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Exploring and developing new ways to improve the resource efficiency of the manufacturing system and supply-chain - EV0546

This project builds on findings from a project by Oakdene Hollins in 2013. This project, a Waste Prevention Review (WPR) funded through WRAP on the Moy Park / M&S supply chain for chicken fillets, found a disparity between the products being supplied by the farmers and the products being demanded by the retailers / consumers. This can result in out-of-specification products running at over 50% at Moy Park.

This project will test out the application of Lean to with farmers and manufacturers. It will use a standard Lean approach so that businesses have easy access to additional information through the internet or other published literature. This assists in providing a project legacy in terms of embedding the systematic continuous improvement process into normal working practice, i.e. all the knowledge does not leave with the consultant on completion of the project

The potential savings from this study include:
• Environmentally, it will reduce the number of birds required to satisfy customer orders and the resources (energy, water, etc) required to process out-of-specification products, and
• From a competitiveness perspective, it will increase the sales generated and reduce the processing costs per bird (£/bird) at Moy Park and will improve the likelihood of meeting customer service level agreements since more time can be spent on processing customer orders rather than processing out-of-specification products.
The primary objective of this project is to work with the poultry supply chain to convert it to a system driven by customer value, i.e. a pull system. This will include:
• Engaging with farmers to reduce process variability.
• Engaging with farmers and manufacturers (Moy Park) to improve the supplier / customer interface (matching supply with demand) and reduce the level of out-of-specification products.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £120,860
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Oakdene Hollins
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production