Padua International Furniture

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY1
I. INTRODUCTION2
Mission16
Goals and Objectives16
2. KEY STRATEGIES17
3. KEY PROGRAMS18
II. OPERATIONS AUDIT27
A. PRODUCTS/SERVICES28
B. PROCESS DESIGN32
C. LOCATION PLANNING44
Tangible Costs46
D. CAPACITY PLANNING49
E. FACILITIES LAYOUT53
F. WORK SYSTEMS57
G. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT61
H. QUALITY MANAGEMENT65
I. OPERATONS SCHEDULING67
J. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT73
A. KEY FINDINGS77
B. PRIORITY RANKINGS81
C. RECOMMENDATIONS83
Major Recommendations83
1.A LAYOUT84
1.B WORK CELLS86
2. WORKING CONDITIONS88
Minor recommendations90
JOB DESIGN90
TRAINING91
WORKSTATIONS92
QUALITY MANAGEMENT93
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT93
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT94
E. Implementation Plans98
1. TIMETABLES98
2.RESPONSIBILITY ASSIGNMENTS99
3. MONITORING PLAN99
DEPARTMENTAL MEETINGS100
IV. CONCLUSION103
APPENDIX A104
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APPENDIX B107

Executive Summary

The furniture industry of the Philippines is a diversified combination of Filipino culture as well as Western influences. This advantage allowed local firms like Padua Furniture Inc. to permeate the global market like the US and solidify the position of the Philippines as part of the top ten exporters of furniture in countries like the US. Although the furniture industry faces competition from China and Vietnam due to their capacity for mass production, the Filipino edge comes from its unique designs and high quality products. Padua Furniture Inc. is a company that produces high quality furniture and accessories for the sophisticated global market. The company's main strategy with respect to its production management is implementing a "lean and mean production"; which provides only what the customer wants and when the customer wants it. Therefore, everything is just a response to the preference of the market. It follows a high variety but low volume production. With such a strategy, Padua International's ROI is 2.27%. Given all these characteristics of Padua Furniture Inc. the group discovers plenty of areas for improvement. Although production is stable due to its demand-responsive nature it may get better with the introduction of some improvements. The group recommends that the company focus on improving their layout and the working conditions of their employees.

I. Introduction

A. Company Profile
Short History
Padua International Corporation is a Filipino company that prides itself with its consistently lauded, modern, sleek and sophisticated furniture and furnishings that caters not just to the tastes of Filipino people but to international clientele as well. First known as Padua Gallery, it was originally established to be an antique furniture and collectibles trader way back in October 1986. Despite being highly successful in the antique furniture industry, the company decided to diversify into other avenues of the furniture industry. This diversification came in 1998, when Padua Gallery decided to realize its plans of broadening its business horizons by manufacturing and joining furniture fairs. Due to its outstanding design aesthetics and quality, the company soon became a major player in the industry. Then in August 1999, Padua once again decided to explore new business heights, this time by manufacturing and exporting its designer furniture and accessories to the global market. Renamed as Padua International Corporation, the company's avant-garde pieces have reached all corners of the world from European counties such as France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, United Kingdom, Austria and Belgium, to our fellow Asian neighbors Japan, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, and of course to Canada and the United States of America. Padua International Corporation has gone from being a marvel in the local antique furniture industry to now being globally competitive by manufacturing and exporting its contemporary pieces to people all over the world...
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