I introduced Curtis, the founder & owner of North St Bags, to the principles of lean manufacturing. Then, over a period of several years, I provided ongoing guidance as he rolled out lean in his workplace and continued to deepen his knowledge.
Kjell’s advice and guidance on lean practices has been integral to our success as a growing manufacturing brand. From our conversations, and his reading recommendations, I’ve successfully implemented kanban systems, regular 5S and kaizen practices, as well as a culture of experimentation and self improvement company-wide. We boast a 1-2 week lead time for all wholesale orders, and the minimal inventory required to maintain that. We’ve also seen reduced costs and increased customer satisfaction since introducing lean systems to our business, rivaling much larger companies with similar products. I highly recommend going lean with any business, and Kjell’s passion and expertise on the subject make him an excellent guide in that transition.
Curtis Williams, founder & owner
North St Bags is a Portland, Oregon based designer and manufacturer of panniers, backpacks and bike commuter accessories. Their bags are made from almost exclusively from U.S. sourced parts and materials.