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.

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Not So Hidden Inventory


Recently, we were asked by the management of a manufacturer to help them assess why inventory levels were so high and trending upward. We went to the manufacturing plant to survey the scene, to see if we could determine the root cause of their inventory problem.

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The Downside of SCM Journal Rankings

SCM Research

When analyzing the statistics of this blog, I found that SCM researchers appear to be very interested in posts concerning journal rankings, namely about the ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide and VHB-JOURQUAL. I would not have published them if I wasn’t sure journal rankings can be beneficial for our research community.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Supply Chain Control Towers.

Supply Chains Rock

A fun and educational video from the folks at e2open. There's a lot of hype out there about supply chain control towers. What they are, what they aren't. What they do, what they don't. If you're embarking on a supply chain

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Tech -Driven Supply Chains: How Innovations Are Transforming the Trucking Industry

Trucking may be notoriously conservative and slow to change, but all signs point to a major technological shift. This report explores this transformation, with an eye on what's coming down the pike in the near and long term.

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Three Lies and a Truth

Supply Chain Shaman

When new groups come together, the forming process is often awkward. Teams want to know each other, but introductions are strained. So, how can they do it quickly and move on to solving business problems? Ice breakers help. One of my favorite is the game, “ Three Truths and a Lie.”

Real Results Magazine: Must-Have Tips to Boost Your Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

What’s on your summer reading list? If you’re like me, you’re reading a couple of good books, have several more on your “got to get to” list and a magazine or two with the corners folded down for when you have a little airplane time or for a quick read over lunch.

Imbalanced Investments: Transportation Spending vs. Procurement Technology (Part 1)

Supply Chain Network

‘Keep on trucking’ has a new meaning. According to the latest American Shipper benchmark survey, transportation spending increased in 2012 – according to 75 percent of respondents – remaining unscathed by budget cuts. Shockingly, though, companies are failing to invest in the necessary procurement tools to manage spend and optimize their transportation networks.

Purchasing Managers: Minding Everyone's Business

Inbound Logistics

With companies intent on optimizing the supply chain, purchasing managers have emerged as key players in the business plan. To be successful, they need to communicate, collaborate, and venture into new territory

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Capgemini’s 2012 3PL Study Provides Great Insights

The Logistics of Logistics

The brilliant minds at Capgemini ( [link] ) have released their 2012 3PL study. In their 16 th annual report, Capgemini shares their assessment of the 3PL market, along with special sections on emerging markets, electronics, talent management and strategic assessment. The study is very comprehensive and used academic rigor to ensure valid results. For the study, 1561 shippers and 697 3PL executives were surveyed. There were also focused interviews with shippers and some facilitated workshops.

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Ask the Expert: Three Questions on Inventory Optimization for Sean Willems Ph.D.


Interest in inventory optimization continues to increase as companies seek a more efficient way to reduce excess inventory while maintaining or improving customer service levels.

Conducting and Presenting Grounded Theory Research

SCM Research

Qualitative research can be conducted to build theory from field data. The Discovery of Grounded Theory by Glaser and Strauss (1967) remains the fundamental handbook of this approach. SCM journals have recently seen a series of articles advocating for the use of grounded theory, e.g., Mello and Flint (2009, JBL) and Kaufmann and Denk (2011, JSCM). Therefore, I would like to draw attention to three helpful papers.

Utilizing Your Warehouse Space

Supply Chains Rock

A guest post by Schaefer Shelving. The blog owner receives no revenue or fees for posting this article, it has been included based on his opinion that it contributes to the goal of his blog, which is to make supply chain''s interesting. Amazon.com''s warehouse. There are some basic but important principles involved in utilizing warehouse space effectively. The warehouse design is one part of

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

how-to-ship-to-big-box-retailers-part-3 - Supply Chain Cowboy

Supply Chain Cowboy

Supply Chain News: Will Consumers Pay more for US-Made Goods?

Supply Chain Digest

Supply Chain Management:Make your Assets Green, as Dollar is.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Companies have started talking seriously about reducing carbon emission, saving water and electricity, waste reduction etc for which asset management packages would play significant roles. After all, these "greening"

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Golden week hangover for logistics services providers?


And so China is back to work after the week-long Golden Week public holiday.

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The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Adrian’s Supply Chain & Logistics Predictions for 2013

Talking Logistics

In this episode, Adrian Gonzalez shares his top supply chain and logistics predictions for 2013. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet The post Adrian’s Supply Chain & Logistics Predictions for 2013 appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Past Episode Supply Chain & Logistics Trends 2013 predictions logistics supply chain

2012 Supply Chain Predictions: Is the End of the World Nigh?

Supply Chain Network

Image via Wikpedia It’s that time, once again, when everyone predicts what will happen in the coming year. But 2012 is an extra-special year; it carries heavy historical baggage chock full of dire predictions.

How to Drive Visibility Through a Supply Chain Network Control Tower

Inbound Logistics

Shippers can create a "control tower" view within their own supply chains—a common platform for aggregating, cleansing, and communicating real-time data

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Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

The Logistics of Logistics

<strong><em>If you think the price of fuel is the only element driving freight costs higher – </em><em>Think again! </em></strong> Introduction. The latest Master of Logistics 20 th Annual Study of Transportation and Trends Study reports that in 2011 the highest percent of transportation costs was ground freight at 76.1%, of which US long haul trucking holds a major position at 64.4%. Ground freight was then followed by 8.7% for air, 8.3%

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Fewer Hunches. More Facts.


Dennis Berman at the Wall Street Journal recently said analytics will change your day-to-day world more than you know.

The Most Cited Paper in SCM Research

SCM Research

Have you ever tried to find the most cited paper in supply chain management research? I have done so. For this purpose, I used the term “supply chain” in Web of Knowledge for a topic search. The winning paper is titled Information distortion in a supply chain: The bullwhip effect and the authors are Hau L. Lee, V. Padmanabhan, and Seungjin Whang. The paper was published in Management Science in 1997 and has since been cited more than 1,000 times.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Infographic: The History of the.

Supply Chains Rock

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Supply Chain Cowboy - 10 Tips to Make Physical Inventory Counts.

Supply Chain Cowboy

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Part 2: How the Cloud Impacts the Software Lifecycle

Supply Chain Nation

I recently wrote about how the shift to cloud computing moves the burden of installing, operating, or maintaining software from you to your vendor, and how the four phases of the software lifecycle shift as well. The new lifecycle phases are launch, perform, optimize, and continually improve. In this transition, as the consumer of the software, you should expect to see benefits across the board as both you and your vendor evolve.

Supply Chain Management:Face book, Twitter and Asset Management

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Last month, we were discussing our new Maximo Utilities Amplifier Solution with Ralph Rio, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group ([link] This Amplifier solution would help

Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link?

Supply Chain Shaman

Members of today’s supply chain teams are busy. Business complexity is rising and teams are trying to get to data and align the organization against supply chain objectives. It is not easy. Disparate systems and gaps in supply chain technologies lead the list.

Repair May Be the Needed Fix to Increase “Return on Returns.”

Value Unchained

Returns, especially consumer electronic devices, are a big business. According to a 2011 study by Accenture, between 11% and 20% of all consumer electronics (CE) devices purchased in the U.S. are returned.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.