Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

Cerasis

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Pull (Lean principle: Kanban) : Move inventory only when requested by customer.

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Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. Before we start talking about Lean Warehousing, can you tell us a little bit about LeanCor Supply Chain Group? As a third-party logistics provider, LeanCor offers a unique combination of third-party logistics services, hands-on consulting, and training and education that helps organizations eliminate waste, drive down costs, and instill a problem-solving culture across their supply chains.

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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. Excess Inventory.

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Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

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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How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

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? Let's first talk about first setting the stage, then give you practical practices and tactics to achieve a sustainable lean culture, and then provide core key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Lean Culture by Creating "Standard Work".

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A Systems Approach to Inventory Management. Inventory Management. Lean principles focus on eliminating waste from business processes. Inventory is not isolated to raw materials and finished goods. Companies will carry inventory masquerading as service parts, repair items, administrative suppliers, automobile fleets, and a host of other types of assets that are managed by setting and maintaining certain levels. Inventory Management Processes.

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Lean Six Sigma

LeanCor

What is Lean Six Sigma Logistics? Lean Six Sigma is the combination of two methodologies that complement one another when applied to logistics and supply chain management. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Lean and the Logistician. The impact of Lean on the logistician is significant. A common misconception of Lean philosophy is that it only finds application in manufacturing settings. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Six Sigma and the Logistician.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. Subscribe Here!

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9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean. The Lean Supply Chain is a system of interconnected and interdependent partners that operate in unison to accomplish supply chain objectives. o Space—holding places for unnecessary inventory.

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

Cerasis

This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. In the first part I put forth 6 areas of focus in order to reduce logistics costs. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Try using a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI).

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Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement

LeanCor

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. Lean Logistics Journey. By: David Sherman, CTL.

Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain

Logility

Fifteen years ago, I worked for a company that embraced Lean 6 Sigma as a core operating fundamental. Just about every member of the management team was a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt and many had attained a level of Master Black Belt. As Director of Logistics and Planning, part of my responsibilities were to manage our relationships with outsourced manufacturing partners including quality. Today, Lean is a concept, a philosophy, a practice and a set of tools all wrapped in one.

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26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

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 use of facilities for inbound material logistics and outbound finished goods distribution are the bridges that connect all the imbalances and lack of flow in the entire stream.

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Introducing Lean In Retail … Start in the Backroom!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! I decided that I would introduce Lean process improvement techniques to this company. I came from a Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Chain background so I spent a career surrounded by the application of Lean methodologies. However when I started the discussion around deploying Lean at this Retailer virtually everyone had no knowledge of what Lean was. 5S is a basic but very powerful Lean technique.

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Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

Talking Logistics

From the electricity powering the lights to the labor costs of each order picked, embracing “lean” principles is one of the few proven ways that a company can fight back from its bottom line. One of the core concepts behind lean is the need to look closely at operations within your warehouse, and never fall into the trap of complacency — even if things seem functional at the moment. Apply Lean to Your Physical Assets. Apply Lean to Your Processes.

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Lean Supply Chain: The Culture That Must Be Fully Embraced

LeanCor

By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. By maintaining lean practices and instilling lean cultures into their employees and work environment firms are able to realize this success. These lean practices and cultures lead to firms transforming their habits based on customer demand rather than by supplier constraints. What is the lean supply chain? How does the lean supply chain function? So, what stage of lean is your firm currently in?

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Using Lean Management for Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Why Agility is Trumping Lean! Lean management article originally published by Veridian at [link] Permission to publish here provided by Jason Rosing. What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management. Subscribe Here!

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Inventory Management

LeanCor

Inventory management, network infrastructure, and labor deployment are all critical components necessary to meet this intense customer demand. Inventory Management Strategy. If we’re going to get inventory into consumer hands the same day they place the order, the inventory has to be 1) available and 2) less than 8 hours away. This requires us to push the boundaries of current inventory management practices, or hold lots of inventory network-wide.

Supply Chain Shifts From Lean Model

AB&R

With the supply chain’s lean model, many retailers were not able to respond to the sudden changes in demand. Costco’s recent acquisition of logistics company, Innovel, echoes these findings. ” As new warehouses are developed and supply is increased, having visibility into what inventory and assets companies have, and where they are located will become even more vital. The post Supply Chain Shifts From Lean Model appeared first on AB&R.

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? Lean is a new way of doing business. The transportation company’s culture and behavior should change to apply Lean thinking. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of all waste to bring value to the customer, beyond the customer’s expectations (where waste is defined as any non-value added process). The goal in Lean Transportation is to use the ‘Eight (8) Right’s: Right Materials.

