Reducing the delivery lead time in a food distribution SME through the implementation of six sigma methodology

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/95318
Title:
Reducing the delivery lead time in a food distribution SME through the implementation of six sigma methodology
Authors:
Nabhani, F. (Farhad); Shokri, A. (Alireza)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Science and Technology.
Citation:
Nabhani, F. and Shokri, A. (2009) 'Reducing the delivery lead time in a food distribution SME through the implementation of six sigma methodology', Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 20 (7), pp.957-974.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Issue Date:
Sep-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/95318
DOI:
10.1108/17410380910984221
Abstract:
Purpose - Six sigma is a systematic data driven approach to reduce the defect and improve the quality in any type of business. The purpose of this paper is to present the findings from the application of six sigma in a food service "small to medium sized enterprise" (SME) in a lean environment to reduce the waste in this field. Design/methodology/approach - A simplified version of six sigma is adopted through the application of appropriate statistical tools in order to focus on customer's requirements to identify the defect, the cause of the defect and improve the delivery process by implementing the optimum solution. Findings - The result suggests that modification in layout utilization reduced the number of causes of defect by 40 percent resulting in jumping from 1.44 sigma level to 2.09 Sigma level which is substantial improvement in SME. Research limitations/implications - Simplicity of six sigma is important to enabling any SME to identify the problem and minimize its cause through a systematic approach. Practical implications - Integrating of supply chain objectives with any quality initiatives such as lean and six sigma has a substantial effect on achieving to the targets. Originality/value - This paper represents a potential area in which six sigma methodology along side the lean management can promote supply chain management objectives for a food distribution SME.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
distribution management; food products; lead production; six sigma; supply chain management
ISSN:
1741-038X
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 31/03/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 31/03/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorNabhani, F. (Farhad)en
dc.contributor.authorShokri, A. (Alireza)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-31T09:23:05Z-
dc.date.available2010-03-31T09:23:05Z-
dc.date.issued2009-09-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Manufacturing Technology Management; 20 (7): 957-974en
dc.identifier.issn1741-038X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/17410380910984221-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/95318-
dc.description.abstractPurpose - Six sigma is a systematic data driven approach to reduce the defect and improve the quality in any type of business. The purpose of this paper is to present the findings from the application of six sigma in a food service "small to medium sized enterprise" (SME) in a lean environment to reduce the waste in this field. Design/methodology/approach - A simplified version of six sigma is adopted through the application of appropriate statistical tools in order to focus on customer's requirements to identify the defect, the cause of the defect and improve the delivery process by implementing the optimum solution. Findings - The result suggests that modification in layout utilization reduced the number of causes of defect by 40 percent resulting in jumping from 1.44 sigma level to 2.09 Sigma level which is substantial improvement in SME. Research limitations/implications - Simplicity of six sigma is important to enabling any SME to identify the problem and minimize its cause through a systematic approach. Practical implications - Integrating of supply chain objectives with any quality initiatives such as lean and six sigma has a substantial effect on achieving to the targets. Originality/value - This paper represents a potential area in which six sigma methodology along side the lean management can promote supply chain management objectives for a food distribution SME.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 31/03/2010]en
dc.subjectdistribution managementen
dc.subjectfood productsen
dc.subjectlead productionen
dc.subjectsix sigmaen
dc.subjectsupply chain managementen
dc.titleReducing the delivery lead time in a food distribution SME through the implementation of six sigma methodologyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Science and Technology.en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Manufacturing Technology Managementen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 31/03/2010]en
or.citation.harvardNabhani, F. and Shokri, A. (2009) 'Reducing the delivery lead time in a food distribution SME through the implementation of six sigma methodology', Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 20 (7), pp.957-974.-
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