How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain


Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? Lean Culture by Creating "Standard Work".

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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.

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Three Ways Leaders Create Lean


Three Ways Leaders Create Lean. Relentless” leadership and team empowerment drive lean change. For those of you who have not, this is important – leadership is the single most important component to lean success. .

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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?

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. The technique later evolved into the Six Sigma business strategy driven through innovations by Motorola and General Electric.

Encouraging (Lean) Innovation in Supply Chain Management

All Things Supply Chain

The book is called The Lean Startup and … Continue reading → General Inventory management innovation startups supply chain entrepreneursDid you know that an entire book covering the best way to manage a startup business was written based on key learnings from the supply chain industry, or more specifically, manufacturing processes?

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Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a research report published last week , “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation.” Customer Experience: A Bigger Focus for High-Performing and Innovator Companies.

Collaborative Supply Chain Innovation: Bringing Solutions to Market Faster

Talking Logistics

In supply chain and logistics, there’s always a new problem to solve or a new opportunity to go after, which often involves some form of innovation — whether it’s a process innovation, a technology innovation, or both.

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders


We do it throughout entire industries, enabling leaders to smooth-out their Supply Chains, lean-out their Logistics, optimize their Operations, and maximize their Manufacturing throughput, all with their existing teams and often disaggregated data sources. Don’t give Innovation Groups budgets.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles


In order to avoid excess inventory and keep your business lean, you must understand the pace of movement of each product. Understand Lean Principles and How to Use them to Cut Out "Waste". Top Management must commit and focus on Lean. Lean is a new way of doing business.

Lean Supply Chain Management


By implementing a lean supply chain management strategy, small and large companies can get their finished goods to the right destination on time, while they also save money. Today, the supply chain industry has another approach that can be used to improve these processes, and it is known as the lean supply chain management method. Listed below is a brief overview of what is involved in implementing the lean supply chain management approach.

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The Next Frontier of Supply Chain Innovation: Analytics, LEAN and the Power of Big Data

Inbound Logistics

The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk


Efficiency programs like lean drove us to reduce suppliers and cut inventory. by John Westerveld Imagine yourself in this scenario; You wake up at the usual time, and over coffee, you review the news. As you flip through the articles on your iPad, you see it. A major earthquake in Taiwan.

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2nd Annual Global Supply Chain & Innovation Summit

Supply Chain Movement

2nd Global Supply Chain & Innovation Summit. URL: Innovation in Supply Chain Trends for Driving Business Improvement. Supply Chains and Supply Chain Management are at the heart of addressing this challenge, but the traditional “cost cutting” mentality is no longer sufficient where greater value add is sought and lean is the new norm. But what does supply chain innovation mean?

Going Lean? Don’t Leave Money on the Table


The prophets of lean manufacturing methods usually scorn planning systems. With Lean, all is well…except for a couple of significant challenges that have to be dealt with. The simple lean approach is to push these buffers onto vendors or distributors.

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Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. Some examples of some popular BPR tools are LEAN, Lean Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, etc. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation. That’s what drives change, innovation and, ultimately, success. H ow You Can Drive SCM Innovation in Your Business.

Focused Innovation for Market Success


People are often confounded about innovation, claiming that you can’t program ideas. The reality is that you can, by applying focused innovation techniques, and it all starts with understanding your customers’ needs. Answering that question is the first step to focused innovation.

Three Cool Technologies

Supply Chain Shaman

“ DDMRP A Repackaging of Lean and JIT from Shaun Snapp . I like best-of-breed innovators especially those with deep math and a passion for what they do. Driving supply chain innovation is hard. This is why I have a soft spot in my heart for technology innovators.

Navigating Automotive Disruption: Eliminate Bottlenecks in your Supply Chain and Lean-out Operations to free-up Working Capital for R&D


Of course, data may be “the new oil”, but if not refined properly through analysis, and not put into the right tank for action by domain experts, then it’s never going to propel the motors of corporate innovation forward.

How Do You Change Behavior in Organizations?


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. Lean Leadership supply chain advancement supply chain insights

The Next Frontier of Supply Chain Innovation: Analytics, LEAN and the Power of Big Data

Inbound Logistics

The confluence of faster data access, better analytical tools, and data-driven business decisions, make it more likely that future supply chain optimization will be continuous

4 Innovative Supply Chain Management Techniques


Innovation is at the heart of many kinds of success. For supply chain management, innovation means making a business more efficient by improving the way inventory and logistics are handled.

