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  • Consumer Goods

    Enhancing Performance on and off the Production Line

    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.

    Typical Results

    Results you can count on
    What we can help you achieve

     

    • Supply costs reduced 14%
    • Productivity increased 35%
    • Sales improved 20%
    • 25% increased throughput
    • 35% decreased machine downtime
    • 15% improved capacity
    • 20% reduced scrap and waste
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    What We Do

    Your partner for rapid sustainable change
    Helping companies elevate operational and financial performance

    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.

    • Working shoulder-to-shoulder with clients
    • Complementing existing initiatives
    • Delivering lasting shareholder value
    CONSUMERGOODS-WWD-TX1Proudfoot works shoulder-to-shoulder with management and front-line supervisors to identify opportunities and implement sustainable change and accelerate achievement of a client’s objectives through an unparalleled approach to disciplined execution.
    CONSUMERGOODS-WWD-TX2We complement existing initiatives such as Lean, Six Sigma and Kaizen, amplifying the results and delivering them much sooner than initially anticipated.
    CONSUMERGOODS-WWD-TX3Our first client encounter is rarely the last because we always deliver on our objectives. We develop long-term relationships with our clients and have worked on multiple projects for suppliers, manufacturers and wholesalers.

    Client Results

    What our clients say
    "Working with Proudfoot has been the catalyst that has enabled selected sites to increase productivity significantly without additional capital expenditure."
    Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Foods Ltd

    "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

    Project Results - successful past projects
    • Margin improvements
    • Productivity

    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 issues

    Approach: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.

    Areas of Impact

    Proudfoot Can Help Across All Operations
    Alexander Proudfoot has more than 70 years of experience delivering operational results across various industries and operational areas. Allow us to tap into this knowledge to help you maximize your operations.
    • Productivity
    • Strategic procurement
    • Research and development

    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.

    Our approach to supplier relationship management is collaborative in nature and yields better pricing and superior results, which our clients translate directly into a competitive advantage in the marketplace. By combining our world class execution experience with unparalleled change management experience, we deliver our clients a world class strategic procurement infrastructure that sets these organizations apart from the competition.
    We understand the wider scope and how research and development projects interconnect with other areas of the business. Research and development improvements have repercussions on supply chain, sales, operations and other areas. With our comprehensive approach, companies not only improve the process but also prepare other areas of the business for success.
    Other Areas
    • Administration
    • Planning and production
    • Finance
    • Maintenance
    • Customer service
    • Personnel
    • Sales and marketing
    • Warehouse
    • Stocks and supplies
    • Quality control
    • Facility layout
    • Inventory