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The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles


This is the essence of lean leadership and a lean culture. Lean teaches us that successful organizations are principle-based , instead of tool-based. Covering everything from communication and engagement to functional knowledge, this series is designed as a practical, lean leadership training tool for professionals to: Read each lesson. Let's get started!

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Supply Chain lean inventory

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Building the Layers of Lean Construction


Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable. Using his lean background, Kirk is transforming his commercial contracting company in the midst of an industry where lean thinking can be rare.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: Understanding Your Functional Area


Lean Leadership lean culture supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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Discover How LEAN Supply Chains Improve Efficiencies, Cut Costs

Ryder Exchange

There’s a simple mantra i n LEAN supply chain management : If it doesn’t add value, it’s eliminated. Today, from warehouses and distribution centers, to finance departments, customer service centers and other departments and divisions, countless companies and industries employ LEAN in their supply chain operations. Lean Guiding Principles Supply Chain LEAN Supply Chain

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Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

The Logistics of Logistics

Understanding lean and the 8 wastes is important for all operations people including logistics and supply chain folks. The concept of lean (and the 8 wastes) originated in the manufacturing sector where it was first recognized that eliminating waste in the system led to much bigger profits. Henry Ford and his team at Ford Motor Company discovered lean along with the assembly line, even though they didn’t necessarily use the term lean. The fine folks at provide a brief history of lean. Questions: Has your company implemented lean?

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3 Ways Lean Visual Management Can Make a Big Difference in Your Workplace


Here are three ways lean visual management can make a big difference in your workplace. Lean Fundamentals supply chain insightsA major element of achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility is creating visual management in all workplaces. Time and time again, we've seen that the better the visual management in a workplace, the better people are at solving problems.

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Raising the Lean Bar in Construction


Lean Leadership supply chain insights"Overall, the construction industry collectively struggles with managing the supply chain. We experience a lack of consistency in each client project, each introducing many new hurdles to overcome. As Senior Project Manager for DPR Construction, a leading general contractor with offices all over the U.S.,

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: The Way to Build Trust and Performance with Your Team


In this weekly blog series, explore our practical principles that will lay the groundwork for your lean leadership training journey. You'll strengthen your lean leadership skills by: Reading each lesson every week. A lean culture is a learning culture, and as leaders it is our responsibility to support our team members in taking advantage of those learning opportunities.

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Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?


Lean is a new way of doing business. For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of all waste (where waste is defined as any non-value added process) and bringing value to the customer , beyond the customer’s expectations. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE. The 8 Rights To Achieve Lean Transportation Practices. 5 Practical Applications to Achieve Lean Transportation.

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9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners


Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean. Flow in the lean supply chain begins with customer usage. Lean’s PDCA can also be used: Plan, Do, Check and Act.

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Lean Labor Management & Reward-based Pay: Savings & Successes

Ryder Exchange

This is the first of a three-part series on the benefits of harnessing Lean Labor Management and pay-for-performance programs to incent employees and ignite productivity from within. 3 steps to ramp up productivity and save money with Lean Labor Management. Lean harnesses the power of an organization’s most valuable resource: its workforce. Set up a positive feedback loop.

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Five Tips for a LEAN Refresher for the Retail Season

Ryder Exchange

A retail customer recently wondered whether his organization needed to review its LEAN warehouse and distribution strategy for the coming back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. For contingent workers, review resource planning, capacity needs and your LEAN overview with the temp service provider. After all, systems were in place and all seemed to be running smoothly. Labor needs.

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Lean Leadership Training Series: Why It's Easier to Succeed with a Customer Orientation


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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C-Suite Lean Leadership: Motivating People for the Next Frontier


As the CEO and President of Gemini Duplication, a provider of subpoena, copy, and online record management services, Mora is leveraging lean leadership to bring his company into the next frontier of its industry through teamwork, collaboration, advancement, and constant improvement – all in the midst of a challenging and changing industry. Lean Leadership supply chain insights

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Do Lean and Six Sigma have a place in tomorrow’s supply chain?

The Network Effect

Before I answer the title question, let’s have a quick refresher on what exactly Lean and Six Sigma are. Lean , on the other hand, analyzes process flow and related outputs, including waste. Lean is all about introducing Straight Through Processing coupled with flexibility where required across processes. The term most commonly used today is “Lean Six Sigma”.

When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance


I learned about “lean manufacturing” (or simply “lean”) back in the 1990s when I met James Womack and read his book “ The Machine that Changed the World ”. Based on MIT's five-year, fourteen-country study – one of the largest and most thorough ever undertaken -- the book describes the entire managerial system of lean production. The A.T. Not size zero, but rather size right."

LEAN: 5 Keys to a Healthy Medical Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

Ryder’s new whitepaper “ Eliminating Waste in Health Care Supply Chains ,” examines how LEAN processes can transform medical supply chains to reduce costs. According to an Industry Week article, medical supply chains that have implemented LEAN processes have cut costs by more than 20% in the first year. For example, the H.

