There are all sorts of ideas out there, ways to make your business run smoother and leaner, but without the proper preparation and follow through, even the best ideas can't help. Streamlining your business is essential to survive in the current marketplace. Everyone is looking for an edge and you don't want to sacrifice quality for price.
It is important to remember that the customer is the one that determines the value of a product or service and what they are willing to pay for it. The more value you bring to customers, the more they are willing to pay. Value is not just the cost of the product or service, meaning that all things go with the product. All of the value added services and extras that you can not always see from the outside.
The old model says the profit is selling price minus cost, but it isn't just the profit from how much you can sell the part for, it is what value it brings to the customer. Raising the price isn't the only way to make more profit, lowering the cost to make or provide the service is another way to make more money.
So if you can find a way to reduce the cost of a particular process or series of processes, you can begin to start seeing that in every area of waste. The elimination of waste is key to reducing the cost of producing anything. The waste is the enemy of any business, and continuing to make improvements is the only way to continue to grow and prosper. If you are looking for ways to improve all processes, you are missing significant opportunities to better bottom line
One of the ways to do this is to look at the entire process from start to finish and then break it down into more manageable sized parts. Look at the overall picture and then look at all the smaller steps that make up the larger process. This is where you will have to look in order to determine what can be improved. Looking for waste in each process needs to be determined before any steps are to be taken. Careful consideration should also be taken in determining how each process is affected be all of the other processes. You want the improvement to help everything up and down the line.
by: Craig Calvin
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