Considering the fast emerging markets of nowadays, companies are constantly focusing on how to produce higher qualitative products, with less costs, and in a shorter period of time. Hence, organizations have started to focus increasingly more on product development processes.
A prerequisite for a successul benchmarking study is to have a Total Quality Management system in place within the organization. Modern quality management entails customer satisfaction, it prefers prevention against inspection and it recognizes the managerial team’s responsibility for quality.
In today’s business environment, companies have understood that, in order to create sustainable profitability, they need to value more their employees. The first condition for a satisfied workforce is to provide a safe working environment.
The highly competitive automotive industry represents the perfect framework for continuous innovation and development. The ever increasing customer demands for qualitative and customized products and the tight competition have increased the need for a more efficient and effective production cycle.
Wolseley is the world’s largest distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors. It is also a leading supplier of building materials to the professional market. The company is principally engaged in the distribution of plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and building materials. Wolseley operates through six reportable business segments, namely, the US, Canada, the UK, Nordic, France and Central and Eastern Europe.