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Lights! Action! Enter 5S stage right!

If you ever bought a ticket to a live performance at a theatre or even a K.I.S.S. concert, then you’ve seen the second 5S method in action. When an actor is in the exact place they’re supposed to be, it’s called “hitting their…

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Added by Community Manager on July 10, 2019 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Playing the 5S “Moving House” game?

Do you remember the last time you moved from one residence to another?

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person yet who says, “I love moving! Bring on the boxes!” Moving requires us to…

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Added by Community Manager on July 2, 2019 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Floor tape woes? Here's how to fix them...

When it comes to making your numbers, often one change can make a BIG difference.



For example, one facility had issues with pickers not finding the right boxes for their orders.



Although the boxes were already stacked according to size, the new people didn’t know an S-4102 from an S-4142.



But…

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Added by Community Manager on June 18, 2019 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Is Your Visual Communication at its Best?

Reinforce important objectives, display KPIs, highlight Lean/Kaizen activities, and share planned initiatives through visual communication! Our custom Site BoardsTM enable you to effectively communicate your…

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Added by Community Manager on May 30, 2019 at 11:42am — No Comments

Reduce Waste and Motion with Tool Shadow Boards

Nearly 25% of workers' time is spent searching for tools, information or equipment.



Having the tool you need, when you need it, can significantly reduce wasted time and effort. Tool shadow boards make it easy for workers to remember where things go, and serve as a visual reminder when things…

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Added by Community Manager on May 14, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The 3 Data Points Your Team Needs for Success

Here are three different types of KPIs that can make operations run smoothly:



1) Inventory Turnover: You need to know what’s being sold and what’s sitting on a shelf collecting dust. This KPI measures how often you sell out your inventory.



Plus, slow-moving inventory takes up valuable shelf space and can drain your facility’s efficiency.



You’ll want to track your customers’ buying behaviors. Then, adjust…

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Added by Community Manager on April 25, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Top Tips for Organizing Small Spaces the 5S Way

How long does it take you to find what you need to complete a specific task in your workspace?

Sure, your space is limited – but your time is valuable. Why continue to waste productive time searching your workspace for the items you frequently use?

If you’ve ever wondered how a space so small can become such an unorganized…

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Added by Community Manager on April 24, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

National Public Health Week

Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment, wouldn't you agree? Let's work together to help communities prevent food-related sickness.

If you work in food processing, food handling, cleaning, manufacturing, or warehouse supply industry, color-coded tools are a great tool to help you eliminate cross-contamination in your workplace. 

This #NationalPublicHealthWeek visit The5SStore.com…

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Added by Community Manager on April 1, 2019 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Spring Cleaning: Motivation for Continuous Improvement

Ready for some 5S spring cleaning?

Recently I was talking to a Quality Manager about 5S. She told me a story that…

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Added by Community Manager on March 26, 2019 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Food For Thought...

Workplace stress is a major contributor to worker health and job dissatisfaction. Since workers spend more waking hours in the workplace, they need a productive work environment. Productivity also creates a healthier work environment. To be successful over the long term, the health and wellbeing of employees must come…

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Added by Community Manager on March 6, 2019 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Color-Coding - It's Important in the Workplace. Learn Why Here!

The importance of color-coding cleaning tools throughout your facility should NOT be underestimated. Applying color-coding in your plant will help you achieve these 5 things:

  1. Maintain strict work zones
  2. Reduce the risk of pathogens and allergens that can be harmful to your sanitary process
  3. Eliminate other foreign contaminants from affecting your operation
  4. Minimize miscommunication throughout a facility's processes
  5. Speed employee…
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Added by Community Manager on February 26, 2019 at 9:33am — No Comments

Are you making this mistake with floor tape?

If your facility is like many that I’ve seen, your floors probably take a beating. Extreme temperatures, high volume of traffic, and constant wear and tear from forklifts. All can play havoc with the materials we use for 5S…

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Added by Community Manager on February 20, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Power to Move your Workplace

Workstations have changed tremendously over the years. And since every workplace and workstation is not created equally, the ability to mobilize a workplace is very helpful. In fact, businesses that convert to mobile computer cart workstations report higher capacities, reduce infrastructure costs, and create more productive employees.

There are several obvious benefits to having a computer on wheels. 

Interested in learning more? Check out this typical work…

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Added by Community Manager on February 5, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Pros and Cons: The 5S Consultant vs. Implementing 5S Organization Yourself

Do you know what all experts have in common? They’ve spent countless years getting it all wrong, until one day they finally get it right and their processes are forever changed. Sounds nice, right? It sure does. See, when you’ve got a ton of tasks that steal your…

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Added by Community Manager on January 18, 2019 at 1:59pm — No Comments

5S Management Musts to Sustainment

Reduce stress by using these seven tips to sustain 5S in your workplace

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy button, especially when it comes to tackling 5S? You don’t have time to waste learning all the technical jargon when you have unique challenges to…

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Added by Community Manager on January 10, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Excessive Inventory - Don't Let it Pile Up!

Time to start thinking about reducing your inventory? How about organizing spaces in 2019? Red tags help you stay organized while you organize. For customized tags, just email Custom@the5sstore.com or call us at (978)842-4610.…

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Added by Community Manager on December 18, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What Ben Franklin can teach us about 5S

Benjamin Franklin was a very orderly guy.

In fact, many of his personal habits have been used by people all over the world since the 1700s.



For instance, his method of planning was adopted by Hyrum W. Smith, in 1984, who founded The Franklin Planner Company.  



Executives took to the planner like a duck to water. It…

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Added by Community Manager on December 17, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ever get frustrated by a fast-food restaurant? Recently I had such an experience. The restaurant was set up similar to a Subway, where you’d give your order to an employee and the next staff member w…

Ever get frustrated by a fast-food restaurant?

Recently I had such an experience. The restaurant was set up similar to a Subway, where you’d give your order to an employee and the next staff member would add “extras” to your food item. Except for these employees acted like a clown sideshow. Bumping into each other, not listening to what the other employee said, asking the customer…

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Added by Community Manager on November 26, 2018 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Use and Reuse These KPI Board Accessories for a MORE Visual Workplace

Make positive, negative or neutral metrics stand out on your Key Performance Indicator (KPI) board with quick and easy labeling. The advanced repositionable cling technology of our…

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Added by Community Manager on November 19, 2018 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Don't Forget Your 5S Red Tags

By now you're already thinking about 2019 - - and most likely ready to clean-up and re-organize your inventory. Red tags help you stay organized while you organize. 

5S Red Tags are used to keep the process of change going throughout the 5S workshop while remaining organized in the process. 5S Red Tags are used for visual management of a workspace, clearly marking items that need to be moved creating workplace organization. Note: We can also provide…

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Added by Community Manager on November 15, 2018 at 5:05pm — No Comments

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