Lean and Green Supply Chain Initiatives Can Be Complimentary

ModusLink Corporation

Previous commentaries on Value Unchained noted a recent University of Tennessee research study, “Green, Lean and Global Supply Chain Strategies.” In the posting, Beyond the Research Part Three: Green and Lean Global Supply Chain Strategies , the researchers at the University of Tennessee made a rather important observation. The concept of lean initiatives has been around for quite some time, and is well understood among many functional teams. A guest post by Bob Ferrari.

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What is the Best Lean Book?

Supply Chain Opz

We rank top lean manufacturing books based on lean tools, popularity, industry awards and endorsements from business leaders to find best lean books to read. Background Lean thinking concept has been adopted by companies of all sizes in virtually all industries. Today lean thinking concept is behind the innovation to create radically successful businesses around the world. Then, we check if each book on lean gets positive reviews or industry awards.

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AGCO: Driving a Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

When her employees kept breaking their tablets on the production floor, Peggy used lean-production thought processes to innovate for new answers. AGCO’s culture of innovation policy deployment enabled employees to pioneer a technology solution for manufacturing.

The Future of Energy for Manufacturing!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Programs such as Lean have become a popular means to develop a culture of simplification and constant improvement. Although Lean principles provide an excellent basis for managing energy costs, such costs are often left out of an efficiency drive… Why is that? Subscribe Here!

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

The Logistics of Logistics

My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. The principles can be applied to anything, just like Lean and Six Sigma. He states that innovation is really just a remix of existing parts. Believe it or not Toyota DIDN’T invent Lean. Implementing Lean, or Six Sigma, or Agile, or any other improvement tool requires learning, practice, revelation, realization, and modification.

Agile retailing: new ways to manage uncertainty, disruption and innovation

RELEX Solutions

The real opportunity for retailers of all sizes is to grow by leading innovation and causing disruption. The real opportunity for retailers of all sizes is to grow by leading innovation and causing disruption. Agile adaptation is a defensive strategy, but agile innovation is aggressive.

The Ins and Outs of Manufacturing Around the Holidays

USC Consulting Group

Manufacturers can fight back against these operational roadblocks by planning ahead and introducing innovative solutions such flexible shifts, which can bolster employee engagement and retention.

Using RFID Two Bin Kanban at the University of Chicago Medical Center: Healthcare Analytics Innovation!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Jon came from a background in distribution, procurement, and logistics at Delphi and Honda, and knew that this was a perfect approach for building a lean supply system. He also wondered if it were possible to apply the principles of lean production and just-in-time to the healthcare environment. Forecasting Global Distribution Healthcare Supply Management Logistics Retail Logistics Supply chain analytics Supply Chain Innovation Supply Chain Management

Top Trends in Luxury Brands That Will Influence the Future of Your Supply Chain


How do the major luxury brands remain agile while meeting the demand for innovation, hyper customization and permanent immediacy? Featured Market trends Albatross China Consumer Goods Consumer Products CPG Customization Deloitte Generation Y Leane Bourgon Luxury Millenials Supply Chain

The Top Dozen Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time

Operations and Supply Chain Management

The Top Dozen Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time I am very keen on the subject of supply chain innovation right now, for a variety of reasons. First, CEOs across the globe are putting innovation as the top or near top priority for the companies they run. It’s pretty simple why: innovation is what drives the growth and attractive margins. Supply chain in turn obviously has a key role to play in overall corporate/product innovation. First Thoughts.

Reflections, Thank-you(s) and Rethinking the Future

Supply Chain Shaman

… a group of energized innovators. In retrospect, the 1990s were an exceptional time of innovation impacts on productivity. Embrace innovation. So as I think about the future and the need to embrace new forms of innovation, I want to share some thank-you notes today. (I

10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series

Supply Chain Movement

We will also hear innovations on self-service supplier portal, eCatalogue, andeProcurement in general. Get experience on Lean and Six Sigma in indirect procurement. IKEA looking at Lean / Six Sigma for P2P indirect process. 10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series.

Preparing for the Future of Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Every day, innovations that weren’t even conceivable a decade ago are used without a second thought. Much like the most successful business philosophies (lean, six sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM)) a handful of individuals acting alone won’t—and can’t—affect company-wide changes for the better—it takes an organizational shift. She enjoys translating “geek speak,” and building excitement around business technology innovations.