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Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management

Talking Logistics

In this concluding episode, led by Bill Madden, Director of Managed Services at LeanLogistics , we will discuss how to drive continuous improvement in transportation management. Watch as we discuss: How to identify and prioritize continuous improvement opportunities. The post Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Transportation Management Transportation Management Systems Upcoming Episodes continuous improvement LeanLogistics managed services TMS transportation management

Supply Chain Design: Insights from CHEP’s Journey to Continuous Improvement

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One of my predictions from a couple of years ago was that more companies would treat Supply Chain Design as a continuous business process instead of a standalone project or a once-a-year exercise. Therefore, about a year ago, CHEP began taking a more iterative and continuous approach to supply chain design. “One is connectivity with the business, which we call the business link.

How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve?

Cerasis

Supply chain leaders must be ready to implement big data and leverage it to improve their companies without any delay or inhibition This may sound impossible and frightening, but they must only understand how big always goes back to these two, simple principles of measurement, review, and action. But the possibilities for continuously improving. Increasing order efficiency.

Put on Your “There Has to Be a Better Way” Glasses: Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management

Talking Logistics

Everybody agrees that driving continuous improvement is important, especially in transportation management, but in many cases, companies are so consumed with their day-to-day activities that it’s difficult for them to find the time for it. Continuous improvement has to be embedded in your company’s culture,” Bill added. The post Put on Your “There Has to Be a Better Way” Glasses: Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. How can companies overcome this hurdle?

Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement

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Non-value added items should be removed from these processes to ensure there are optimal opportunities for flow through these improvements. Without this direction, processes will continue to break down and waste will build if not monitored. As processes are continuously refined and improved and the material flow begins to become quicker, several items will take shape.

6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement

Cerasis

We continue our series on strategic shipping by going into detail of the 10 main areas that shippers can turn to in order to have a strategic logistics and transportation management mindset. Today we will go into detail on using the available data created in the processing of shipments  within transportation management and other related logistics management for continuous improvement. . Benefits of Using the Right Data in Logistics & Transportation Management for Continuous Improvement. Shipping processes revolve around a million-trucks-worth of data.

The “5 Whys” Technique: Questions for Supply Chain Executives to Ask

Talking Logistics

On my flight home yesterday, I recalled the 5 Whys technique and wondered if there were a set of Why questions supply chain and logistics should ask themselves to solve long-existing problems and drive continuous improvement. Just for Fun Leadership Development 5 Whys Technique continuous improvement logistics supply chain supply chain talent supply chain visibility

Collaboration Community Continuous Improvement

Supply Chain Expert Community

The consumer collaboration community implementation and maintenance process and procedures provide an excellent model and challenge for a continuous improvement support model. The model that supports this and ensures engagement of the community members is the continuous improvement model. It will be important for the success and ability to attain and maintain participation, retention and value for all members of this community that the community continuously improve to grow. How can you focus these abilities to improve the consumer's experience?

Five Key Elements that Drive Manufacturing Flow

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Continuous improvement – use the first two Elements as a baseline for defining areas for continuous improvement – and never get complacent. On their own, each of these Elements would likely improve production flow. Our position is that by working these Elements together, you take a demand-driven leap in overall flow improvement. years.

5 Easy-to-Use Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

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Continuous checks on compliance. Gaurav leads a team of consultants and engineers to proactively help clients to enhance their supply chain performance through innovative solutions including process improvements and technology development. Robinson continuous improvement Gaurav Karker logistics metrics supply chainIs the current performance of your supply chain network optimal? How do you gauge network performance, which numbers are important to you and what do they mean? You don’t have to be a data scientist to answer questions like these. Robinson.

Smooth the rough spots with TOC, then Lean – and fine-tune with Six Sigma

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Here we are at the final installment of our four-part, Sandpaper blog series about when to use the tools of Lean Manufacturing, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Six Sigma to address constraints, drive flow and promote continuous improvement. There are some improvement metrics that in my opinion, are based on funny numbers. What Grade of Sandpaper Will You Use? Part Four.

Commerce 2.0 Continuous Improvement

Supply Chain Expert Community

Supply chain continuous improvement is a natural by-product of the change from a command and control practice to a collaborative, trust and review, practice. The practice of collaboration itself is the baseline practice of continuous improvement. Collaboration and continuous improvement are opposite sides of the same coin and people that embrace collaboration must take the next step of the continuous improvement methods and practices in order to meet the challenges and demands of modern consumer shopping.

Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs

Talking Logistics

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) thrives on the notion that there is always room for improvement, and it looks to eliminate defects that can hinder the flow of a process from moving toward its performance end goal. The question to pose instead is “How can we improve?” to prevent future challenges. Continuous Improvement from the Bottom Up. Where MDI and LSS Meet.

Consumer Chain Continuous Improvement

Supply Chain Expert Community

The consumer chain provides a very functional model for a collbarotative continuous improvement framework that integrates the consumer feedback from the both the community and the eCommerce channel into a functional framework. The retailer will continue to realize the benefits as long as they maintain this cycle and encourage the consumer participation.

