When trying to avoid waste in your supply chain, it’s all about location, location, location.
The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous.
Companies are seeking data to help them understand their supply chain networks, and strategic enterprise partners are providing the needed information to them through logistics.
Whirlpool is taking a page out of its Lean production manual and following Penske’s lead to create a more flexible and responsive North American supply chain.
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.
Companies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.
Before choosing enterprise solutions, companies should conduct intensive requirements research.
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Retailers can identify and eliminate waste from their retail strategy, merchandise management, and store operations.
With Lean tools and processes, companies can reduce waste in their supply chain operations.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
Successful continuous improvement initiatives require focusing on achievable goals.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Managing reverse logistics with a Lean outlook can not only improve profitability, but also add value for customers.
Building strong teams can facilitate Lean initiatives in warehouses and supply chain operations.
Apply Lean concepts to eliminate product defects and operator errors in supply chain and logistics operations.
Shippers and 3PLs have applied lean principles to remove waste from their operations and improve performance.
Demand-driven logistics practices are a perfect focal point to integrate green strategies with Lean methodologies.
Value-added warehouse processes such as kitting and assembling may be introducing overprocessing waste into your supply chain.
Producing or purchasing too much inventory leads to waste and carrying costs. Companies can apply the Lean principle of Takt time to ensure the right level of product is on hand to meet customer needs.
The Lean Supply Chain is a system of interconnected and interdependent forces that operate in unison to accomplish overarching supply chain objectives, writes Robert Martichenko of LeanCor Supply Chain Group.
Identify the sources of delay to reduce the time workers spend waiting for instructions and supplies. Lean tools such as Kanban and Total Productive Maintenance can help, writes Paul A. Myerson.
Lean concepts such as 5S, Visual Workplace, and Kanban help reduce motion waste to create safer, more efficient workplaces.
Eliminating unnecessary movements in warehousing operations goes a long way toward improving your supply chain’s Lean profile.
Applying lean principles to materials handling equipment purchases and configurations helps companies cut costs, writes Robert Arndt, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Applying lean manufacturing principles to supply chain and logistics operations can help businesses reduce costs and gain efficiencies, writes Paul A. Myerson of LPA, LLC.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
Forward-thinking organizations are pursuing lean assessments to evaluate their supply chain, combined with innovative lean solutions to help them design the future state of their value stream, writes Eric Lail of Transportation Insight.
Buck Knives’ lean integration has allowed the company to sharpen efficiencies in its manufacturing operation, increase output, and pull back production from China.
Charlie Jacobs of APL Logistics explains the cost savings and efficiency benefits of implementing lean practices, as demonstrated by three warehousing case studies.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
A lean manufacturing value chain sometimes carries the risk of falling behind demand, as John Deere discovered, but the alternative can be worse, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.