Company Size & Timeframe

  • 50 employees
  • 2-3 days/week for 6 months


  • Achieved savings equivalent to 3x increase in sales
  • 50% drop in costs of goods
  • 300 SKUs identified for price increase
  • Dropped 100 slow-selling SKUs
  • 20% increased fill rate
  • Reduced variability on production lines
  • 4% reduction in scrap
  • Reduced delivery time

Company Profile & Position

  • Mid-market
  • Family-owned
  • Chief Operating Officer


  • Increasing cost of goods
  • Needed to restructure management team
  • Need for improvement in SKU mix, pricing, fill rates and line productivity
  • Company lost strive for excellence


  • Condensed 27-page strategic plan down to one page
  • Established dashboards to drive and manage business for each department
  • Focused on 60- and 90-day attainable action plans rather than year-long plans
  • Created business champions giving full authority to run their departments in best interest of the company
  • Performed full-line and SKU analysis
  • Optimized line production and work schedules
  • Established team decision-making
Results automotive

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Cerius Insights

[Interim] was a key part in bringing the group together that was left after the transition, and coming up with the game plan going forward.”