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Global Productivity Solutions Providing Expertise to City of Detroit for "Project Lean" Initiative

Local Productivity Experts Helping Optimize City Departments

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 06/03/14 -- Global Productivity Solutions (GPS), an industry leader in productivity improvement and business turnaround, is playing a key part in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's "Project Lean" initiative, announced today by GPS CEO Aimée Cowher. The Mayor's initiative calls on area business leaders to showcase their expertise with city officials with the goal of improving management principles and enhancing city services.

GPS is leading the project to improve the city's Purchasing processes. Working closely with city employees, GPS is measuring and analyzing procedures and protocols in order to provide detailed recommendations by a mid-July deadline put forth by the Mayor. Upon thorough review, GPS professionals plan to implement obvious, logical changes within this timeframe that will improve efficiencies. These types of immediate improvements are often called 'low-hanging fruit' but there is usually more that can be realized. GPS will also recommend additional data-driven solutions that may require executive review or approval and a longer time to implement. GPS is committed to seeing the project to completion.

"This is a significant engagement because the results will impact all departments and functions for the city of Detroit," said Cowher. "GPS is honored to assist the Mayor with this initiative, where the ultimate goal is to better serve customers, simplify work for employees and deliver the best value to the city. Mayor Duggan has assured city employees that this effort will not eliminate any jobs, which is completely consistent with how GPS works with all its clients."

Founded in 2000, GPS provides rapid results for government entities and various public and private companies trying to increase productivity and improve operating margins. Directly engaging with government leaders or company management, GPS has successfully delivered significant financial results within 90 days that creates a self-funding plan to execute a long-term business improvement strategy.

Project Lean is focusing on eight city of Detroit departments. Local business experts are analyzing each department and providing recommendations to utilize lean process and management principles to improve city services. Lean process improvement is a set of tools used by many industries to remove waste and increase efficiency while improving the value and quality of the service or product provided.

"Utilizing Lean tools requires employee's engagement in the improvement effort because they are the experts and know where to look for the sources of waste. GPS is helping to identify and implement those solutions by bringing our expertise and experience to affect change," added Cowher. "We look forward to implementing immediate solutions and providing further recommendations to Mayor Duggan and his team."

About Global Productivity Solutions

Global Productivity Solutions (GPS) is an industry leader in productivity improvement across the supply chain. GPS delivers rapid results sustained by a long-term business improvement strategy. GPS has a unique approach to pursue Operational Excellence® through its 10/90 Challenge. With multilingual capability and global locations, GPS serves small cap companies to Fortune 500 companies including food and consumer products, automotive, chemical and other industry sectors, energy, health care, government services and private equity.

For more information on GPS, visit www.globalproductivitysolutions.com or call 855-GPS-1090.

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