Entries by Richard Shipperbottom

3 tips for making big improvements in productivity

Richard Shipperbottom, founder of industry specialists Applied Acumen draws upon vast experience of improving productivity in the food and drink sector over the last twenty years to give us 3 tips for improving productivity. How many will you implement? 1. Challenge your standards – independently! Quite obvious, and every good factory manager does this, but […]

3 tips for making big improvements in distribution

Richard Shipperbottom, founder of industry specialists Applied Acumen draws upon vast experience of improving distribution operations over the last twenty years to give us 3 tips for making big improvement. How many will you implement?  1        Get the basics right! How many vehicles does your company have? Seriously, it might make you laugh, but it […]

Beat Food Inflation

With material price inflation now regularly making headlines, the Supermarkets have staked their intent very clearly: suppliers are largely expected to suck it up. Richard Shipperbottom, founder of industry specialists Applied Acumen draws upon vast experience of reducing material costs in the food and drink sector over the last twenty years to give us 3 […]

A new dawn: Engineers are needed more than ever, but not in the ways you might think

Periodically we hear clamour for more engineers in this country, and a near continuous lament from all sides of industry for a lack of skills; that nefarious catch-all phrase “skills”, and concurrently images of James Dyson and Trevor Baylis are somehow conjured in the mind, a perception of successful modern engineering success forever burned into […]

To “blerone”

To “blerone”, verb. Not many people know, but this is a verb with a variety of different and interesting meanings: To make a foolish error with chocolate. Ex. “I’m afraid, Greg, that your eagerness to eat that choccy pudding is misplaced, as it looks bleroned to me; there’s only half the right amount in it.” […]