma tools to produce $3.73 million in additional annual revenue.

The main source of waste was identified to be the way that several cancer drugs were used in dosing. These drugs were placed in a vial by the manufacturer with a single use dosage concept. In many […]

By |2023-05-10T05:53:01+00:00May 10, 2023|Tags: , , , , , |
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