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26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

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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. Many organizations see logistics functions as a way to gain competitive advantage and bring value to the customer. 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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End-to-End Supply Chain Collaboration: It's More Than a Technology Platform

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Advancing your supply chain to improve performance and working capital requires collaboration. But true supply chain collaboration is much more fundamental than information technologies committing to new platforms. Lean material flow requires each function and firm to first recognize that they are part of a system of interconnected functions. Recognition of the supply chain system is the first step in total cost decision making.

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End-to-End Supply Chain

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5 Secrets of End-to-End Supply Chain Improvement. Every successful business in today’s world understands the value of a well-oiled supply chain – this determines whether a company will lead the competition or gets left behind. Our ability to successfully implement and sustain a supply chain that delivers the highest possible value to the customer at the lowest possible total cost of fulfillment is of utmost importance. What is the challenge?

Lean Inbound Logistics: The Key to an Advanced Supply Chain

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In this comprehensive white paper, LeanCor CEO Robert Martichenko shares 10 proven insights from his early days supporting Toyota that have paved the way for today’s advanced supply chains. Lean Logistics supply chain advancement supply chain insights inbound logistics

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Supply Chain Planning Value Matrix 2021

Holistically analyze your value chain for a resilient supply chain, even in times of crisis. Discover more about why the CCH® Tagetik Supply Chain Planning solution was named a leader in the Nucleus Research Supply Chain Planning Value Matrix 2021 report.

5 Supply Chain Projects That Could Drive Millions to Your Bottom Line

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Every budget cycle I hear supply chain professionals asked to squeeze more from the already dry towel laying on their desk. International competition and customer pressures are driving prices down, and shareholders are still expecting the same returns. To say this is a new trend would be a lie, but the brave new world we live in makes it harder for supply chain managers to sandbag and deliver results. They have to think differently about their supply chain.

Supply Chain Design

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What is Supply Chain Design? Written by: David Sherman, CTL. What is supply chain design? For many in the field of supply chain and logistics, supply chain design is the rudimentary step in understanding how a product or service is altered from raw materials into a finished product in the hands of the final customer. Supply chain design refers to the development of the framework that information and products travel from supplier to customer and back to the supplier again. But what does that mean?

3 Things Your Transportation Management System May Lack

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Before our recent webinar, “Transportation Management: Driving improvements in cost, quality, sales, and delivery,” we conducted a transportation bench-marking assessment to discover industry trends and areas of opportunity in transportation management. Participants rated themselves on a scale of 1-3-5 on 26 statements based on their current operational condition.

Supply Chain Planning

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Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. Written by Michael Burchett, Lean Logistics Specialist at LeanCor. When I was a kid, the strangest things used to capture my attention. Every time I went to my grandparents’ house I would run straight to their living room and play with a game called Topple. In the game of Topple , players took turns placing pieces on a plastic board (which was balanced on a stick) until the whole board lost balance and “toppled” over.

How Lean is your Warehouse?

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4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. By: Susie Sterling – Director, Supply Chain Solutions. 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.

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Transforming Supply Chains for Higher Performance and Resiliency

Today, just 8% of companies have the digital maturity required to achieve resilience and mitigate supply chain disruptions, as per a new HBR Analytic Services - GEP study. What can enterprises do to accelerate digital transformation? Read the full report now to find out!

Making Safety a Top Priority for the Whole Operation

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In this special post, Plant Lean Manager Todd Markward from Select Comfort (manufacturer of Sleep Number and Comfortaire beds), shares how his team made a few simple improvements to their value stream mapping process that shifted the entire operation's focus to safety as a top priority. supply chain insights safety

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Healthcare Supply Chain

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Mapping the Current State – Healthcare Supply Chain. Waiting for hours in an emergency room or doctors office only scratches the surface of the challenges we find in Healthcare. There are people that spend their days calling providers, tracking down payments, seeking information, and inquiring about deliveries of their durable medical equipment (DME) and prescriptions.

Transportation Management

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The Laws of Lean Transportation Management. link]. There are all these things in life that we think “Oh, I cannot live without that,” and if it wasn’t for transportation management we most likely would not have anything we want or need on time. Think about all the cars we have in the United States that have been shipped from different countries all over the world.

Value Stream Mapping

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The Truth About Value Stream Mapping. Value stream mapping involves “mapping” the set of all specific actions required to bring a specific product through the three critical management tasks of any business: 1.Problem Solving (e.g., design, new product development). 2.Information Management (e.g., order processing and other non-production activities). 3.Physical Transformation (e.g., converting raw materials to finished product). What Value Stream Mapping Is.

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Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

Logistics is like a box of chocolates…

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By: Clint McCrystal – Training and Development Manager. link]. The year was 1994. President Clinton was in office, OJ Simpson was trying to outrun a fleet of police cars and Microsoft was moving away from the DOS system. To say that there was a litany of leadership styles and characters in the forefront would be an understatement.

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Inbound Warehousing

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Stability and Visibility for Inbound Warehousing. By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. For firms today, a universal struggle is the synchronization of inbound shipments with inbound warehousing activities, as well as outbound warehousing activities. Creating a level volume flow (shipments, as well as materials) allows for firms to maintain stability and visibility throughout their supply chain network. What does it take?

