Running Lean

A high-heeled ladies shoe.

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Lean Manufacturing helps New Balance keep production in America!  Yes, of shoes.  At a time when most shoes seem to come from Indonesia, China, and Vietnam, a quality running shoe is produced in the USA.

There are several advantages of domestic production according to the Portland Press Harald:

  • 13 times more efficient offsetting higher labor costs
  • ability to have a custom-made shoe program where customers order shoes to their own specification on-line
  • shorter lead times – much shorter
  • significantly lower fuel costs for transport to the customer
The message is clear whether you manufacture in the USA, England, France, Germany, or other nations.  Get Lean if you want to keep your production on shore.


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About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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2 Responses to Running Lean

  1. Brian Carrillo says:

    Buying American is like eating a good diet. Read the label. Invest in better products that are made in USA. Organizations must then look for ways to improve their processes. It’s a long process made up of small steps.

    Great website.

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