Raureka, Hastings

2 hours ago

Resene Upcyling Awards - don't forget!

Resene

Don't forget to submit your upcycled creations in the Resene Upcycling Awards. Whether it's an old item you've spruced up or something you've found a completely new purpose for, we want to see your work!

Submit your entry in the 2021 Resene Upcycling Awards by sharing your … View more
Don't forget to submit your upcycled creations in the Resene Upcycling Awards. Whether it's an old item you've spruced up or something you've found a completely new purpose for, we want to see your work!

Submit your entry in the 2021 Resene Upcycling Awards by sharing your upcycled masterpiece with your neighbours. Multiple entries are welcome - don't forget to include your before and after pics and mention any Resene products you've used!
Get Upcycling now

Image
18 hours ago

Used toilet and sink, tap

Yvonne and Neil from Havelock North

$40 each

Price: $40

1 day ago

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

Come together for good with friends, whānau and workmates by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this May. You’ll be joining thousands of Kiwis around the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

You can host any time in May, and by taking part, you’ll be helping fund … View more
Come together for good with friends, whānau and workmates by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this May. You’ll be joining thousands of Kiwis around the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

You can host any time in May, and by taking part, you’ll be helping fund ground-breaking work by some of our country’s top breast cancer researchers, educate people about breast health, and provide free support services for breast cancer patients and their families.

What are you waiting for! Sign up today.
Find out more

Image
1 day ago

Miraculous Ladybug Kinder Surprise

Jan from Akina

Looking to trade this Miraculous Kinder Surprise double up I got, as new ladybug and stamp, willing to trade for any of the Miraculous kinder figures I don't have.

Negotiable

3 days ago

House renovation

Trevor from Havelock North

Next weekend, April 17 and 18, I will be removing a whole kitchen, a laundry tub, and a built in shower and bath. If anyone wants any part of this it is free for the help in removal. It is a mid 80's house but I don't have any history of renovations. We haven't taken possession of … View moreNext weekend, April 17 and 18, I will be removing a whole kitchen, a laundry tub, and a built in shower and bath. If anyone wants any part of this it is free for the help in removal. It is a mid 80's house but I don't have any history of renovations. We haven't taken possession of the house yet, so sorry, no photos, just phone me on the 17th, (Saturday) for a look. Phone Trevor on 027 444 0336.

1 day ago

NEW OWNERSHIP LAUNCH is STILL ON!!!!!!!!!!!

Stihl Shop Hastings

Come down and join us. 15% off rrp storewide.
Lots of fun things to do. Saturday 10th April only

Image
1 day ago

Vapor Spray

Jolene from Havelock North

Delivery today, only today
Hastings and Havelock
Vapor Spray ×10
Usually $14.80 each
Now $10.00 each
Private message to place an order.
Only Product available at the moment.
This price today only.

Image
4 days ago

Digital Seniors Internet Cafe/Hub

Roger from Akina

Need some help with your digital device? The Digital Seniors Internet Cafe/Hub is on every Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 2.30pm at Heretaunga Seniors, 1120 Willowpark Rd North, Mayfair, Hastings (next to Mayfair Primary School). Cost is $5 per person. Help or advice will be available for any … View moreNeed some help with your digital device? The Digital Seniors Internet Cafe/Hub is on every Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 2.30pm at Heretaunga Seniors, 1120 Willowpark Rd North, Mayfair, Hastings (next to Mayfair Primary School). Cost is $5 per person. Help or advice will be available for any computer, cell phone, tablet or Ipad problems

2 days ago

Independence with support you can count on

Ryman Healthcare Limited

Serviced apartments come with the support that makes life easier.

Your fixed base weekly fee includes a chef-prepared meal every day, morning and afternoon tea and housekeeping.

Your electricity, heating, air-conditioning costs and building maintenance are also covered, providing you with … View more
Serviced apartments come with the support that makes life easier.

Your fixed base weekly fee includes a chef-prepared meal every day, morning and afternoon tea and housekeeping.

Your electricity, heating, air-conditioning costs and building maintenance are also covered, providing you with certainty about your living expenses.
Learn more

Image
3 days ago

Why not make a birdbath out of your rhubarb leaf?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Yes you can! NZ Gardener's DIY guru Jacob Leaf shows you how.

