Alexander Proudfoot helps companies better execute their plans and strategies to deliver substantial improvements in performance and profitability. More about Alexander Proudfoot
Proudfoot has completed projects around the globe with many of the world’s leading consumer goods companies. Through these engagements, Proudfoot has gained deep insights into the complexities facing the industry on a daily basis—ingredient cost fluctuations, production line inefficiencies and skills shortages among a dynamic labor force. We use these insights to deliver sustainable operational and financial improvements.
By analyzing a client’s operations and developing a tailored program to address its needs, Proudfoot is able to engage and train personnel, reduce costs and eliminate waste, improve product cycle times, enhance productivity, improve working capital and grow revenues.
"We reached a state where employees all know about best practice and how to apply it. We would never have got to this level without Proudfoot. It is incredible to think that in just six months we have transformed into a center of excellence…it's all about working smarter not harder."VP Regional Operations
Objective: A company's high raw and
packaging material costs were negatively impacting its final product price. The
management team decided to bring in Proudfoot to reduce costs and resolve
quality assurance issuesApproach:The project began by
reorganizing the existing structure to increase the effectiveness of middle
management. At the same time, the team reengineered the process for evaluating
if products met company standards/customer specifications and found
opportunities for cost reduction. The team worked with front-line management to
align behaviors and attitudes towards better products with higher quality.Results: Proudfoot was able to help the company reduce the costs of
material and the amount of overall waste. Quality
assurance became more effective and line performance was increased by 15%.
Objective: A company had
recently implemented a cost reduction initiative to combat squeezed margins.
However, the executive team quickly realized that the initiative couldn't
deliver. The objective was to enhance the existing initiative and maximize
utilization of existing resources in order to avoid additional capital
expenditures.Approach: Proudfoot analyzed
performance across multiple departments, including manufacturing, maintenance,
procurement, and packaging and logistics. The team developed and implemented a system
to ensure management was able to make correct and accurate decisions in a
timely manner that focused on planning, scheduling and improved communication.
As well, the team focused on procurement, packaging and logistics with the aim
to reduce costs.Results: The client
experienced a 10% productivity increase, an 80% overtime decrease
and a 21% increase in overall equipment effectiveness. The company was also
able to achieve price reductions between 27-46% through contract renegotiation
with suppliers. Most notably, however, was the behavioral change; the employees
became more aligned, benefiting the whole organization.
Improving productivity and increasing organizational effectiveness can deliver a real step-change in business performance, enabling companies to gain a valuable competitive advantage over rivals.
Alexander Proudfoot has been synonymous with productivity improvements and operational effectiveness since 1946. We use a unique methodology for measuring productivity, first developed by our founder and continuously updated and refined since then.