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4imprint Offers Tips on Improving Efficiencies, Inventory Control with Inventory Control and On-Demand Manufacturing Blue Paper®, Podcast

(OSHKOSH, Wis.)—Promotional products online and catalog retailer 4imprint looks at the just-in-time (JIT) production system in its latest Blue Paper and Podcast release, Inventory Control and On-Demand Manufacturing.

Today, business owners are looking to save money any way they can
This is one way to do that – while benefiting your customers. If you’re thinking about introducing just-in-time principles in your organization, this Blue Paper provides an overview of the principles.
With just-in-time manufacturing, customer orders trigger the production process, rather than the usual “produce first, sell second” inventory model. According to the Blue Paper, the best just-in-time systems have the right materials at the right time in the right place and in the right amount.

Inventory Control and On-Demand Manufacturing outlines six main measures of success in implementing a JIT system. These include:

1. Supply management – Small, frequent shipments are required.
2. Empowered employees – Staff members need to make decisions quickly and effectively.
3. Production cells – Small cells that produce product from start to finish.
4. Reduced setup time – Eliminating extra production.
5. Signaling system – Alerting suppliers when more material is needed.
6. Cycle (or “takt”) time – Cross-train employees to lower production cycle time.

According to the Blue Paper, eliminating the risks and carrying costs of inventory makes organizations more flexible and responsive.

“Today, business owners are looking to save money any way they can,” said Dave Hursh, vice president of operations, 4imprint. “This is one way to do that – while benefiting your customers. If you’re thinking about introducing just-in-time principles in your organization, this Blue Paper provides an overview of the principles.”

Converting an organization’s production and inventory process to just-in-time processes involves reducing setup, standardizing tasks, restructuring the shop floor and calculating demand requirements.

Download 4imprint’s Inventory Control and On-Demand Manufacturing Blue Paper or podcast.

About 4imprint Blue Papers
4imprint Blue Papers are in-depth, how-to articles, distributed to 4imprint customers to help their organizations succeed. Blue Papers have covered popular, cutting-edge topics such as podcasting, online social media, search engine optimization (SEO) and experiential marketing.

Most Blue Papers also have corresponding podcasts which can be downloaded at the Blue Paper Web site or through iTunesTM.

About 4imprint
4imprint is part of 4imprint Group, Plc, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange, and serves more than 100,000 businesses with its innovative promotional merchandise throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, log on to www.4imprint.com.

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