Image
S
3 days ago

Small Business Day 9th April

Samantha from Mahora

Small Business Day Competition - Fri 9th April - $100K in prizes

If you buy feijoas from Cheops Feijoas on the 9th and share a photo of your purchase on social media tagging @smallbusinessdaynz and using #choosesmallnz you could win a share of the $100 000 in prizes available.

3kg bag for $12 … View more
Small Business Day Competition - Fri 9th April - $100K in prizes

If you buy feijoas from Cheops Feijoas on the 9th and share a photo of your purchase on social media tagging @smallbusinessdaynz and using #choosesmallnz you could win a share of the $100 000 in prizes available.

3kg bag for $12 pre-order and pick-up

Many other local Small Businesses are also participating so have a look.

www.smallbusinessday.co.nz...
www.facebook.com...
cheopsfeijoas@gmail.com

Image
5 days ago

Where is your bottleneck?

Rupert from Clive

The Story

Many moons ago, I happened to speak to a member of the top management of a large manufacturing company. Our topic was something dubbed “standard working hours decrease with compensatory wage increase”, in other words, working less hours per week while maintaining the pay.

The … View more
The Story

Many moons ago, I happened to speak to a member of the top management of a large manufacturing company. Our topic was something dubbed “standard working hours decrease with compensatory wage increase”, in other words, working less hours per week while maintaining the pay.

The intent by the people that had initiated it was to help decrease unemployment figures during challenging economic times by creating additional jobs. In theory, reducing the weekly hours worked by 19 people by 2 per person would create one new, fulltime job, thus equaling about 365 new jobs for just that one manufacturing company...

So, how many new staff got hired? Well, hardly anyone.

Employers unsuccessfully scouring the labour market for, say fitters or turners are unlikely to hire accountants or nurses instead.

Effectively having to pay more for those on board already calls for an equivalent prior to any additional hire.

Therefore, their approach was more along the line “How can we achieve current output with current staff in less time?”


The Consideration

Outbound activity, such as improving sales or developing new markets, didn't appear to provide the right answers.

Inbound activity, on the other hand, looked promising with productivity taking centre stage.

The two options here were

- increasing output while maintaining input, or
- maintaining output with decreased input.

Since the situation rather called for the latter, looking for bottlenecks and road blocks to eliminate waste was considered appropriate. Either way, the focus would be on internal activities.


The Key Question

Within the next 12 months, which corrective action would yield how much cost benefit?


The Assessment

Any assessment would ask for some data acquisition prior to making a decision, and productivity assessments are no different. This data can be acquired by combing through areas that are either within or associated to the business.

Skills
People hired for a particular job bring a certain skill set. Topping up and/or updating these skills might help boost performance and productivity.

Equipment
There is obviously an advantage in using the tools or machinery that are best suited for the job on hand. Note that best suited does not necessarily mean the latest stuff.

Process
Any business activity should follow a process that could be tried, tested and reviewed regularly to identify opportunities for improvement. Even seemingly tiny things may have an impact. An airline decided to remove one olive from a salad served inflight. No one even noticed but it saved them about $40k per year.

Outsourcing
In average, about 30 production hours are required per one car at the original manufacturer. This is feasible due to components such as dashboards being pre-fabricated elsewhere and delivered on time straight to the assembly line.

Automation
An array of robots to weld or spray car bodies is a proven way to keep quality high and manufacturing cost steady.

Logistics
Components are supplied in time and to the right location on the premises, to save on cost for stock-keeping and internal transport. In addition, components might not incur procurement cost until delivered and accepted.

Communication
Effective communication has to happen from sourcing relevant materials to finished goods leaving the premises. While identifying bottlenecks and realising cost savings might be a challenge, it might be well worth the while.


Obviously, there are many more areas to potentially delve into...

Technology
Model range
Process design
Standardisation
Labelling
Quoting
Handling
Materials procurement
Wastage of raw materials
Asset maintenance
Accounting
...


One thing all these areas have in common: On your productivity gains journey, you want to ensure you don't pay Peter by robbing Paul. In other words, savings in one area are not really effective if they incur expenses in another. Therefore, it is good practice to look at neighbouring areas instead of assessing just one in isolation. This will help not losing sight of the big picture as well as with determining the most auspicious corrective action(s).