Continuous Improvement Training: The Current State of Mind

LeanCor

As a team member in our organization focused on the training and development of our operations team members, I have had the opportunity to lead several sessions focused on problem solving and continuous improvement training. We have to ask ourselves: “What are we improving upon?” By: Clint McCrystal – Training and Development Manager. link]. Maybe watching “Kung Fu Panda.”

5 Predictive & Immersive Logistics Tech Trends Driving Continual Improvement

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Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post 5 Predictive & Immersive Logistics Tech Trends Driving Continual Improvement appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. The coming year is set to reshape how the logistics tech industry operates. Automation and robotics are leading the charge, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is adding to the mountain of data being collected and analyzed for insights and better operations. Logistics Tech Will Become Data-Driven. There was a time when logistics was simple shipping processes. Consider this example.

Continuous Improvement, Procurement and Logistics

Logistics Viewpoints

I spoke to Carl Fowler, the Vice President of North American Sales and Engineering at Menlo Logistics, on the topic of continuous improvement and procuring warehousing services. Carl Fowler The question I had in mind was this, suppose you know that your warehousing operations were not what they should be and you wanted a 3PL […].

Downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry: An Opportunity for Supply Chain Improvements

Talking Logistics

Some companies respond to downturns by cutting costs and taking other short-term actions to simply weather the storm, while others view a downturn as a catalyst for change — that is, as an opportunity to make supply chain improvements that will pay dividends not only in the near term, but for years to come. The post Downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry: An Opportunity for Supply Chain Improvements appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Robinson continuous improvement Kent Stuart Oil and Gas transportation managementThe U.S.

3PLs Focus on Continuous Improvement Programs to Improve Warehouse Performance

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve recently completed a survey titled Warehouse Performance Improvement.  I had two key partners, DC Velocity and eft (eyefortransport). An executive summary of the overall results will be published in DC Velocity in May.  DC Velocity’s summary will mostly focus on what shippers can do to improve performance. I’ve just started the analysis, but in […].

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

The Logistics of Logistics

White Paper: The Essential Guide to LTL Shipping Improvement: Action Plan and Metrics for Rapid Transformation. Process is the first step in continuous improvement.  Habit 6 – Continuous Improvement. The best 3PLs never stop learning and improving.  Highly effective 3PLs have developed the right habits, culture and processes to deliver excellent service to their clients.  Innovation and new technology are obviously important, but when evaluating a 3PL, go with the one that excels at blocking and tackling. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs.

Getting Smart on Transportation: The Role of Market Intelligence in Procurement and Continuous Improvement

Talking Logistics

Leveraging market intelligence is not only important during a procurement engagement, it’s also critical for identifying and executing continuous improvement opportunities. What type of continuous improvement opportunities can market intelligence enable? The post Getting Smart on Transportation: The Role of Market Intelligence in Procurement and Continuous Improvement appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Live Episode: Thursday, September 10, 2015. But what kind of quantitative and qualitative information is important to have?

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

The Logistics of Logistics

Every industry seems to have its silver bullet for creating improvement. My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. With that being said I’d like to share my thoughts on what causes some improvement efforts to succeed and others to fail. Implementing Improvement Initiatives. 1.    A transformational idea requires transformation. Their improvements were a remix. This is a basic principle of improvement. If you wince at the words, you’re not ready for ANY major improvement exercise.

Don’t Confuse Excellence with Perfection

Talking Logistics

Excellence almost always falls short of perfection, and it’s that gap that motivates us to improve, that inspires us to innovate, that humbles us and strengthens our character. Business Advice Life Stories Apple Apple Watch continuous improvement early field failure analysis EFFA iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Lexus Little League This past spring, however, I confronted the “Why not perfection?” Why not perfection? Don’t confuse excellence with perfection,” I told my son, words of advice that I repeat to myself tonight. Their task won’t end when the phone goes on sale.

Building a Bridge to Continuous Improvement

Inbound Logistics

Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Modern Marketer

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Manufacturing.net noted that 77% of manufacturers polled view improvements in services as a key competitive factor. Information that will improve workflow, pre-empt issues, lend focus to continuous improvement efforts and more? For example, we have service plans that build continuous improvement processes into the implementation plan. On Board Early.

Why Change is So Hard, The Parallels of Ironman Training to Corporate Continuous Improvement

Supply Chain Expert Community

I interviewed Constance Korol who discussed Why Change is So Hard, The Parallels of Ironman Training to Corporate Continuous Improvement. Also, you’re going to provide an interesting parallel with Iron Man training, and this is in regard to corporate continuous improvement. It sort of is the same thing with continuous improvement at companies.

The Problem with “No Problems”

Talking Logistics

This illustrates a key management lesson that is especially applicable in warehouse optimization: if no problems are being reported, then no improvements of efficiency are being made. Warehouse optimization is all about continually improving efficiency; a turnback is anything that causes a deviation from the established system. Implementing Change: Learning from your experience by implementing sustainable improvements. In a true Lean warehouse, reporting problems is seen as a good thing — an opportunity for improvement and an important part of warehouse optimization.

