Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management
JULY 16, 2015
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
Lean Management Part 2: Continuous Improvement
JULY 31, 2014
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.
Put on Your “There Has to Be a Better Way” Glasses: Driving Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
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?
Continuous Improvement, Procurement and Logistics
DECEMBER 8, 2014
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 […].
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.
3PLs Focus on Continuous Improvement Programs to Improve Warehouse Performance
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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 […].
Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement
DECEMBER 18, 2014
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.
The 4th Industrial Revolution and the human touch: Why we need people in the loop
AUGUST 2, 2016
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.
Getting Smart on Transportation: The Role of Market Intelligence in Procurement and Continuous Improvement
AUGUST 21, 2015
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?
Risk Management and Business Continuity: Improving Business Resiliency
Risk Management Monitor
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
But in order to implement and continuously manage this enterprise-wide model there is a critical need for closer integration of two typically distinct roles within the organization—business continuity management (BCM) and risk management. The business continuity plan included a strategy that automatically forwarded incoming calls to another facility outside the U.S. Tweet This!
What’s Missing From Your Manufacturing Processes?
MARCH 17, 2016
Creating a more streamlined and efficient manufacturing process can improve revenue, optimize worker productivity, increase operational agility and even reduce the overhead and operational costs for your company. Speaking with line staff and inviting employees to play an active role in the designing, updating, or improvement of a manufacturing process is often very beneficial.
The “5 Whys” Technique: Questions for Supply Chain Executives to Ask
OCTOBER 28, 2015
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
Panalpina Commits to Continuous Improvement
Logistics & Transportation
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
If you are looking for a 3PL to manage your warehousing, I believe you should be looking for a 3PL committed to continuous improvement. Your partner should be looking for ways to improve not just your warehouse operations, but your overall supply chain, including how you manufacture and deliver products
Manufacturing Transformation and the People Challenge
MAY 23, 2014
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.”.
Why Change is So Hard, The Parallels of Ironman Training to Corporate Continuous Improvement
Supply Chain Expert Community
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
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.
Collaboration Community Continuous Improvement
Supply Chain Expert Community
JULY 26, 2015
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
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
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.
Building a Bridge to Continuous Improvement
JANUARY 30, 2015
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
Is Data the New King of Manufacturing Technology?
MAY 12, 2016
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.
How do You Measure Manufacturing Resource Productivity?
MAY 5, 2015
Manufacturers have done a good job in recent years of squeezing the inefficiencies out of their operations and improving productivity. But there’s one area of potential improvement that has received only minimal attention, and that’s resource productivity. Start with the goal of maximum resource efficiency instead of just improving existing processes. How could this be done?
6 Ways To Help Eliminate Unscheduled Downtime
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
Set specific company goals — daily and quarterly — for reducing errors and improving productivity. Rather than reacting to stalls as they happen, take the steps above to start improving operations as a business. Best Practices Maintenance Maintenance Management Material Logistics continuous improvement factory equipment operational excellence uptime
Smooth the rough spots with TOC, then Lean – and fine-tune with Six Sigma
AUGUST 4, 2015
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.
Secrets Revealed to Achieving Continuous Improvement
Material Handling & Logistics
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
General Cable was on the brink of closure eleven years ago and today it is a diversified and growing plant recognized for safety excellence. read more. Global Supply Chain News
Adaptability is Transforming Robotics
MARCH 22, 2016
Robots Improve Productivity – But at what Cost? Automation Continuous Improvement Robotics Safe Operations Technology flexible manufacturing machine to machine communications robotsIt’s more than 50 years since the first industrial robot went to work. Today some 1.5 Though over the next few years that may start to change. Structured Environments. Adding Senses.
In Medical Device Manufacturing, Smaller Companies Have Big Advantages
DECEMBER 8, 2015
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.
Consumer Chain Continuous Improvement
Supply Chain Expert Community
MARCH 13, 2016
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.