Outbound Logistics

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Outbound Logistics: Think Outside of the Trailer. By Susie Sterling, Supply Chain Solutions Director at LeanCor. Shipping Produce via Rail Can Be Lean. To facilitate a lean fulfillment stream for our outbound logistics customers, we strive to achieve the perfect order.

Warehousing and Logistics

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Warehousing and Logistics: How Important is Synchronization? By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. Warehousing is a key component of logistics management and how businesses manage the transportation and storage of their inventories. Warehousing and logistics must be aligned within a firm to have the most efficient effect on overall manufacturing production as well as outbound logistics activities.

4 Reasons to Break Up With Excel and Move to Digital Supply Chain Planning

Trust your supply chain forecasts: adopt a predictive intelligence platform to outperform your supply chain goals, overcome challenges of spreadsheet-based planning, reduce risks, enhance customer satisfaction, and improve the bottom line.

Healthcare Logistics

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Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study. By: Leeanna Thomas – Manager Business Development. $23 23 million dollars in total healthcare logistics cost savings; how would that make you feel? The healthcare industry is embracing lean concepts to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Nurses are utilizing lean concepts and methodology on things like surgery prep stations and crash carts.

Supply Chain: "The Switzerland of Today's Business" - Our Interview with Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP

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Our weekly Executive Spotlight Blog Series will showcase business leaders' perspectives on real issues facing our industry, and the lean best practices that help improve supply chains and grow organizations. supply chain advancement supply chain insights

Supply Chain Consulting

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Warehouse Layout and Transfer Management: A Supply Chain Consulting Case Study. The order-to-fulfillment lead-time for a packaging manufacturer’s external distribution center was causing problems for its customers’ operations; immediate improvement was needed in order to maintain the business relationship. The client was growing at a rapid pace but could not meet customer needs quickly enough on the distribution side of the business.

Lean Supply Chain: The Culture That Must Be Fully Embraced

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By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. Many firms today are realizing their inter-connectivity to each other and their habitual dependence on one another for success. In order to be successful these firms must be keen to improve their standing. By maintaining lean practices and instilling lean cultures into their employees and work environment firms are able to realize this success.

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Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

Demand Driven: Preparing for Now and the Future in Supply Chain (Furniture)

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The “Amazon effect,” is demanding more out of supply chains everywhere. In this new white paper, LeanCor Consulting Director, Brent Rogers, breaks down that effect, implications for business leaders across all industries, and things to consider before following suit. supply chain advancement supply chain insights demand planning

Demand Driven: Preparing for Now and the Future in Supply Chain

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The “Amazon effect,” is demanding more out of supply chains everywhere. This new white paper breaks down that effect, implications for business leaders across all industries, and things to consider before following suit. supply chain advancement supply chain insights demand planning

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management

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Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management. Inventory is not only a critical part of supply chain management; too often it is the main cause of a painfully incremental progression toward effective and genuine supply chain management. Reading this article will enable you to see inventory from a perspective contrary to most conventional views defining inventory as an asset.

Supply Chain Management

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The 3 Strategic Focus Areas for Logistics Collaboration. Integrated supply chain management is still unrealized because effective collaboration has not been realized. The implementer needs to collaborate internally with functional departments and externally with customers and suppliers. As with any other function, collaboration requires knowledge and planning. Effective collaboration requires commitment to the cause. The three strategic focus areas for logistics collaboration are: Teamwork.

Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Guiding Principles in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Creating the Lean Fulfillment Stream. Why does fulfillment stream management require guiding principles? Because a fulfillment stream is lengthy an dynamic and it’s impossible for managers to evaluate every action taken with detailed analysis. For example, Toyota has a guiding principle that reducing lead time is the right thing to do.

Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement

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By: David Sherman, CTL. Manager, Lean Supply Chain Operations. Lean logistics aims to reduce inventory levels and create flow within supply chain networks. For supply chains looking to obtain one-piece flow lean logistics processes must be in alignment with purchasing and inventory strategies among other processes within a firm or supply chain network. Non-value added items should be removed from these processes to ensure there are optimal opportunities for flow through these improvements.

4 Tips to Help Manage Your Supply Chain

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Logistics is a necessary function for all companies. No business can live without it. Companies that do not do it well, in fact, threaten their very survival. Companies that recognize and manage the trade-offs by measuring total cost can extend this “systems” thinking to the larger environment, the supply chain in which they operate. In the absence of integrated logistics and total cost perspective, the logistics wastes are inevitable. Supply Chain Management – Cause and Effect.

Supply Chain Management Case Study

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Supply Chain Management Case Study: Total Delivered Cost Model. A leading food and beverage company was experiencing pressure from its customers to reduce lead times, have more competitive prices, improve service levels, and increase product freshness. It was striving to incorporate a more holistic view of its supply chain operation.

Supply Chain Evolution: Digital Transformation Is the Way Forward

A new study by The Economist shows that 54% of enterprises want to rethink their supply chains. Make them more agile and resilient. How would supply chains evolve from here? And what should supply chain leaders be doing differently? Download the report today!