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Lek, UK

Six Sigma for Retail

What is best way to measure defects in a retail business in order to improve efficiency?

  Michel van Wijk, Netherlands

'Defects' in Retail

Dear Lek, your question is basically very general - it generates too many potential answers for the brief space that we have to respond. However a good technique is to analyze the processes you are addressing and the CSF's for your business, retail in this case. Example in the last category: out-of-stock, to differentiate for store either for warehouse. If you can produce a base measure for OOS in store (and this figure is often quite high), you have a good challenge for improvement. OOS in warehouse, on the other hand produces not only lack of delivery to the stores (with all result of loss of sales etc.) but also waste of costs in DC for non-productive pick-pack labour + additional effort to restore stock levels. Can continue with dozens of other examples but the issue is: analyze and define cost drivers with large(st) impact.

  Leon Booysen
Management Consultant, South Africa

Six Sigma for Retail

Lek, start with customer complaints. As starting p...

  sadhana ghosh
Teacher, India

Defects in Retail

In any process improvement one has to have measure...

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

Listing More Factors May Help in Improving Retail Sector

Leon has started a good process of listing factors...

  Cristian Bleotu, Romania

Six Sigma for Retail

Hi Lek, not sure if you want to improve customer s...


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