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Automotive, Manufacturing
Automotive – Operations

Company Size & Timeframe

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

    • 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
  • Situation

    • 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
  • Implementation

    • 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

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.”

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