One of the most important functions of lean consultants is to improve their clients’ profitability. Often this is accomplished through improved lean manufacturing strategies, streamlining and market research. Through market research, companies can learn about the available incomes, preferences and needs of customers in certain demographics. With this information, consultants can help to optimize marketing strategies to ensure that campaigns are targeting the right customers.
Lean consultants can also help companies to track the behaviors of competing organizations. This would require a consultant to examine how the competitors price services and goods; the amount of products they produce and whether not clients are satisfied with their services. This information will help the consultant to come up with the most effective marketing campaign and pricing models for their client.
Lean manufacturing consulting professionals might also help with project management. In this case, a consultant can give recommendations on how much goods a company should produce, the time period for different phases in the sales process, the type of inventory to maintain, amongst other things.
Last but not least, lean consultants will train employees to use new technologies and help them to match up to the level of quality and performance that is demanded by the competitive global marketplace. This will result in a standardized system that will ensure that products are delivered in a timely manner whilst still maintaining maximum quality. With this system in place, operators can achieve higher levels of self-sufficiency, avoid delays and key people will work on value adding activities.
Ultimately, lean manufacturing consulting professionals will help companies to increase their overall efficiency, productivity and quality of service.