Extending our levels of superiority, creating the financial flexibility to manage through increased external volatility, and an ongoing need to drive balanced top- and bottom-line growth requires productivity up and down the income statement and across the balance sheet.
We’re delivering significant cost and cash efficiency with many more opportunities ahead. We’re discovering lower-cost ways of working with fewer resources — today’s necessity giving rise to the productivity inventions of tomorrow. New digital tools are being brought to the forefront, providing another productivity driver — in our labs, in the office environment and on the factory floor.
Productivity is now as integral to our culture as innovation; it’s part of our DNA.
For example, our Product Supply organization has successfully leveraged automation solutions to fuel productivity and accelerate our journey toward an End-to-End Synchronized Supply Network. Investments like this have enabled significant savings over the past 10 years, with more ahead.
In Brand Building, data & analytics and digital technology are reinventing how we work. We’ve already seen significant savings in agency fees and production costs, with further savings ahead.
These are just two examples. Over the last 10 years, we’ve fully embedded a productivity mindset into our operations and activity system. It is part of our DNA; now as integral to our culture as innovation. Productivity work never ends and will remain a significant part of our focus.
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