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Raincoat Manufacturer Story

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To create a breakthrough, you often need to see your challenge from a new perspective. This is why we are fond of looking for inspiration from outside our client’s industries.

This little story perfectly illustrates the point: To support their local hospital’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a 100 year old Japanese raincoat manufacturer needed to produce protective gowns, but it could not fulfil the volume required. Instead of looking for a PPE manufacturing expert for help, it sought inspiration, and help from a company that mastered productivity and efficiency in a totally unrelated industry: Toyota.

The result: A 100 fold increase in the output. You can watch this video from the Idea to Value community website, which did a great job finding that story. 

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