“Cost Containment”

Rubbermaid said: Implement a best practices model that yields 5% -10% cost reduction in the next two years.
Scott Sheldon engineers said: We can do that.

Project background

Rubbermaid initiated a project to standardize warehouse management operations across eight of its North American locations. In addition to the system, Rubbermaid wanted to establish new business processes based on best practices that would reduce inventory and lower operating costs.
The expected ROI was a 5-10% reduction in supply chain spend over a two year timeframe. Rubbermaid sought a provider that offered both outside expertise and a high degree of flexibility in order to meet the demands of the aggressive timeline developed to align with a corporate implementation of SAP.

The “ah-ha” moment

Our initial investigation, consisting of interviews and a systems audit, revealed a lack of common processes and metrics across sites and the need for global design services.


Scott Sheldon leveraged their global design methodology to identify improvement levers, manage the overall program and accommodate the aggressive time line. Our global design methodology streamlines implementation as it sets and enforces standard operating procedures, system configurations, metric measurement and financial reporting.

Our supply chain engineering team managed all program planning, systems design, implementation, support, and program/project management efforts. This included the setup of a program team, executive level communications, budget management, change management processes and risk management. Additional responsibilities included the integration of various sortation systems and the implementation of an integrated RFID solution.


Rubbermaid’s project was successfully completed in 28 months and exceeded the expected benefits. Each location documented productivity improvements over 10%, helping to align Scott Sheldon as a long term partner.

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