Continuous Sense And Respond

Supply Chain Expert Community

In order to be successful and deliver value for both your consumer community members and also your extended partners you must institutionalize a continuous process of analysis and response to the demands of consumer community members and your extended partners. The level of change and the level of integration in this framework is so great that your framework and your process must flexible and robust enough to withstand the continuous impact of the change being pushed from all directions. What makes this process continuous?

Using TOC, Lean and Six Sigma to Become More Demand-Driven

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have watched TOC solutions work exceedingly well in manufacturing, scheduling, replenishment, and project management for continuous improvements that truly revolutionize environments.  However, to get to that next level of improvement, we need to start using our Lean Tools. There is often a problem with how improvement results are measured.  Kaizen. Costly mistakes.

Collaboration Sense And Respond

Supply Chain Expert Community

This is where the sense and respond continuous improvement process and practice comes into play to support your needs. The change or improvement resulting from the decision should be monitored and you must be prepared to evaluate and adjust the change quickly. This is all supported through the sense and respond continuous improvement process. How can you focus these abilities to improve the consumer's experience? How can you support these continuously changing requirements?

Changing the Supply Chain Success Odds in Your Favor

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We would be delighted to help you improve your odds of success , while liberating cash and increasing your ROI at the same time. success supply chain management continuous improvement ddmrp ongoing improvement strategic cfo demand-driven planning moneyball blackjack odds“Every at-bat is like a game of blackjack. Every card that’s dealt changes the odds.”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers

The Logistics of Logistics

First, the routine, day to day shipping is improved through good written and verbal communication.  Secondly, a lot of improvements are discovered through conversations between shipper and logistics pro.  Great shippers know that measuring performance is only the first step; driving improved performance is the ultimate goal. 5. Processes also enable cross training and continuous improvement.  Good data will provide great insights for future actions to improve shipping. 7. Continuous improvement. Highly Effective Shippers. Process oriented.

Sense And Respond Decisions

Supply Chain Expert Community

How can you focus these abilities to improve the consumer's experience? Improving the consumer’s experience will require a re-evaluation of the sales channels, the manufacturing channels and practices and the supply chain channels and practices from the raw materials to the consumers’ homes. How can you support these continuously changing requirements? Sense and respond is a type of practice that guides and informs quick decision making that is a requirement of the consumer collaboration community.

Sense And Respond Input

Supply Chain Expert Community

Big data analysis practices this type of analysis based on the entirety of the data in order to improve the outcome of the analysis. The input of data must continuously be expanded in order to increase the value from the analysis and evaluations. You probably notice a theme in the continuous nature of expansion and evaluation, this is important because as your understanding and the impact of your consumer community expands you must expand the input that you collect to perform analytical evaluations. How can you focus these abilities to improve the consumer's experience?

Sense And Respond Framework

Supply Chain Expert Community

A successful and continuous sense and respond process requires a robust and flexible framework that supports and guides the sense and respond cycle. You must understand and take into account in your actions that the framework itself must be managed and maintained as a continuous improvement exercise in order to ensure the continued flexibility that supports the process and brings value to all partners. The improved analysis can be delivered through utilization of big data collection and analysis process that supports a robust and flexible process.

Extended Sense And Respond

Supply Chain Expert Community

How can you focus these abilities to improve the consumer's experience? Improving the consumer’s experience will require a re-evaluation of the sales channels, the manufacturing channels and practices and the supply chain channels and practices from the raw materials to the consumers’ homes. How can you support these continuously changing requirements? Sense and respond across your extended partner network that incorporates the demands and opportunities of both your consumer community and your extended partner network can be very complicated to manage.

Modern Metrics

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In the same way that marketing is leaning more on technology for decision-making data – and what to take action on to improve performance – more manufacturers are investing in technology to better serve their clients, elevate their competitive position and increase revenue. Focus on what you can take action on to improve. How Technology Has Changed What We Measure.

Continuous Improvement: Is Your 3PL Writing the Check?

Kane is Able

Continuous improvement is an important desire for users of 3PL services. In fact, lack of proactivity continues to come up on 3PL user surveys as an industry shortfall. Collaborative Distribution Continuous improvement CPG logistics Top 3PLs, and in fact most 3PLs, do a solid job establishing metrics and measuring progress against these metrics over time. But that record is inconsistent across providers. Some 3PLs are viewed as “counterpunchers.” read more.

Kane Is Able Enhances Its Continuous Improvement Program with 34 Six Sigma Graduates

Kane is Able

May 16, 2014 - Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc. KANE -- www.kaneisable.com ) today announced that 34 associates attained their Six Sigma Green Belt certification in early May from Villanova University, acknowledged as one of the premier Lean and Six Sigma education centers in the country. read more

Expansion Continuous Improvement Program = Growth????

Supply Chain Expert Community

Continuous-improvement programs alone won’t grow American manufacturing-finding new customers, finding new markets, and developing new products that your customers want and need. All of these programs lead us to believe in cost reduction, improve profitability and will make the company globally competitive. Their answer to that question was uncertainty.