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. Live Episode: Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 12:00 ET.

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

Talking Logistics

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.

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.

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. Episode Highlights Transportation Management accrual reporting Bill Madden continuous improvement LeanLogistics transportation management

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).

Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement

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It almost seemed hackneyed: Lean manufacturing and continuous process improvement. Yet this intentional, ongoing process of improving services, and procedures to improve flow, customer satisfaction, quality, safety, and profit means nothing without metrics.

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. . Data can help you improve your transportation processes when applied correctly.

3 Ways to Put Big Data to Work in Your Factory

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In this post, I’ll cover the three ways you can use Big Data to improve operational performance. #1 Big Data Continuous Improvement Lean Manufacturing Production Flow Real time data big data continuous improvement lean manufacturing maintenance predictive analytics production flow

Continuous Improvement Training

LeanCor

Continuous Improvement Training: The Importance of Leader Standard Work. Fifty hours a week is not a lot of time for doing both leader’s standard work and continuous improvement work. Continuous Improvement Training: Lean Leadership Online Course.

What Sandpaper Will You Use? – Part One

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TOC, Lean, and Six-Sigma should all be part of the continuous improvement (CI) journey at your company – and knowing which tools are right for the job will help you realize your CI goals faster. What to Use to Get the Most of Your Demand-Driven Changes.

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.

Overcoming Complacency: How to Drive Even More Supply Chain Metric Success

Talking Logistics

Posted figures and targets can be motivating, but if progress continually shows as an “all green,” there is little to inspire or motivate teams to give more discretionary effort or be more engaged in the bigger picture. Going “red,” defined as not meeting stated goals, should not be treated as an abject failure if continuous improvement is anywhere in your business plan. A sense of complacency can lurk behind benchmarks.

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.

How to Create a LEAN Culture in Your Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

A LEAN business system is an organization of people who have developed the ability to relentlessly seek out waste and eliminate it while simultaneously improving the customer experience. Lean Guiding Principles Supply Chain Continuous Improvement

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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.

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.

How Does a Company Start Continuous Improvement Training?

LeanCor

If investing in continuous improvement training provides a big advantage, why doesn’t every company do it? This is the continuous improvement paradox. We believe in continuous improvement training, but do very little to implement it. We want to improve.

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. What Grade of Sandpaper Will You Use?

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?”

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.

Demand Driven Manufacturing in the Engineer-to-Order Space

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Aligning Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Practices. Synchronization of data improves processes, production flow and visibility. In most cases, aftermarket services continue throughout the life of the product.

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?”

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Supply Chain Assessments Are Critical to Continuous Improvement

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

They can also require identifying the right processes, practices, and enabling technologies that should be analyzed to identify areas where high value improvements are possible. The use of both internal and external perspectives provides the most accurate roadmap for future improvement. The post Supply Chain Assessments Are Critical to Continuous Improvement appeared first on Tompkins International.

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?

3PLs Focus on Continuous Improvement Programs to Improve Warehouse Performance

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve recently completed a survey titled Warehouse Performance Improvement. DC Velocity’s summary will mostly focus on what shippers can do to improve performance. I had two key partners, DC Velocity and eft (eyefortransport).

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.

Demand-Driven Technologies Evolved

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When I first began instituting demand-driven practices in the late 90s, we were into creating pull, eliminating waste, and getting on a path of continuous improvement. By John Maher.

Don’t Confuse Excellence with Perfection

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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 For a long time, one of my favorite corporate taglines was Lexus’ “ The relentless pursuit of perfection. ”

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.

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.

Want to Align Projected & Actual Cost Savings for Supply Chain Improvement Initiatives? Here’s How.

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A manager once told me that if you add up all the supply chain cost savings projected by various supply chain improvement initiatives over the years, you would have enough money to buy the company five times over. No wonder management is skeptical of benefits offered by improved supply chain planning. Want to Align Projected & Actual Cost Savings for Supply Chain Improvement Initiatives?

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.

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

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I 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.

Turn Your Gemba Walk into a Power Walk

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In the example I gave above, management had collected actual data from the process, so they had a pretty good idea of how long changeovers took and what could conceivably be possible with the right process improvements. Gemba is a term that is increasingly familiar in the manufacturing world.

Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two

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Last time, we talked about focusing on enterprise improvements rather than local efficiencies using constraints management (TOC). Constraints management improves throughput, on-time delivery, more. Manufacturers use constraints management first to gain the most demand-driven change.

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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. Their improvements were a remix. This is a basic principle of improvement.