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Increasing Production and Eliminating Waste through Lean Tools and Techniques for Halal Food Companies

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, National University of Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Malaysia
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Putra Business School, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Malaysia
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Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Malaysia
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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 9179-9204; https://doi.org/10.3390/su6129179
Received: 27 September 2014 / Revised: 28 November 2014 / Accepted: 2 December 2014 / Published: 11 December 2014
Major businesses around the world have been trying to reduce the total cost and wastes across their supply chain to remain competitive in the expanding global market. Hence, a collection of reliable tools and techniques are vital for decreasing costs and wastes and for providing effective services for customer demands. Given that lean concept attempts to decrease costs and wastes, this study aims to identify the effective lean tools required for eliminating wastes in the supply chain. Because of the large number of consumers and the global market of Halal products, this study focuses on Halal food supply chains. Out of the questionnaires distributed to 300 Halal food firms in Malaysia, only 61 usable replies were obtained. The results showed that demand collaboration, continuous improvement, and inventory management practices are the most important tools in Lean Supply Chain (LSC) implementation. In addition, the results indicated that only a small percentage of Halal food companies are implementing LSC. Malaysia is an important Halal food producer in the word, but has low level of LSC implementation among its Halal food producers. LSC is a new concept that needs more effort to be understood and implemented. View Full-Text
Keywords: waste management; lean supply chain; lean practices; Halal food companies; supply chain; barriers waste management; lean supply chain; lean practices; Halal food companies; supply chain; barriers
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Manzouri, M.; Ab-Rahman, M.N.; Zain, C.R.C.M.; Jamsari, E.A. Increasing Production and Eliminating Waste through Lean Tools and Techniques for Halal Food Companies. Sustainability 2014, 6, 9179-9204.

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