How to make your SME more profitable?

Improving productivity, Reducing Costs and Improving Work in Progress Inventory in SMEs

There are several ways to improve productivity in a small manufacturing company. One approach is to focus on reducing work-in-progress inventory by implementing just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing techniques. This involves closely coordinating production with customer demand so that you only produce what you need when you need it. Additionally, you can look for ways to reduce production costs by streamlining processes, automating tasks, and using more cost-effective raw materials. Finally, to address production quality issues, you may want to implement quality control procedures, such as regular inspections and testing, and provide training for your employees on quality assurance best practices.

some additional steps you can take to improve productivity in your small manufacturing company:

  1. Implement a Lean manufacturing system: This approach focuses on identifying and eliminating waste in production processes, which can help reduce costs and improve efficiency.
  2. Invest in technology and automation: Investing in new technology and automating repetitive tasks can help increase production speeds, reduce errors and lower labour costs.
  3. Improve communication and collaboration: Encouraging open and clear communication among employees, as well as collaboration between different departments and teams, can help identify and resolve issues more quickly.
  4. Measure and track key performance indicators (KPIs): Identifying and tracking key metrics that are important to your business, such as production output, inventory turnover, and quality control metrics, will help you identify areas that need improvement and track progress.
  5. Employee training and development: Provide ongoing training and development opportunities for employees to improve their skills and knowledge, this will increase their productivity and motivation, also it will help in reducing the production cost.
  6. Continuously improve: Implement a continuous improvement program to regularly review and improve processes and procedures, this will help you to identify and eliminate inefficiencies.
  7. Finally, consider implementing inventory management software to help you track inventory levels and optimize your purchasing and production schedules to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

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Author: Shafqat Jilani
Shafqat Jilani is a corporate trainer, management consultant, life coach, motivational speaker, a behavioural psychologist and e-strategist with more than twenty fives years of professional working. He is working in IKTAR as country director for Pakistan.

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