The Kaizen System

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The Kaizen system is a Japanese management system that provides for a continuous improvement process across all areas of the company through the participation of all employees. Literally translated Kai means “change, transformation” and Zen “for the better”.
The Kaizen system aims at improving the proven product in small steps, rather than achieving sudden improvements through innovation. The focus is not primarily on profit maximization, but on the employees’ efforts to perfect the production process and the existing product. The continuous involvement of employees and their suggestions for improvement should increase their motivation and strengthen their identification with the company.

Objectives of the Kaizen system

  • Quality assurance
  • Quality improvement
  • Cost reduction
  • Cost reduction

As a result, the ultimate goal is customer satisfaction and profit maximization.

Kaizen can be applied in the warehouseacross all business processes, from goods receipt to goods issue. For example, high material stocks take up both space and costs. Therefore, perfection should always be strived for with regard to the minimization of stocks and the timely provision of goods. The application of the Kaizen method is therefore a way to improve quality management.

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