Productive Chains

Productive chains link suppliers and distributors to the value chain of a larger company, transferring technology to them and creating a more sustainable business.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The journalist Tatiana Gutierrez interviewed Leo Schlesinger, designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, for the newspaper La Nacion. The following is part of the interview:

Whats your initiative all about?
The company has forged ties with carpenters; they are trained in a number of areas relating to management and operations, which makes them more efficient and allows them to sell more and earn more.

This efficiency produces, for the company, 20% savings in expenses, which leads to, at the end the day, a 20% profit for carpenters.

How do you select companies for a productive chain?
The chosen companies should be formal, legal entities; these are given a package of training and technical and technological skills. Then you open a program group and provide individual training of about 29 hours in total, which improves the operation and teaches how to make it more profitable.

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