What sealed the deal for me was that Garmin makes it easier for people to enjoy the hobbies they love. Whether it is aviation, boating, traveling, or fitness, Garmin has a product to support what you do for fun, and the culture at Garmin directly reflects that, it's always positive and it’s always fun!
— Don Schmidt, industrial engineer intern
Q: What departments are included under Operations?
A: Process and Product Quality, Global Transportation and International Trade Compliance, Manufacturing and Lean Processes, Distribution and Logistics, Global Supply Planning and Execution, Sourcing and Supply Chain, and Sales and Operations Planning.
Q: Are all of Garmin’s products manufactured overseas?
A: No, Garmin Olathe has a manufacturing facility for many of our aviation related products.
Q: How many countries does Garmin manage International Trade Compliance?
A: Garmin manages imports, exports and supply chain security in more than 20 countries.
Q: How do you ensure products will perform well?
A: All Garmin-designed products go through highly accelerated life tests during the development process to help make them perform well over years of use.
Q: How important is quality and customer accuracy to Garmin?
A: Garmin Quality Assurance audits outbound shipments of all kinds of Garmin products to assure that customers get what they want/order. year, 99.9 percent of the orders audited were correct.
Garmin Receiving Inspection audited and accepted 97.7 percent of product received from suppliers in 2010.
Q: If you were to stack the products sold by Garmin in 2010 end-to-end, how far would they reach?
A: They would reach from Olathe, Kansas, to Miami, Florida
Q: Does Garmin have a warehouse?
A: Yes, Garmin’s sole North American Distribution center is located in Olathe, Kansas.
Q: How large is Garmin’s warehouse?
A: Garmin’s warehouse is a little too short for a 747 to fit inside, but if we cut the tail a little bit it would almost fit. However, we could play a few games of football.
Q: Do you have conveyor systems in your warehouse?
A: Yes, we have more than 1.62 mi of conveyors.
Q: How large is Garmin’s warehouse inventory?
A: We carry more than 4,400 different parts.
Q: How many pounds of paper and cardboard does Garmin recycle?
A: In 2008, Garmin (Olathe Headquarters) collected 156,000 lbs. In 2009, Garmin collected 324,000 lbs, and in 2010, Garmin collected 636,000 lbs.
Q: Is Garmin’ environmental management system ISO-certified?
A: Yes, Garmin received ISO 14001 certification in 2010.
Q: How much has our lean initiatives saved throughout the past year?
A: We have saved 150 miles of unnecessary walking, saving $1.5 million in efficiency due to these initiatives.
Q: In 2010, how many lean operations events occurred at Garmin?
A: Through 2010, we trained 651 people, completed 574 lean projects and had 464 participants.
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