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Any processes where the customer cares about speed and quality is an opportunity to apply Lean Six Sigma techniques. 

Applying Lean Six Sigma could be especially critical in your business because you are dealing with perishables. Anything to make that process more efficient and effective to help reduce waste will have an impact on quality vegetables for your customer and hopefully profitability for you! There may be opportunities to improve in the following areas:

  1. Speed
  2. Transportation
  3. Storage
  4. Ordering process 

These are all factors that play a key role in getting your customers the freshest products quickly.

Food industries are well-known for applying process improvement. From fast food to grocery stores, and organic markets in order to maximize quality and reduce waste. 

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.