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Products & Services Business Operations Manufacturing

Raw Material and Packaging Productivity: Leveraging, Balancing, Maximizing and Utilizing Resources

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9 Metrics

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Published: Pre-2014


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STUDY OVERVIEW
With the increase in costs of production, manufacturing companies must find ways to reduce costs and better utilize their resources. These companies and thousands of others are being challenged daily to find more effective ways to produce low cost, high quality goods for consumers. However, many companies find that there are very few short-term productivity gains remaining. Instead, companies are turning to long-term operational strategies and system approaches to sustaining cost reduction and generating productivity gains. By reducing the cost of raw material and increasing the productivity of the materials used, companies are able to cut costs without cutting corners. This benchmark study illustrates what some manufacturing companies are doing to alleviate the cost reduction pressure. Executives at manufacturing companies, particularly those who are directly responsible for cost reduction and productivity, can use this information to shape their own productivity practices.

KEY TOPIC AREAS
  • Leveraging Supplier Relationships
    • Preferred Supplier Collaboration
    • Utilizing Suppliers' Insights
    • Leveraging Supplier Competition
  • Balancing Short-Term and Long-Term Productivity Demands
    • Hedging Against Cost Fluctuation
    • Buyer vs. Supplier Hedging
    • Short-Term Approaches
    • Long-Term Approaches
  • Maximizing Internal Relationships
    • Driving Productivity
    • Driving Productivity Innovations
    • Centralized Reporting Lines
    • Key Internal Relationships
    • Sharing Best Practices
  • Utilizing Technological Innovation
    • Role of Technological Innovation
    • Sources for New Technology
    • Transferable Technology
    • Key Industry Trend: Sustainability

KEY METRICS
Each metric is reported separately or segmented into three groups based on total revenue in U.S. dollars: 1) less than $1 billion, 2) between $1-15 billion, and 3) over $15 billion.
  • Percent Using Various Methods to Hedge Against Fluctuation of Costs of Materials, Transportation and Other Input Factors that Impact Raw Material and Packaging
  • Percent That Give Responsibility for Driving Productivity to One Functional Area vs. Shared Areas
  • Percent with Functional Areas with Primary Responsibility for Driving Productivity
  • Percent with Functional Areas with Shared Responsibility for Driving Productivity
  • Percent Sharing and Replicating Best Practices at Specific Milestone Points
  • Importance Ratings of Each New Technology to Raw Material and Packaging Cost Reduction

METHODOLOGY
This research originated from a Best Practices, LLC research and consulting project. It was conducted for a client and was based on surveys and interviews with executives and senior managers from the manufacturing industry.

Industries Profiled:
Manufacturing; Chemical; Consumer Products; Energy


Companies Profiled:
3 MAJ; Benjamin Moore; Bird's Eye Foods; Inc.; Future Pipe Ltd.; Jose Maria Fonseca; Speedline Technologies; Stoner Inc.; BRK Brands; Cadbury Schweppes; CNH Global; Kellogg Company; Hershey Foods Corp.; Swift and Company; ALSTOM; British Petroleum; Kraft Foods; Unilever

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