Working on continuous improvement, the road is not always easy. Much like farming, in order to be successful, there must be a strong foundation set in the soil, intentional and proper seeds planted, watering and cultivation of these seeds, then a process of weeding to fine tune it. At the end of this process, the blossomed flowers — or shall we say financial results — are evident.
Flores Isabelita knows this process all too well — in business and at the farmland.
Flores Isabelita is part of the Falcon Farms group, a fully integrated flower company with farms in Colombia and Ecuador and distribution centers in six US states, and a major player in the supply of flower bouquets into big retailers in the US.
The Colombian-based company was first exposed to the Lean 6 Sigma methodology with EPIC Consultants in 2016. For the past 4 years, Flores Isabelita has been in a "Lean 6 Sigma Continuous Improvement" journey. Their road wasn't easy, but success also doesn’t just fall from the sky.
With a 70% yield optimization of raw material (flowers) and an increase in production capacity of 60%, Flores Isabelita is paving the way to be the premier choice for the manufacturing of mixed bouquets in the US market.
This is their continuous improvement story as told by the Lead Facilitator, Anny Martinez Lopez.