HOUSTON, Texas, August 21, 2008 - CEVA Logistics, one of the leading supply chain companies in the world, was recognized as the recipient of two 'Kaizen Challenge Awards' by Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) at its annual Logistics Partner meeting, for the second consecutive year. The Kaizen Challenge gives TMS' service providers an opportunity to work with the company to improve its business processes. Kaizen, which means "continuous improvement," is a key component of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and exemplifies the company's continuous efforts to achieve the highest quality, lowest cost and shortest lead-time.
This year, CEVA's winning entries focused not only on process improvement and cost savings, but also on environmental and safety awareness. "Clean Sweep," the first of CEVA's kaizen projects, targeted unkempt work areas and warehouse and equipment placement. CEVA's redesign of the work area in the warehouse has resulted in improved safety, increased productivity and standardized work processes. For the second winning project, "Go Green," CEVA developed a pallet model for the local transfer from Toyota North American Parts Center California (NAPCC). The outcome of this project has been improved pallet utilization, warehouse utilization and environmental footprint for Toyota and CEVA.
"CEVA is an outstanding partner of Toyota, exhibiting the highest commitment to kaizen and continuous improvement. In recognition of their superior performance CEVA was presented with not one, but two of our four Kaizen awards," said Carol Suwa, Toyota Logistics Operations Manager, North American Parts Operations. "CEVA was selected from among more than 20 of our key logistics partners who participated in the Kaizen Challenge Program. Toyota sincerely thanks the staff at CEVA for their hard work and dedication to Toyota and our partnership in the spirit of kaizen."
"I am very proud of our partnership with Toyota and our accomplishments as a team. It is especially rewarding when we can work together to develop environmentally responsible solutions that improve processes in a cost-efficient manner," said Joe Bento, CEVA President, Americas and Global Freight Management.
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