With one of the world’s most recognized brands and a wide portfolio of products, adidas Group is a global powerhouse in sporting equipment, footwear, apparel and more. As technologies and consumer tastes change, managing a complex product mix and with high quality, low cost and rapid delivery becomes even more difficult. When Pivotal was first brought on board, a major acquisition — Reebok — had put significant pressure on the business. To address these challenges, the organization implemented a global Lean 6 Sigma program. Working with executives, Pivotal developed a customized training curriculum and provided training and coaching for teams across the globe with native language support in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Our flexibility and expertise led to a decades-long relationship with Pivotal providing ongoing advice and support as the business grew and was forced to adapt to new challenges. Through it all, Lean 6 Sigma has remained at the forefront as one of adidas’ key strategies for continued success.
Lean efforts have improved overall factory performance in terms of delivery, quality, and cost. The organization continues to invest in and support the use of Lean and Lean 6 Sigma methods to increase market share, expand into new markets, react to changing demands and maintain strong profit margins.