It was a clean sweep for Nolimit, the largest fashion retail chain in Sri Lanka, at the recently concluded JASTECA Taiki Akimoto 5S Awards Ceremony 2014 as it could walk away with the most number of awards totalling up to 12 with three main awards, five merit awards and four Certificates-of-Compliance.
Nolimit pitched all its chain outlets – 20 in number – for this year’s competition to vie with other such organisations and institutions that practice 5S and Kaizen in Sri Lanka. After a strict evaluation process entailing several rounds of audit by an eminent panel of judges including experts from Japan, Nolimit reached the zenith by outperforming other contenders who made to the final round.
Nolimit Kurunegala came on top to bag the award for the first runner-up, while Nolimit Kegalle gave a close competition to secure the second runner-up position this year. Nolimit Kurunegala resonated its name twice in the audience by winning the Trade-and-Services-Sector (Medium) Award this year.
In addition, Nolimit Kandy, Ratnapura, Maharagama, Borella and Wellawatte outlets received merit awards as recognition of their 5S practices while Nolimit Negombo, Dehiwala, Nugegoda and Glitz Mount Lavinia also came to the fore with the Certificates-of-Compliance.
Commenting on the great achievement, Nolimit Senior Executive Training and Development N. Rawoof Zaid said, “This achievement is significant to Nolimit as we received the most number of awards at the ceremony this year. We will continue to nurture 5S culture across all our outlets in the future as well since it immensely helped us to better our performance in many ways.
This landmark achievement was only possible due to the sheer commitment of our 5S committee and the employees in carrying forward the good 5S practices right across our outlets. We want to set an example to the other organisations as well on how they can reach business success by adopting 5S to ensure effective and efficient management of resources, processes and procedures.”
Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA) is a not-for-profit service organisation established in 1984 with a vision to becoming the leading association in Sri Lanka in promoting human resource development and transfer of technology. It commenced the 5S competition in 1996 aiming to implement and develop 5S practices across institutions and industries in the island.
JASTECA accepted entries under three main categories this time based on the staff strength of the organisations – small, medium and large – and evaluated their performance on KPI as well as CSR in addition to the improvements shown in adopting 5S.
Nolimit adopted 5S practices to its work place and outlets in the year 2000 with a view to minimizing wastage by managing resources efficiently and effectiveness. As a result, Nolimit could, over the years, drastically cut unwanted costs by harnessing self-discipline amongst its workforce to manage workplace clutter, workplace hygiene and cleanliness and attending to customers with least possible delay to ensure customer convenience and satisfaction.
At present, all Nolimit, Glitz, and Pallu outlets practice 5s with an ultimate objective of giving a better shopping experience to its customers. Nolimit was recognised for its 5S efforts in 2012 and 2013 as well with many awards including Silver award, Sector awards and Merit awards leading up to a successful ending this year to become the organisation winning the most number of awards at JASTECA 5S Awards Ceremony 2014.