About Lean deployment in horticulture with Hans Doevendans, Nigel Grigg, Jane Goodyer at the PMA 2014 Conference
The presentation “Exploring Lean deployment in New Zealand apple pack-houses” was offered, in the second day of the PMA 2014 Conference, by Hans J.T. Doevendans, QMAC Systems Ltd, Havelock North, Nigel P. Grigg and and Jane Goodyer, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand.
Their research project investigated the suitability of Lean in a horticultural setting – the New Zealand apple and pear industry. The method they used include literature review, industry-wide stakeholder surveys, case studies and analysis a representative sample of three pack-houses.
The main conclusion of the research was that the industry as a whole is only marginally familiar with the Lean principles, and it is arguable that those pack-houses that are involved in Lean since 2012 have made any significant progress. However, the researchers mentioned that data demonstrates some significant progress, because of the approaches that lead to a measurable increase of Lean, supported by some positive financial indicators.
Although the New Zealand pipfruit industry is innovative and competitive, the stakeholders have low levels of knowledge when it comes to Lean principles.