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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

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


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.

Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

Supply Chain Shaman

Our goal is to build a guiding coalition to think differently to improve outcomes. Today only 12% of supply chain teams are driving improvement, performing better than their competitors and driving value (as determined by Price to Tangible Book Value). As It cannot be about incremental improvement. What does it take? The consensus is process innovation. Getting Started.

Understanding Yard Management Systems

These SMBs are seeking to improve the control, scheduling, and tracking. Many of these firms are interested in improving the management of in transit inbound inventory that is approaching their distribution center from vendors or other warehouse/production sites. Companies are increasingly using YMS to improve inventory visibility for the purchasing department. WHITE PAPER.

Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution succeed without 100% reliable technical data?

Manufacturing Transformation

Continuous data improvement. But with that in place, enterprises should be able to take a gradual approach with clear business objectives that reflect the constraints on data quality, while using actual data collected from Fourth Industrial Revolution devices to improve planning data in the long term. Continuous Improvement Manufacturing continuous improvement industry 4.0

Lean Management Part 2: Continuous Improvement

Manufacturing Transformation

In my last blog post , I wrote about how visibility into real-time manufacturing intelligence can let management improve and enhance Lean programs. This improvement can be accomplished with access to real-time production information, ideally aggregated from across the enterprise. But certain elements of management could be measured and improved. think the answer is yes.

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?

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

Manufacturing Transformation and the People Challenge

Manufacturing Transformation

Other improvements can be tied to tracking and synchronizing material flows between facilities, warehouses, and suppliers. Achieving a more robust approach to compliance with complete traceability data that can be recorded at every step in the process is another big improvement that can now be done far more cost effectively. The first challenge on the list? Finding good people.”.

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.

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.

Continuous Improvement Training: The Current State of Mind


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.”

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 […].

Five Key Elements that Drive Manufacturing Flow


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.

Is Data the New King of Manufacturing Technology?

Manufacturing Transformation

With the power of big data analytics, a manufacturer could mine vast amounts of production and customer data, identify markets, improve processes, and even drive product or process redesign. If you liked this article, here are others you might also find interesting: What is Your Plan to Improve Data Access & Analysis? major disruption is underway, and it’s all about the data.

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

Talking Logistics

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


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.

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.

The Invaluable Nature of Invisible Data

Manufacturing Transformation

good first step is to avoid the need for skilled data scientists to be part of the process involved with establishing, maintaining and continuously improving business processes. Improvements are dependent on whether businesses can keep up with the evolution of the business or manufacturing intelligence systems and welcome new approaches. How can all this data now be understood?

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6 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Manufacturing Intelligence Vendor

Manufacturing Transformation

If this core competency can’t be consistently executed, significant risk exists at continued viability and survival. They must be carefully examined, modified and continuously improved over time. Those responsible for maintaining production throughput understand that systems must be put in place to ensure continued performance.

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 […].

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.

In Medical Device Manufacturing, Smaller Companies Have Big Advantages

Manufacturing Transformation

Specifically, broad spectrum changes to adhere to new compliance policy updates, or the regulatory approvals associated with a change of product or new improvement can be quite substantial within your existing “legacy” IT structures. The larger a company, the more complex and difficult it is to document and comply with all the related changes of a process improvement.

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?

A Lean Approach to Management

Manufacturing Transformation

Leverage manufacturing intelligence to gain insights on how to improve the management process. Consider a global manufacturer that has practiced continuous improvement for a decade. For enterprises that are serious about continuous improvement, it would seem that manufacturing intelligence for managers is a necessary step. That neglected area?

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Manufacturing Execution Systems – the Investment That Keeps on Giving

Manufacturing Transformation

Improved quality. Potential benefits 12-36 months from implementation: Process improvements. Improved asset utilization. It is up to you to enable it to transform your business for the better in a continuous improvement philosophy! How much Return on Investment (ROI) should you expect from implementing a Manufacturing Execution System ? 5x investment?

Global Traceability Part 2: Harnessing the Power of Big Data

Manufacturing Transformation

That information can then be used in many different ways to improve operations or resolve seemingly unrelated challenges. The following examples of business improvement were all based on what happens when a global traceability solution is put in place. Detailed histories and genealogies from past launches can be the basis for continuous improvement. Conclusion.

The Biggest Obstacles to Making Manufacturing Leaner

Manufacturing Transformation

By reducing waste from operations, implementing Lean manufacturing steps into your business can improve your profitability. Resources include Six Sigma or Kaizen training, software and IT systems, and a budget to identify and embrace process improvement. From Just-in-Time systems to reduce inventory to the efficient use of energy, all aspects of production can be improved.

5 Market Pressures Driving Need for Real-time Operational Visibility

Manufacturing Transformation

Combined, these two forces have created considerable complexity for manufacturers seeking to improve efficiency, performance and operational excellence. IDC Manufacturing Insights wrote a whitepaper entitled: “ Improve Decision Making with Enterprise Visibility – Executive Access to Global Manufacturing Intelligence is the Key ” where this transformation was described.

Do Manufacturers Need a New IIoT Platform?

Manufacturing Transformation

At a high level, I would propose the Industrial Internet of Things is all about collecting data, automating responses, converting that data into intelligence and then using the knowledge that ensues to streamline decision support, support continuous process improvement to enable sustained operational excellence. It can also help drive continuous improvement on a global scale.

Learnings from the Manufacturing Analytics Innovation Summit

Manufacturing Transformation

One of the challenges we all face is how to continue to hone our craft. During this event I heard 20+ speakers explain how they are using various forms of data to extract intelligence for process improvement, accelerated innovation and improved efficiency. How do you get better at what you do, stay current with new industry best practices, or the latest innovation?

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 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.

Real-time Operation Optimization: A New Reality?

Manufacturing Transformation

The goal in manufacturing these days is to synchronize production with demand to reduce waste and inventory and improve efficiency. You Can’t Have Performance Improvement without Measurement. Q&A: The Benefits of Integrating Maintenance Management with Quality Intelligence. Optimizing shop floor schedules has long been the Holy Grail of manufacturing.

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.

The 4th Industrial Revolution and the human touch: Why we need people in the loop

Manufacturing Transformation

More rapid and continuous improvement cycle. It is also good at producing data that can help reveal where improvements are needed. But at the end of the day, data is static and unable to enact any improvements. March 12, 2016 was a landmark in human history. Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence has beaten Lee Sedol, the world champion in the game of Go.

In A&D Manufacturing, Details Make all the Difference

Manufacturing Transformation

Continuous Improvement Compounds Complexity. Making matters worse, manufacturers continue to seek ways to improve operational excellence. So, processes are constantly being evaluated and potentially improving, adding new challenges. “Details create the big picture.” ” Sanford I. Weill. Details can make or break your business. Let me explain.

7 Ways Manufacturers can Improve Responsiveness to a Natural Disaster

Manufacturing Transformation

Here are some broad guidelines to improve your preparedness should you face a natural disaster: Have different plans prepared for different types of emergencies: Different disruptions will present different levels of impact on your surrounding community, other businesses, and emergency response teams, so be sure you plan accordingly.