Today's business environment is shifting from the traditional model of simply manufacturing and selling products. Supply chains are now global in nature, customers have more options for where to get products, and they need their suppliers to be true business partners. Customers expect these partners to not only provide the right high-quality products, at the right time, but also to anticipate their future requirements and to identify changing market trends, while meeting and exceeding their needs.
Competition is greater than ever before. To succeed, manufacturers have to show a higher value proposition to market. Whether it's through faster response times, higher quality products, or exceptional customer service and relationships, manufacturers are being asked to do more. To maintain a competitive advantage, manufacturers require flexibility in their operations and must continually drive innovation—not only in the marketplace but also in how they do business.
But, while manufacturers struggle with continuously expanding technologies and the complex value networks replacing straight-shot supply chains, the ongoing issues of productivity, fulﬁllment speed, and proﬁtability haven’t gone away either.
Manufacturers have always worked to improve performance against benchmarks such as cost, time-to-market, product quality, and inventory optimization. Now globalization, contract manufacturing, growing environmental and social awareness, and the need for instant operational insight are adding new opportunities as well as challenges.
To meet these challenges, manufacturers need to look for ways to remove waste from their workstreams and identify opportunities to add value inside and outside of the company. They need to enable complete real-time visibility with customers, partners, and suppliers. And they need to quickly and effectively adapt to market conditions to reduce time-to-market.
Our ability to help discrete, lean, and process manufacturers transform their business and successfully adopt new workstreams and information flows is derived from extensive experience performing a wide array of enterprise transformation projects.
Based on this accumulated experience, we feel we can solve certain aspects of projects in hours and days that will take other firms weeks and months. This is not an exaggeration. It is inherent in the nature of the specialized work that needs to be performed during a successful implementation of enabling systems that touch workstreams across the enterprise.
Manufacturers that partner with Merit Solutions typically experience the following results from their investments:
Merit Solutions works with clients to understand and triangulate their exact business needs in terms of people, workstreams, and enabling systems. From future state business process mapping to systems analysis, fit-gap process definition and scoping, sourcing, design and deployment, integration with other systems, and on-going support – we provide end-to-end global services that help clients successfully transform their business and build a foundation that continuously flows value to their customers.
To deliver optimum customer satisfaction, operational performance, and business success – organizations must be able to provide products and efficiently capture, access, and share operations data in the right way with the right entities.
Becoming a lean organization is not a single step or even a finite undertaking such as a typical project. Adopting lean must be a journey that the entire organization takes as a unit.
Even before you receive your 510(k) approval, you should be using an ERP system to help you develop and document your procedures, track costs, plan materials and monitor product structures.
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