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How Lean is your Warehouse?


4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. The summer is coming to an end – and so is our Summer Webinar series , It’s been a great couple of weeks talking with fellow lean thinkers, colleagues and partners in the supply chain and logistics industry who are all dedicated to the lean principles. By: Susie Sterling – Director, Supply Chain Solutions.

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Lean Manufacturing


Recognizing a need to extend its lean manufacturing program in o rder to tackle problem areas in the warehouse, the motor company partnered with LeanCor to optimize material flow and reduce production time losses due to parts shortages. These improvements not only enhanced the warehouse layout and design, but were aligned with the motor company’s lean manufacturing goals.

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Lean Labor Management & Reward-based Pay: Pros & Cons

Ryder Exchange

In my first post, we explored the basics of Lean labor management, reward-based pay and engineered labor standards and how this approach delivers a one-two punch to lagging performance. Whether you’re a 3PL providing warehouse services to retail customers or managing your own distribution center, Lean labor management and pay-for-performance can dramatically lower costs. Speed bumps.

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26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing


Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron. Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. The fact is, particularly with the growth of the global supply chain and extended lead times, lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain.

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”


Lean systems have provided a formidable operating strategy for leaders determined to achieve and maintain optimal operational systems and customer satisfaction levels. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks. Lean Manufacturing Planning and Implementation. Measuring Lean Manufacturing Performance.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: What is Content-Based Leadership and Why Should You Have It?


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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Lean Training


Does lean training turn your team to problem solvers? In an introductory lean workshop last week in t he Silicon Valley, one of my participants asked me: “You have seen a lot of lean transformations in your career –what is the one thing that turns someone from a lean skeptic to a lean believer and lean problem solver? Can lean training alone do the trick?”. What is the secret to lean transformation? The most important thing for a lean leader to understand is that there is no magic pill, no instant solution. Great question.

Lean versus EOQ? What’s best for your organization?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

In no time at all we were debating between lean versus EOQ. Lean relies on minimization of, among other things, lot sizes, inventory and waiting. Master schedulers can manipulate the planning parameters to create lean or EOQ optimized schedules, but how do you decide which way is right for your organization? You’ve ‘gone lean’ but aren’t! The post Lean versus EOQ?

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The Lean Warehouse: Top Down or Bottom Up?

Logistics Viewpoints

I talked to Bob Arndt, the Vice President of Lean Supply Chain Solutions at Ryder. I talked to Bob about Ryder’s use of Lean programs to continuously improve warehousing operations. Bob Arndt, VP of Lean Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder Many potential customers want to make sure that a 3PL has […]. Ryder is a leading 3PL.

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Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints


As a project manager for demand-driven, lean manufacturing software, I have more than a nodding acquaintance with the theory of constraints (TOC). The post Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints appeared first on Synchrono. Leveraging Project “Constraints” and Maximizing Results. He’s the go-to guy for this practice on our site. Quality. Schedule. Budget. Risks [1].

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Lean: Winning Strategies for Cutting Waste

Inbound Logistics

With Lean tools and processes, companies can reduce waste in their supply chain operations

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Lean Warehousing


Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. Before we start talking about Lean Warehousing, can you tell us a little bit about LeanCor Supply Chain Group? We want to help our customers succeed in their quest for lean and operational excellence. Relative to our topic today, Lean Warehousing, is it a big part of your operations? Tonya: Good morning Robert.

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Agile Supply Chain: Why Agility is Trumping Lean in the Supply Chain


Once, the lean supply chain was considered to be the most effective form of manufacturing and supply chain management. Unfortunately, many supply chain entities do not understand or fail to grasp the full scope and concept of agility and how and it functions in relation and contrast to a lean supply chain. In a sense, overstocking inventory was a typical response of lean concept.

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Make Your Supply Chain a Lean, Mean Fighting Machine

River Logic

Developing a lean supply chain should be a top priority for any business. A lean supply chain is efficient and will take as few resources as possible to create maximum value. This sounds simple on paper, but when you apply this idea to sophisticated global chains of goods and services, things become much more complicated. Supply Chain Management SCM Supply Chain

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Lean Six Sigma


What is Lean Six Sigma Logistics? Lean Six Sigma is the combination of two methodologies that complement one another when applied to logistics and supply chain management. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Lean and the Logistician. The impact of Lean on the logistician is significant. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Six Sigma and the Logistician. Logistics Capability.

Lean Problem Solving: Providing Visibility for Everyone to See


At LeanCor, we operate by lean supply chain guiding principles. These principles include collaborating and using process discipline to create a lean problem solving culture. In order to create and sustain a lean problem solving culture, you must make the problem solving visible. Here are the top three strategic focus areas for visibility in lean problem solving.

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