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Operations Insight: Bremont Watches

As explained in our book, there are many industries where craft-based production has almost disappeared, and most goods are made in high volume.  However, the watch industry is one example where some operations are still based around an extremely high … Continue reading

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Levi’s takes designer jeans to a whole new level

I love this video.  It neatly illustrates the distinction between craft skills and mass production (discussed pages 60-65 in our book) using an iconic product – blue jeans. How Ryan talks about process is great too.

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Which family firm turned over $5 billion in 2013 selling goods made entirely by hand?

The answer is Hermès.  There is a long profile of this company on the Forbes.com website, much of which is to do with the corporate structure of the company (which is complex) and family ownership (also complex).  However there are … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Proportion London

Proportion London manufacture mannequins (otherwise known as shop dummies).  This BBC link explains how they go about it in a 4 minute video.  It is still very much a craft process, with dummies still being made from papier mache (as … Continue reading

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Red Bull F1 build a car

A few days ago we blogged about the revival of custom built bicycles.  And there is the same approach to building Formula 1 racing cars – as this video from Red Bull demonstrates.  It’s just a bit more high tech….

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