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Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

The effective use of a manufacturer’s inventory investment is an important determinant of the company’s success. Excess and obsolete inventory is a drain on resources, as is excessive safety stock. Managing an Inventory Investment. Inventory effectiveness measures the process that delivers the right part to the right place at the right time, while minimizing investment and meeting customer requirements. Using Metrics to Measure the Health of the Business.

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: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. Lean systems have provided a formidable operating strategy for leaders determined to achieve and maintain optimal operational systems and customer satisfaction levels. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? Holding areas are maintained for excess inventory.

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My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

Tomorrow, I have a call with a manufacturing company to answer the question, “ What is the most important concept in the book?” Joe works for Filipe, and his boss believes that supply chain excellence can best be typified by lean. While Joe is trying to balance the feedback from Filipe and Frank, he is often asked to change his metric targets by his CFO named Lou. It is for this reason, that I believe that the traditional SCOR Model metrics are problematic.

Modern Metrics

synchrono

The two areas of my working world are embracing technology like never before: Marketing and manufacturing. While digital content and automated technologies gave birth to the modern marketer, a more real-time, digitally connected enterprise is driving modern manufacturing strategies like the Factory of the Future, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 – all of which are grounded in Demand-Driven Manufacturing methods. The post Modern Metrics appeared first on Synchrono.

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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Efficiency vs. Productivity: Metrics that Matter…Until They Don’t

synchrono

I keep seeing the word efficiency in the manufacturing media. When we look at the organizations of today, words like efficiency and productivity get thrown around with little understanding of what is required to improve one of these measurements (metrics). Let’s discuss why an efficiency metric is usually not the right metric and what a Lean manufacturing expert does when measuring true value in the supply chain.

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. These metrics should be reviewed frequently to ensure supply chain success.

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3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs. Review Inventory turns and Return on Assets. For clarity, in measuring supply chain performance, we should be focusing on: inventory, working capital, and time.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Reason #9 Relentless pursuit of one supply chain metric at the expense of other metrics. Yet, these are similar instructions as what is passed down to the supply chain from executives focused on a specific supply chain metric. Why do companies focus on reducing a specific metric?

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

FAQ: Is Demand-Driven Manufacturing the Same Thing as Lean?

synchrono

Many of our customers don’t start out looking to implement Demand-Driven Manufacturing per se. Often, they’re focused on Lean Manufacturing or at least some element of it. However, at some point in the conversation, they will inevitably ask, “Is Demand-Driven Manufacturing the same thing as Lean Manufacturing?”. Demand-Driven Manufacturing isn’t synonymous with Lean or other related initiatives such as Theory of Constraints.

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Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Supplier Quality Management processes and how to evaluate your suppliers from Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain. When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

You are Here!

synchrono

. . Where to Start Your Lean Journey. Planning Your Lean Journey. Like visitors to the Mall of America, manufacturers looking to apply Lean principles start in the same place. Their “directory” is the 8 types of waste identified in Lean: Overproduction – Manufacturing more than is needed to fill customer orders. Inventory – Excess material and WIP. SyncKanban Gets Lean on Scrap. . Lean practitioners need to be a little more sophisticated.

Smooth the rough spots with TOC, then Lean – and fine-tune with Six Sigma

synchrono

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. There are some improvement metrics that in my opinion, are based on funny numbers. That’s because TOC only impacts financials if you move Throughput (T) up, Operating Expense (OE) down, or move Inventory (I) down. (It

The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.

synchrono

Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages. When it comes to ordering materials and components, managing inventory levels, or organizing the delivery of finished goods to customers, companies are forced continually to chase business partners – mostly suppliers, logistics companies, and retailers – via a messy stream of emails, phone calls, and even faxes.

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Increase Throughput by Replacing Manufacturing Productivity and Efficiency Metrics with These Two KPIs

synchrono

Manufacturing productivity is a useful metric for measuring the health of manufacturing at a national or global level because it tells us something about whether our factories, in general, are working or sitting idle. What is Manufacturing Productivity?

