Applied Lean Consulting

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Applied Lean Consulting

We take Lean principles derived from Manufacturing and apply them across all industry sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Service
  • Administration

LEAN is a universal concept!

Tim Scurlock, Director of ALC said…

We’ve just been voted Industrial Process News company of the year 2020 for our pro-active approach, customer service and attention to detail. This initiative is another opportunity for us to engage with our customers (both current and future) during this difficult time.

lean tips

See our Lean Tips section – quick solutions to every day issues!

Lean is a tools and management system that provides:

  • What customers need
  • When they need it
  • In the quantity they need it
  • In the right sequence
  • Without defects
  • At lowest possible cost

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now is the time to start planning your way back from covid-19

ALC helps you to deliver quality and service on time, every time.

  • Consistently meet your OTIF (On-Time, In Full) target
  • Reduce your lead time
  • Reduce WIP (Work In Progress)
  • Improve quality (reduce scrap, re-work and customer credits)
  • Improve layout of production, storage and fulfilment to increase pace and reduce waste
  • Implement lean stock control measures to reduce stock-outs and excess stock
  • Improve stock turn, ease cash flow and increase profit
  • Allow your business to grow without moving premises

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How can you tell that your company needs Lean… ?


Managers spend most of their time firefighting: fixing problems and reacting to crises


Employees can’t see the link between their daily tasks and the organisation’s strategic goals

Work Practices

Work practices vary across individuals and groups


Delays or quality deficiencies are hidden and easily missed


Widespread frustration within the company at how long tasks take


Feedback from customers shows poor and variable levels of service


There is a lack of customer focus and no clear idea of what customers are looking for


Employees feel stressed, with high rates of sickness and absenteeism


Witch hunts’, finger pointing and a blame culture are endemic. Staff aren’t encouraged to speak up about impending problems

ALC’s “Lean Tips” Series

Inventory control and an introduction to the ABC analysis

If you run out of fast moving stock whilst your warehouse is full of redundant or low value lines – then this tip is for you…

Do you buy what you sell or need to sell what you’ve bought is a key strategic question. And Procurement plays a critical role. The ABC Analysis is a good way to analyse your stock holding and compare your stock levels with the most active SKUs you sell.

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for more tips about how to reduce waste in your business.

You’ll need to download Sales history by SKU to study and analyse in a spreadsheet format. We recommend you use 3 months sales, or more if you need to consider seasonal sales patterns.

Then chart the cumulative % of Sales against the SKUs. Adding the 80%, 95% and 98% levels identifies key markers which demonstrates the reliance of the business on certain core stock lines.

These markers define your A stocks, the B’s, C’s and D’s… but you can use your own levels – the principle is the same: to determine how much of your sales, is reliant on a few SKUs.

And the results can be quite astonishing. We’ve recently been working with a multi £m business where the top 5 lines made up half of their sales…

And with many slow moving lines absorbing cash and taking up valuable shelf and warehouse space.

So, once you’ve analysed the data, it’s time to take action:

  • Ensure the stock level of As is healthy. Talk to your suppliers to iron out supply chain difficulties, and help them to help you.
  • And the D products need to be discounted, de-listed and cleared out to make space for more lines.
There’s a load more work that can be done with supply chain analysis and stock control, but the ABC analysis is a powerful tool in the Lean toolbox to ensure the optimal use of your cash and space…

Creating the culture for Problem Solving takes time – but it’s worth it!
Contact us at ALC if you need help – or to learn more Lean Tips…

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Applied Lean Consulting Ltd.

Horn Street, Winslow, Bucks
+44 (0) 7411 381 887

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Applied Lean Consulting

ALC works with a select group of associate consultants giving the flexibility to resource larger projects and extended capabilities beyond the ‘standard’ lean intervention.

Whatever your industry, contact Applied Lean Consulting, on a no obligation basis, to find out how to eliminate waste and drive efficiency into your business.

Or if you just want to find out more about “Lean” and how it can save you money, please do get in touch. We would be very pleased to hear from you if you have any questions concerning the application of Lean and Lean process techniques.

ALC Ltd. is an established independent lean process consultancy which commenced practice in July 2011. Automotive Lean Consulting Ltd. is registered in England and Wales (Companies House number: 7695854).