MANUFACTURING

CASE STUDIES

Market Growth

 

A mid-sized material handling company wanted to grow its revenue by 30% in 18 months, focusing on one of its five primary product lines.  The company believed this product line was the foundation for the future of the company and was willing to focus resources on this line.  They came to Blue Pearl looking for a plan to reach this goal.

 

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Competitor Analysis

 

A home products manufacturer had developed a growth plan hinging on increasing volume.  However, as the manufacturer attempted to execute the plan, results did not materialize as expected.  Blue Pearl was brought in to help execute the plan.

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Lean Manufacturing

 

A large commercial seating manufacturer received an order for 200 custom-made bar stools for each team in the 2014 Super Bowl. The manufacturer rushed the order out the door in time for the game with logos for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks. The only problem? The Steelers weren’t playing in the Super Bowl. In fact, they didn’t even make the playoffs.

 

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Procurement

 

BPC was contacted by a client wanting to reduce the cost of acquiring raw materials for its products -- commercial cooling equipment for food service operations. Overseas competition had created price pressure in the company’s customer base, limiting the cost the company could pass on to customers. The client was evaluating outsourcing some of their components to a Chinese manufacturer, but was hesitant to make the move.

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Outsourcing

 

A small commercial product manufacturer came to us to increase efficiency and reduce cost through outsourcing. However, many times there are factors that have nothing to do with cost that must be taken into account. For example, they were a proud Midwestern company and wanted to maintain their roots, as well as the quality of their product.

 

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Capital Asset Planning

 

A large printing operation in the Chicagoland area came to Blue Pearl with a challenge that plagues many industries – how to stay competitive in their market with advanced technologies while controlling costs.  The printing industry has been dramatically transformed by both direct online competition and rapidly changing mass production technologies

 

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BLUE PEARL

CONSULTING

We are a boutique management and operations consulting firm dedicated to creating customized, research-based solutions for our clients.

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Chicago, IL 60640

 

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