Methods Improvement Studies

The Productivity Improvement Program begins by conducting an Operational Methods Study at the client’s facility.

The objective of the study is to identify and establish the best and most effective/efficient way of performing work activities to eliminate unproductive time, promote a more efficient utilization of available resources, and to create safer and more rewarding working conditions.

The next step is the breakdown of each task included in each operation into a number of very small, well defined work elements that are standardized to ensures that every member of the workforce performs each task in the same optimally efficient way. This standardization process is absolutely necessary to accurately measure performance  and is the base upon which Engineered Labor Standards are developed.

Additionally, the newly established work methods represent a valuable training guide for all warehouse operators as well as for the supervisors involved in the training process.

Another important and often overlooked reason for improving operating methods is the psychological aspect. When working conditions are improved, employees’ attitude toward the Productivity Improvement Program is far more positive.

Employees’ acceptance translates in greater program effectiveness.

The implementation of the Preferred Work Methods usually reduces operating costs by approximately 4% to 8% percent, while enhancing the “art of management” throughout the operation.


When it comes to a sophisticated approach to distribution and warehouse management, working with Applied Logistics was a natural. Their systematic approach saved us money and allowed us to run our distribution of nationwide products efficiently. Our partnership benefits all at Lowe's. Joseph Mabry; Executive VP of Logistics & Distribution As one of the largest food & drug retailers in North America, Safeway Inc. is an innovative company founded on a simple value philosophy: taking care of our customers is what Applied Logistics did for us. Reliable and safe distribution and management systems allowed us to maximize our revenue. Jerry Tidwell, Sr. VP Safeway Supply Operations Applied Logistics exemplifies the values of Snap-on. Their strong ability to demonstrate integrity, always respect the company in all situations, promote our teamwork, and listen to our inputs to suggested solutions, has made us value our partnership with Applied Logistics. Over the years our distribution, transportation and warehouse management efficiency has drastically increased due to their innovative software and management process. If you are not using it, you are simply wasting your money! Gary Henning, Operations Development