On The Job with Tom Root, Managing Partner of Zingerman's Mail Order (Transcript)
Zingerman’s Mail Order (ZMO), one of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, began its lean transformation 15 years ago after deciding that its 3rd relocation in 6 years due to 25-35% year-over-year growth was its last! There had to be a better way to solve its biennial capacity problem. And of course there was with lean thinking.
Tom Root, ZMO’s Managing Director, sat down with Josh Howell for a wide-ranging conversation about several phases of ZMO’s lean transformation, including the challenge of establishing a culture of continuous improvement with full participation, and how lean thinking could impact the food industry that’s in desperate need of a better way. Here is a transcript of that talk.
Working During an Outbreak; What We Can Learn for Later
During this pandemic, Trader Joe’s is demonstrating several hallmarks of lean thinking that help keep employees and customers safe--and creates a better shopping experience.
Delivering Quality Foods with Zingerman's Mail Order
Listen to this podcast between Tom Root, Zingerman Mail Order's Managing Director, and Josh Howell for a wide-ranging conversation about several phases of ZMO’s lean transformation, including the challenge of establishing a culture of continuous improvement with full participation, and how lean thinking could impact the food industry that’s in desperate need of a better way.
Transcript for WLEI Podcast: Designing the Future, An interview with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and COO Jim Morgan
If you do not yet know the company called Rivian you will undoubtedly know it very soon. In 2019 Rivian made waves in the auto industry by announcing two “electric adventure vehicles”: the R1T, an electric pickup truck, and the R1S, an electric SUV. Both vehicles are expected to launch in the United States later this year and globally in 2021. Rivian is also developing a fleet of electric delivery vans to fulfill a 100,000-unit order placed by Amazon. In the last twelve months the electric vehicle company has raised three billion dollars to bring this vision to life.
Rivian’s COO Jim Morgan, who also leads LEI’s Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) initiative, recently invited LEI's Matt Savas and Josh Howell to visit the company’s largest “development center” in Plymouth, MI to discuss the challenges of launching a car company from scratch, with him and Rivian founder/CEO R.J. Scaringe. Here is the transcript of the interview that was released as the WLEI podcast on Monday February 17.