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Saturday, April 16 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Keys to Better Margins Are Hiding in Your Shop

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You work hard for your money, so it’s important that you don't allow hidden inefficiencies rob you of even a fraction of your profits. In Lean Manufacturing, we call these inefficiencies waste, and waste can be found in everything from equipment maintenance problems to poorly maintained tools, to problems with workflow, or even poor ergonomics. In this session, you’ll learn how to do a production environment audit, then tackle the problems you identify. Take these lessons straight from the session to the shop, and you’ll be improving efficiencies (and therefore profits) immediately.

The jewelry business comes with high cash demands, and cash flow problems weigh on most jewelry business owners. This session helps owners and shop managers identify and eliminate internal problems that rob them of cash and slow down their operations.

Lean Manufacturing is a set of disciplines that has long been credited with improving manufacturing speed, quality, and performance. But most Lean Manufacturing programs are geared to more complex manufacturing operations. Andrea Hill has been breaking down Lean Manufacturing for the jewelry shop environment for nearly 15 years, taking the most valuable aspects of Lean and showing small shop owners how to gain value from a handful of basic, down-to-earth practices.

Andrea Hill will cover the basics of how to reduce unnecessary movement and increase productivity, how to find shop bottlenecks and what to do when you find them, how to perform a quarterly shop audit to identify opportunities for improvement, and how to transform the term continuous improvement from a thing people say to a thing people do. 

In this session, you will learn: 

  • How to perform a production environment audit and correct problems
  • How to identify internal problems that rob you of cash and slow down production
  • How to apply Lean Manufacturing principals to your shop to save both time and money

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Andrea Hill

CEO & Founder, Strategy Werx
Andrea Hill owns Hill Management Group LLC (HMG), providing strategic consulting, professional development, business development, branding, and marketing services to small and mid-sized businesses. With over 35 years of professional experience as the CEO and/or president of start... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Room 313