A partnership between Toyota and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (EVSC) that takes aim at ensuring the collection and distribution of 14,000 netbooks (grades 6 through 12) runs as smoothly as the production lines at the automaker’s plant in Princeton.
Rick Cameron, chief operating officer for EVSC, pointed to some immediate improvements:
- Less time taken away from the classroom during the collection process. In the past, 30 students missed up to an hour of class time; now, that has been reduced to 12-and-a-half minutes – a 79 percent improvement.
- Drastic reduction in manpower, which saves money. Previously, 15 information technology employees gathered at each school to handle netbook returns, and teachers were responsible for checking in netbooks in homerooms. Today, five employees handle the same workload, plus only one information technology staff member is needed to answer technical questions. This frees up other IT staff to continue with the regular work of the school system.
- Standardized work. In the past, each school had its own method of collections and distribution. Today, as at each Toyota plant across the U.S., each school follows the same guidelines.
- Accurate inventory. Via a bar-code scanning process, each laptop is now accounted for in a much more accurate manner.