It is also worth noting that you can go on your productivity journey virtually anywhere. While assessing some remote manufacturing site might prove beneficial, looking at the more immediate administration site may also yield positive results.


The How-To

Questions to help getting started include

What would be the most promising area to get started with?
What would my goal be with respect to cost savings?
What particular activities are carried out in this area ?
How is an activity synchronised with a preceding or consecutive activity?
What makes an activity vital to the area's purpose or projected goal?
How can a vital activity be optimised or streamlined?
How big would the savings be?
How can a non-vital activity be made redundant? If you can't find any – look harder.
How much could be saved by doing that?
What would be the upstream/downstream effects of seizing it?

Please note that
1) “activity” can also mean something that happened in the past, is now static but still has an impact (see the olive example above),
2) “non-vital” is a property that is present but might not be required.


So, how many areas are too many, or not enough? How many activities can one handle? How many topics (or key factors) do I need to consider?

There is no one-number-fits-all answer to these questions.

From experience, starting with up to 3 areas in total when hunting for productivity gains will generally prove satisfactory, without being too overwhelming.

For example, assess one clearly defined area and include one upstream and one downstream area. Any area associated with significant cost has a good chance for notable gains.

Area size matters a lot, too.

For instance, if you have multiple lines for processing and packing cheese, start with one line only, or perhaps just with the packaging function of it. Thus, you're dealing with a relatively small and clearly arranged area, plus, have the additional benefits of getting quick results and gaining experience in the process.


As for timeframe, there is no one-number-fits-all answer either.

Assessing an area might take anything between a day or a month. Determining corrective activities, their implementation, and following up on their effectiveness might take anything from one week to six months.

When it comes to determining topics (or key factors) relevant to the chosen areas, they should relate to potential cost savings since this is what productivity gains is about.

Phrasing a question rather than a statement for a key factor will get you an answer you can base a corrective action on.

Corrective actions require resources, for scoping, planning, implementation, and review. Hence, ensure you adjust the number of key factors (and subsequent corrective actions) to suit your resources – or vice versa.

In the end, a number of 1 or 2 successfully implemented corrective actions is much more favourable than coming up with half a dozen that stretch your resources too thinly. There will be another opportunity, just a bit later, to implement another corrective action successfully.

Moreover, keep in mind that changes to one area might not show any effects there but affect upstream or downstream areas.


The Action

Making productivity gains is a long-term string of activities. After all, it is just a specific kind of continuous improvement, and, like the CI LOOP, it is regular round trips delivering new results each time you embark on that journey.

Productivity gains are made through particular actions based on and determined by facts, they need to be followed up and reviewed regularly and frequently.


While there are many different ways to go about productivity gains, the following pattern may serve as a rough guideline.

1) Choose 1 main and 2 neighbouring areas

2) Determine the topics to assess (at least 2, no more than 4)

3) Get the data. Try to translate everything into one specific unit (e.g. $$)

4) Create a table for areas and topics, enter the data and analyse it

5) Determine the highest potential saving (max. 1 per area), the corrective activity required, and potential gains (saving - cost)

6) Implement corrective action and monitor to check if gains are consistent and as expected

7) Tweak action(s) if required


Last But Not Least

Remember that making productivity gains is a team effort. Travelling as a party will be more inspiring than doing the journey alone.

In fact, talking and listening to people involved in the particular area will be mission-critical right from the start.

Hunting for productivity gains (and introducing new things in the process) might spell change, so some people who are directly involved or concerned might be a lot less enthusiastic about it. Therefore, support from people who are not directly involved might be mission-critical as well...


How is your productivity?


#waste #savings #productivity #gains #services #reliability #TPM #tmaholistics

Image
J
5 days ago

Roman blind repair

Judith from Havelock North

Hi, does anyone know anyone that repairs/restrings Roman blinds? 0273306730

4 days ago

Dyson v6

Fran from Clive

Has been my daily for a couple years now but just upgraded

Price: $200

4 days ago

Friends bar contact

Liz from Havelock North

Looking to make contact with Dylan Ryder from Old Friends bar please

Top