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. Six Sigma owes its roots to the Statistical Process Control developments made by Dr. Walter Shewhart of Bell Laboratories in the 1920′s and later expanded upon by Dr. W.

6 Sigma Supply Chain: The Brief Introduction for Non-Statisticians

Supply Chain Opz

6 Sigma Supply Chain: The Brief Introduction for Non-Statisticians. Even though there are so many articles about six sigma supply chain, most of them are all related to the application within certain functions in supply chain. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts.

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. Implementing Lean, or Six Sigma, or Agile, or any other improvement tool requires learning, practice, revelation, realization, and modification.

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.

Why is Supply Chain the Rockstar of Consumer Pharma?

The Supply Chainer Report

Their excellence in processes goes from the latest up-to-date Lean methods (TOC, 6Sigma …) to the m ost innovative Customer Segmentation, Supply Chain Resiliency and Circular models. Consumer Pharma Pharma Supply Chain Strategy Amazon FMCG Lean OTC over-ther-counter Procter Retail Six Sigma Transformation WalmartThe obsession of drug makers to re-evaluate and minimize Operational costs is the New Black.

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders

ThroughPut

Whether it is access to data, maneuvering around competing innovation objectives, tracking down actual factory-floor operators, or involving oft-neglected procurement groups, there are internal bottlenecks everywhere. Innovation Groups do not have natural internal operations-savvy salespeople.

How Do You Change Behavior in Organizations?

LeanCor

We interviewed Jim Mikulski, Global Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, to understand how lean thinking is driving innovation at Greene, Tweed and enabling the forward-thinking company to change the game in its industry.

7 Supply Chain Transformations at SAMSUNG

Supply Chain Opz

2) Adopt Six Sigma Methodology : based on "quality movement" in the electronics industry, Samsung believes they can improve the internal operations drastically using Six Sigma. Then they study various Six Sigma approaches from GE, Dupont and Honeywell.

The Most Reliable Supply Chain…Without Technology?

Cerasis

They have the funds to access the latest technology, complete extensive R&D and implement new innovations surrounding logistics and supply chain management. They have it down to a science, and they really must all work together to maintain their six sigma performance.

5 Skills Necessary For Maximizing Logistics Effectiveness

Cerasis

Be ready to rationalize the process of Six Sigma within your organization. The tools and techniques of Six Sigma put team’s heads together and stimulate innovation. It for sure requires some degree of self-organization and discipline, but it also creates a perfect ground for resourcefulness and innovation. With the correct application of Six Sigma, an enterprise shall not forfeit modernization to maintain high quality. .

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Mr. Moore is a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt and has successfully led several joint LSS projects with Transplace customers. It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain.

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.

10 CEOs Reveal Favorite Operations Management Book

Supply Chain Opz

Steve Jobs recommended " The Innovator'' Dilemma " by Clayton M. Operations Management is a subject taught in business school anywhere in the world. However, classic textbooks seem to have the same teaching approach, content outline and even case studies.

Operations Management: CEOs Reveal 10 Favorite Books

Supply Chain Opz

Steve Jobs recommended " The Innovator'' Dilemma " by Clayton M. Operations Management is a subject taught in business school anywhere in the world. However, classic textbooks seem to have the same teaching approach, content outline and even case studies.

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

Talking Logistics

When you focus just on fulfilling the original need, you judge success based on that incremental approach to yesterday’s problem and stop innovating. Lean Six Sigma is a way to not simply accept the old way of doing things, but to ask “ Why do I do that? ”

The Relationship Between Innovation in the 3PL Industry and Collaboration Revealed

EFT

The key driver 3PLs have been banking on to increase margins has been ‘innovation’. Ultimately, 3PLs have had significant difficulties driving innovation without the buy-in from their customers.

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Lenovo

Supply Chain Opz

At Lenovo, asking questions like "why, why not, what if" is part of the innovation process. 6) Use Lean Six Sigma: to improve the operational efficiency and reduce time to market, they implement lean concept.

Enterra Solutions 2nd Annual Cognitive Computing Summit

Enterra Insights

The impact of these innovative technologies is enormous and is now beginning to be realized. In today’s data rich environment, companies are racing to employ advanced analytics and insights as the mechanism to drive sustainable competitive advantage, the same way that they used Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma quality capabilities to separate themselves from the competition.

Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

With an abundance of data pouring into the managed analytics data warehouse every day, including weather, consumer data, transportation destinations, origins, timing, invoices and so forth, the managed analytics architecture creates a powerful transportation innovation engine.

The Branded Supply Chain

Quintiq

Innovative? And Whirlpool’s supply chain embodies its brand value of innovation with Six Sigma accuracy and cutting-edge manufacturing processes. As an innovator and early adopter, H&M is set up to benefit.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Developing Standard Work is one of the more difficult Lean Six Sigma disciplines; however, if efficiently developed, it should allow virtually anyone to perform the work without any variance in the desired output.

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

Cerasis

Use the Item Master of the ERP System to set inventory turns to six to eight turns, set minimum/maximum inventories, re-order points and lead times. For instance, if the customer and employee feedback show that product quality issues are prevalent, Lean Six Sigma has to be improved.

Announcing Enterra Solutions 2nd Annual Cognitive Computing Summit

Enterra Insights

The impact of these innovative technologies is enormous and is now beginning to be realized. In today’s data rich environment, companies are racing to employ advanced analytics and insights as the mechanism to drive sustainable competitive advantage, the same way that they used Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma quality capabilities to separate themselves from the competition.

Treading Water

Supply Chain Shaman

There are many techniques–lean, six sigma, Total Quality Management–but, the over-arching focus is on managing and reducing costs. This can only happen through the development of new and innovative processes. I spent my summers as a lifeguard.

Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives

Cerasis

The backbone of Lean Six Sigma methodology, DMAIC ensures sustained, defect-free performance and highly competitive costs. This is the heart of Lean Six Sigma : reducing variation to make a process more stable and predictable. A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money.

Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Lessons from Nortel Networks

NC State SCRC

That put customers on hold, and then GE guys came in and “over-rotated” on six sigma, and should have focused more on the Big Y of getting rid of some divisions.

Supply Chain Management Services

LeanCor

Do they embrace a methodology like lean, six sigma, or operational excellence? Continuous improvement is important as it leads to improved quality efficiency, innovation or any component that is crucial to any system. 3 Tips in Choosing Supply Chain Management Services.

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What is the Best Lean Book?

Supply Chain Opz

Today lean thinking concept is behind the innovation to create radically successful businesses around the world. We are requested by a reader who is a new lean manager to suggest good lean manufacturing books or lean six sigma for his leadership development. 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.

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Analytics Leaders Discuss the Internet of Things

CH Robinson Transportfolio

These innovative assets, built and driven by harnessing big data and predictive analytics, create consumer and business environments where “I Want What I Want When I Want It” (“IWWIWWIWI”) is not only justifiable, but increasingly the societal standard.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Today’s complex supply chains require vision, strategies, and innovative techniques to create optimal performance. Organizations leverage supply chain consulting companies or in-house project leaders to improve processes within transportation and warehousing, inventory and materials management, and the implementation of lean, six sigma, and operational excellence across the entire value stream. 4 Crucial Steps for Effective Supply Chain Consulting.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

They were growing fast and were innovative; but, my intuition was that their approach was fundamentally flawed. Very early on, I made it mandatory for all supply chain leaders to study Six Sigma to a green belt level.

Supply chain pain points in the Aerospace and Defense industry

Kinaxis

As air travel demand soars, aircraft equipment manufacturers continue to innovate in areas like jet engine fuel efficiency, navigation technology and materials science. Lean manufacturing and six sigma initiatives have significantly cut waste and inefficiency in the production process.

Demand-Driven Supply Chain Transformation

synchrono

Demand-Dr iven Manufacturing incorporates the best of Lean manufacturing, Theory of Constraints (TOC), and Lean Six Sigma principles. End-to-end Visibility for Real-time Coordination, Communication, and Commitment.

Takeaways from the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Kinaxis

Dana stated that leading supply chain organizations such as Amazon are looking for disruptive skills such as Lean/six-sigma, SQL, project management, R, Perl, and Python in addition to the core supply chain skills, as compared to lagging organizations primarily looking for ERP and excel skills.

What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation

EFT

Augmentations to existing technologies can lead to innovative and interactive methods to complete a task, faster and better. 1) Master Your Supply Chain. Supply chain management is the cornerstone of procurement, production and facilities management.