It may seem unrealistic to expect that any company can both manufacture a product with Six Sigma efficiency (99.9997%), and then also distribute it as quickly as possible with Six Sigma efficiency. It is definitely possible as countless successful companies have proven with well-run Supply Chains managed by Supply Chain Professionals. In today’s global market, it is not enough to offer a quality product; in fact, that product needs to quickly and efficiently reach the consumer with as little error as possible to achieve maximum customer satisfaction and profit. This is accomplished by implementing the Six Sigma Methodology along with Supply Chain Management. Implementing the Six Sigma process during every step of the supply chain and perfecting the processes along the way that follow a product from point of origin to point of consumption can: eliminate waste, decrease lead time, increase flow, decrease the cost of inventory and decrease variation in shipping. This will result in a near perfect Supply Chain for your business.
Both assessing performance and analyzing data to guarantee that near perfect flow has both been achieved AND is being maintained within the supply chain is so important. Once a process has been perfected with Six Sigma Methods, there are safeguards as well as checks and balances put into place to ensure that this efficiency continues through the life of the supply chain as well as the company. Defects mean cost, and the more defects found within the entire supply chain, the more they will affect a company’s overall profits. Six Sigma training and certification educates employees working together as a successful team to not only identify the causes of defects and delay in the Supply Chain but also how to devise effective and statistically driven techniques to eliminate them. If your company needs to increase efficiency, sending Supply Chain Professionals to Six Sigma courses for proper training can really help the bottom line – it should be considered a small investment for a large return when it comes to profitability.