2013 OpEx Programs: What Your Peers Are Doing

Peter Hock of ConAgra Foods and I recently hosted a webinar with Consumer Goods Technology discussing the topic of integrating manufacturing and the supply chain to drive operational excellence improvements. We had approximately 70 of you join us and most of you stayed for the whole 50 minutes of our discussion. I was worried because the new system CGT has a live counter at the top of the screen showing the number of attendees. There’s nothing worse than speaking and seeing the numbers drop off quickly. Fortunately the topic was interesting enough to keep everyone engaged (I will assume it’s the topic and not my wit and charm).

We introduced polling questions for the attendees to answer allowing the audience to have a voice, and I would like to share some of these insights with you. As a general rule of thumb the split of the audience was 80% brand label food & beverage manufactures and 20% friends and family (GE and partner colleagues).

It’s easier to show these responses graphically than in a table so here goes:

OpEx program For Q1, we can see that more than half the attendees had implemented OEE, and nobody responded they were doing anything around water or energy consumption.

Q2 Consumer Goods Technology

For the next question, labor and ingredient costs are having the biggest impact on margin, but interestingly, utilities is third, which no one is tackling already in any formal way.

Q3 Consumer Goods Technology

I think the final question really validated the need and interest for our discussion as only 30% of the audience is currently integrating manufacturing with the supply chain, but 65% are in the process of thinking about it or planning to do it.

 Developing a Business Case for Integrating Manufacturing and Supply ChainIf the topic is of interest, you can email me barry.lynch@ge.com for a copy of the white paper I produced covering this topic. Or, if you wish to log on and watch the live stream recording of the session just follow the link below.


Barry Lynch

Barry, Global Marketing Director – Automation Hardware at GE's Automation & Controls business, passionately believes that connected machines, mobile data analytics and workforce enablement don’t have to be hurdles in business today. He leads the strategic direction of the company’s automation and information systems programs to help customers apply the power of the Industrial Internet to their businesses. By connecting machines, data, insights and people, our technology solutions deliver critical insight for greater operational efficiency, effectiveness and optimization. Learn more about how Barry works at GE on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter at @BarryLynchGE.

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