Nothing works if you don’t stock up. Whether you’re talking about your fridge at home or in a company – certain things need to be kept in stock. The art is in making sure you don’t stock up too much, but not too little either. At home, this may mean that your stomach ends up rumbling, while companies may suffer from slow processes or high storage costs and tied-up capital.
At Volkswagen, a cross-sectional efficiency campaign looks after this “working capital”. The project is looking for ways to improve the use of working capital (e.g. warehouse stocks) at the Volkswagen brand. “Since last fall, we have been researching improvement measures for the areas of Production, Vehicle Construction, Components, Sales and Genuine Parts that are worth several million euros” says Project Manager Ralph Sawalsky.
An example of a measure that has already been successfully implemented is reducing the use of mobility vehicles. The term “mobility vehicles” refers to any vehicle used to complete a specific task: mail vans, the vehicles used by Plant Security, staff shuttles, as well as all departmental vehicles.