Grocery store shopping is part of everyday life in most of the world. We’ll look at applications of Lean and Six Sigma in grocery stores in Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and Turkey and see a video of what grocery shopping is like in Japan.


Lean Manufacturing in Grocery Stores: Saudi Arabia

In a case study titled “Applying Lean Manufacturing to Grocery Stores, Case Study” authors Turki Baagag and others discuss the application of Lean methodology to reduce the waiting time in grocery stores.

The authors discuss the application of:

  • Kanban
  • 5S – Sorting
  • Labelling
  • Andon
  • Self-Checkout
  • Maintenance

You can read the case study here.


Using Lean to Improve Operational and Sustainability Performance: Portugal

In a case study titled  “Improving Operational and Sustainability Performance in a Retail Fresh Food Market Using Lean: A Portuguese Case Study” authors  Pedro Alexandre Marques, André M. Carvalho, and José Oliveira Santos discuss how Lean tools and techniques were applied to improve operational performance and sustainability in the cold meat section of a fresh food market.

The case study includes:

  • Gemba Kaizen Event Stages
  • A3 Problem-solving for Days 1 and 2 of the Kaizen Event
  • Visual Standard for Ham Cutting
  • Evolution of Two Main KPIs

Use the following link to read the case study.


Six Sigma Applied to Reduce Inventory Levels: Turkey

In a paper titled “Reducing Inventory Levels in a Supermarket through the Six Sigma

Method” authors Saadet Aişeoğlu and Izzettin Hakan Karaçizmeli discuss  the application of Six Sigma methods to reduce the inventory levels in a large supermarket offering both wholesale and retail products.

The paper includes:

  • Potential Root Causes
  • Products with Inventory Levels by Quantity and Financial Value
  • Excess Inventory Causes
  • Improvement Actions
  • Monitoring Plan

You can read the paper here.


Grocery Shopping in Japan

Go Grocery Shopping in Japan in this video from Mily and Mari, Japanese teachers from Tokyo.

You can watch the video here.



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