Instituting a Culture of Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Factors such as rising freight rates, shrinking capacity, an increased desire for global supply chain visibility, have all worked together to drive the need for instituting a culture of continuous improvement in logistics operations and transportation management systems (TMS). To meet today''s complex logistics challenges, managers are stepping into a more streamlined, automated approach to transportation management in order to function at optimal levels both domestically and internationally. Read the latest special report
5 Steps To Building A Safety Culture In Your Manufacturing Plant
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Maintaining a safe work environment in your manufacturing plant is vital for your employees’ well-being and continued productivity. Continuously Evaluate Your Plant. You need to ask what can be done to improve the safety of each individual job. They probably also have some good ideas on how to make improvements. Embrace a Culture of Safety. Talk to Your Employees.
5 Easy-to-Use Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
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.
Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs
FEBRUARY 4, 2016
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.
Fostering Continuous Improvement: Evaluating People
The Strategic Sourceror
OCTOBER 27, 2015
In striving for continuous improvement, it is important to know where you stand in the moment. Before launching into a full procurement transformation initiative, one of the first key steps is to assess the current state of procurement operations. In addition to technology, metrics, and processes, having the right people carrying out processes and adding value to your strategic sourcing and procurement department is critical. Therefore, personnel should be a focal point of your current-state. Please visit the www.StrategicSourceror.com for the rest.
Despite all the Change in Manufacturing Operations Today, Safety Must Still be a Constant in Process Improvement
APRIL 7, 2016
So, I thought it might be a good idea to review a list of safety best-practices that might easily be forgotten at a time when such high levels of scrutiny are applied to Lean, Six Sigma and other continuous process improvement initiatives. 1. And, lets not neglect the continued risk of falling debris, a serious concern on many jobsites. One of those activities is safety.
The Cloud, MES and Centers of Excellence
JULY 2, 2015
mechanism to then distribute best practices to all locations, across the enterprise. A “single source of the truth” where processes can be standardized to help maintain and govern process improvement. place where process improvement suggestions can be collected from the field for evaluation at a centralized location as a possible future improvement. How can this be?
Case Study: VIBCO’s Lean Transformation Journey
JUNE 4, 2015
reads together, learns together, improves together, talks about problems. He was the catalyst that changed VIBCO’s destiny and continues to inspire our Lean manufacturing journey today, with the true purpose of customer voice. VIBCO was founded in 1962 by Theodore S. Wadensten, my father. Since then we have recorded over 25 U.S. Patents for our designs. Something had to Change.
6 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Manufacturing Intelligence Vendor
JUNE 18, 2015
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.
Doing More with Less: Now is the Time for a Center of Excellence
MAY 28, 2015
With the rise in importance of these systems comes a requirement for employees who can manage and improve how these systems operate. Across the manufacturing ecosystem, technology is responsible for driving down costs while improving quality and operational efficiency. Factories of today would be wholly unrecognizable to those working in manufacturing 100 years ago. Do you have a COE?
Instituting a Culture of Continuous Improvement in Transportation Management
Supply Chain 24/7
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
'' /> Factors such as rising freight rates, shrinking capacity, an increased desire for global supply chain visibility, have all worked together to drive the need for instituting a culture of continuous improvement in logistics operations and transportation management systems (TMS). To meet today''s complex logistics challenges, managers are stepping into a more streamlined, automated approach to transportation management in order to function at optimal levels both domestically and internationally. Read the latest special report
Lessons for Manufacturers in Product Design from Modern Warfare
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
At the outset of the war, the British realized that to be successful in the Atlantic theater, the aircraft would need significant improvements. Innovation Technology Uncategorized continuous improvement flexible manufacturing new product introduction Design cycles can last years—not just for developing new products but also for making upgrades to the existing portfolio.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Shippers
The Logistics of Logistics
DECEMBER 2, 2012
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.
What is Your Plan to Improve Data Access & Analysis?
JANUARY 28, 2016
Plants operating autonomously without adherence to corporate best practices can hurt overall productivity or continuous improvement programs. Big Data Continuous Improvement Industrial Internet of Things Manufacturing Intelligence EMI enterprise manufacturing intelligence Globalization real-time analyticsI read an alarming statistic in a recent Gartner report.