Lean Six Sigma

The Lean Six Sigma method is the common theme throughout the business operation of Oldenburger|Fritom. In other words, our logistic management is focused on the needs of you as our customer. This is expressed in our pursuit for operational excellence and continuous improvement.

About the Lean Six Sigma method

The Six Sigma management philosophy can be traced back to 1986 when Motorola wanted to compete with the Japanese Kaizen business model in the United States of America. The management philosophy was shared by Motorola with AlliedSignal, then later, Honeywell. AlliedSignal in its turn used Six Sigma to get the company out of its negative spiral.

This didn’t go unnoticed by Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric at the time. In 1995 he applied Six Sigma very successfully to his company. The Lean Six Sigma concept was then introduced in a book for the very first time: ‘Leaning into Six Sigma: The Path to Integration of Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma’ (2001).

DMAIC model

In Lean Six Sigma two improvement methods are combined. Lean offers tools mainly based on best practices. Six Sigma offers a project-based approach with quantitative analyzes. Together they are used to improve and innovate processes in a systematical manner. Structured according to the DMAIC model:

  • Define
  • Measure
  • Analyze
  • Improve
  • Control

During the first stage CTQs (Critical To Quality) are defined to provide insight in the Six Sigma process performance. Based on this, influencing elements are analyzed. As soon as these have been identified, actions can be taken to improve performance, according to the Lean Six Sigma method.


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Training and belt certification

In lean logistics we continuously strive to improve and innovate. That’s why multiple of our employees in our logistic knowledge organization followed a Lean Six Sigma training. These trainings have a belt certification:

  • Master Black Belt
  • Black Belt
  • Green Belt
  • Orange Belt
  • Yellow Belt

The Master Black Belt is the Lean in-house expert at Oldenburger|Fritom. He guides our organization in the methodology and develops and provides trainings for this. Our knowledge organization also has Yellow Belts, Orange Belts and employees who successfully completed the Black Belt and Green Belt training. The Black Belts and Green Belts, like our Lean Master, independently guide improvement processes.

Your logistic process according to the Lean Six Sigma method?

Frans Andeweg is General Affairs and Supply Chain Manager at global logistics provider Oldenburger|Fritom in Veendam.

Frans Andeweg
General Affairs and Supply Chain Manager

About Oldenburger|Fritom


Veendam (NL) | Emmen (NL) | Schiphol-Rijk (NL) |Tatabánya (HU) | Bergamo (IT)

Certification Oldenburger|Fritom

Global logistics provider Oldenburger|Fritom is IATA member.
The distribution centers of Oldenburger|Fritom in Veendam are certified according to BREEAM Outstanding and BREEAM Excellent.
Oldenburger|Fritom has the AEO-C status for customs simplification and the AEO-S status for security and safety.
Oldenburger|Fritom in Veendam is certified according to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 22000 en ISO 45001.
Oldenburger|Fritom is certified according to level 4 of the CSR performance ladder.
Employees of Oldenburger|Fritom are Lean Six Sigma certified as Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt.
Global logistics provider Oldenburger|Fritom in Veendam is certified according to both ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000.
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Global logistics provider Oldenburger|Fritom in Veendam is certified according to the Lean and Green Star.