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How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. Ask anyone in transportation management/logistics/supply chain and they will affirm this statement. One specific type of lean warehousing that one of our customers has available to them comes in the form of a cross-dock. This cross-dock allows our logistical engineering team to help their supply chain control flow, improve delivery timing, reduce transportation and increase stability.

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Lean Defined: What is Waste? (In Logistics)

LeanCor

Lean Defined: What is Waste? (In In Logistics). The first step in lean thinking is to understand what is value and what activities and resources are necessary to create that value (“value-add”). ” Lean practitioners use the Japanese term “ muda ” when referring to waste, although they have typically done so in a manufacturing context. Transportation : Transportation in excess of what is required if inventory and flow exist in the network.

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Lean Leadership: The Importance of Having All the Information

LeanCor

Information is one of the greatest assets for people pursuing lean leadership, yet we often get so engrained in maintaining the day-to-day operations that we forget to gather all appropriate information, often resulting in wasted time, excess inventory, defects, and ultimately money. If you are pursuing lean leadership then you will recognize that it is important to reduce this waste in lack of information.

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The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean

Cerasis

Consequently, all processes, including inventory management, logistics, data analytics and ongoing performance management, as reiterated by the staff of Supply Chain 24/7, improvement, can be optimized, creating a more efficient, direct and intelligent supply chain network. Agile = The New Lean. Another key player in the 2016 state of supply chain report was the move away from rigid, lean processes to agile methodologies.

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Which Warehouse Locations Are Lean and Lucrative?

Supply Chains Rock

fearful factors that business owners and logistics managers have to deal with, one of the things they dread the most is idle inventory. the term idle inventory just exudes negativity. Of all the. As if supply chains aren’t boring enough as it is (or so people. think!), No company, whether mom and pop sized or international corporation sized, is ever. content with anything business-related

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Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Inventory Management in Manufacturing Environment

LeanCor

Firms today are beginning to understand more and more that high levels of inventory aren’t just detrimental to costs but also for hiding other potential issues. Inventory management starts with lean buying and planning tactics as well as streamlined inventory management standard processes for material handling and planning. The beginning stage of inventory management doesn’t begin at the dock door rather it begins with the supplier. By: David Sherman.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

Healthcare Logistics

LeanCor

Healthcare Logistics: A Network Design Case Study. 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. The large number of distribution centers caused difficulty in providing good SKU coverage without creating inventory bloat.

Final Mile Integration: Data Enables Inventory Management & Replenishment

Cerasis

Unlocking cost reductions in logistics implies a direct need to improve warehouse and facility inbound logistics and outbound order fulfillment. Unfortunately, inventory control remains at the fringe of proactive logistics management. Organizations have spent years creating lean logistics strategies that are highly susceptible to disruption. However, the integration of last mile logistics, also known as.read More.

EMC runs a lean operation: Playing hockey with doughnut holes

Supply Chain View from the Field

” To cope with this hockey stock effect, EMC has a highly lean and flexible manufacturing facility. They also use a “inventory train” concept – which is a cart with rolling stock. Customer Relationship Management Design for Supply Chain Inventory Management Logistics I had the opportunity to visit EMC’s manufacturing facility in Apex, NC this afternoon.

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Third Party Logistics

LeanCor

What Makes a Provider Truly Lean? Many organizations have utilized lean to improve manufacturing processes, and have now realized it’s time to extend these programs and start connecting lean principles to partners within the supply chain. The impact of lean on the supply chain is significant, as the goal of lean is to eliminate waste (overproduction and inventory), which will decrease work in process inventories. Logistics networks are complicated.

The Current State of E-Commerce Logistics

Cerasis

As recently as 2016, the state of e-commerce logistics triggered a rush to expand warehousing. Shippers that take the time to understand the current state of e-commerce logistics in 2018 can learn from the mistakes of the past, devise a top-notch solution for today’s needs, and put several best practices into place to promote efficacy in e-commerce logistics. Meanwhile, the costs of operating within the state of e-commerce logistics surpassed $117.2

Third Party Logistics

LeanCor

5 Things You Should Expect From Your Third Party Logistics Provider. The new role of the third party logistics provider will not just be to transport and store, but rather to serve as a trusted partner in the lean journey by identifying problems, implementing solutions, and adding value in global and complex supply chains. The relationship with the third party logistics provider needs to move from transactional to one of long term partnership and commitment.