Why Demand-Driven Manufacturing is Focused on Metrics for Action

synchrono

In Demand-Driven Manufacturing, there is only one measurement that is important to drive performance: Throughput. There are two subordinate measurements: Inventory and Operating Expense. These three measurements cover the gambit of what needs to be measured because they are directly related to customer orders, cash captured inside the organization, and the cash it takes to turn inventory into sales. We call these Metrics for Action. Metrics for Action.

Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain is complex non-linear system that is easily thrown out of balance through a focus on functional metrics. They rock back and forth in improving singular metrics but struggle to improve a portfolio of growth, margin, inventory performance, and asset utilization. Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures. Aggregate Results for Apparel Manufacturers for the Period of 2010-2019.

Lean initiatives and the Supply Chain

The Lean Supply Chain

Cost Reduction Options: Top Managementknows 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. Lean Supply Chain Implementation Results.

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Thrifty Inventory Management to Save Money and Increase Profits

Unleashed

In today’s manufacturing arena, the common mantra is to produce more ‘faster, quicker, cheaper’ with the common goal being to instigate more interest through marketing, drive sales up and increase profits. This is all very well, however to achieve this goal, inventory management needs to be a focus. This is where efficient, lean and thrifty inventory management comes in. Business Tips inventory control inventory cost inventory management supply chain

Double Inventory Turnover In 9 months!

Supply Chain Game Changer

World Class Inventory Turnover Breakthrough Elements! “If we are truly a Supply Chain Services Company, then why is our Inventory Turnover only at 7?”, Could we double inventory turnover? Setting the Target to Double Inventory Turnover. Subscribe Here!

[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As a third party logistics company with a focus on better Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight management, we have several shippers who are in the manufacturing industry. Our job at Cerasis is to optimize transportation management for these manufacturing shippers so that in turn, they can focus on their own core, the process of manufacturing. We relay on guest bloggers and the expertise of others for manufacturing best practices.

Double Inventory Turnover In 9 months!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out World Class Inventory Turnover Breakthrough Elements! “If we are truly a Supply Chain Services Company, then why is our Inventory Turnover only at 7?”, In that meeting I set the target … we needed to reach double digit Inventory turns within the next year.

Reduce Lead Time in Your Global Supply Chain with Lean Thinking

Material Handling & Logistics

The longer the lead time is, the more inventory you will need to hold and the greater the risk that you will have shortages of the things you really need. To create a lean supply chain with the minimum lead time you need to apply lean thinking. The steps in doing this are similar to those involved in value stream mapping any other manufacturing or business process: Form a cross-functional team. In our experience a lean supply chain can halve your lead time.

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Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

Talking Logistics

Mariotti states that you first have to measure it, and he outlines several metrics and techniques in the book, including ranking customers by annual sales, profit, and gross margin percentage. Added complexity often results in added waste, and the most common forms of waste from a lean supply chain perspective include : Transportation : unnecessary (non-value added) movement of parts, materials, or information between processes.

Eliminating Your Excess Inventory

Loop Supply Systems

Eliminating Your Excess Inventory. Excess inventory is experienced by nearly every manufacturer – and it’s a big problem. Inventory is one of the 7 Lean Mudas (Japanese term for ‘waste’). It leads to an inefficient supply chain that is riddled with waste, which in turn reduces profit, customer satisfaction, and everything else lean manufacturers work to improve. COST OF EXCESS INVENTORY. Now think about all of your inventory.

The Pros and Cons of Consolidating Manufacturing ERP Systems

synchrono

Managing operations through multiple manufacturing systems can be challenging, but it’s a daily reality for many manufacturers. For instance, one facility might operate in a make-to-stock mode and the other in a make-to-order mode even though they manufacture the same types of products for the same customers. Addressing local regulations and business practices is another common (and good) reason for implementing one manufacturing system over another.

Manufacturing Operations Management – A Guide for Better Shop Floor Control

ThroughPut

What is Manufacturing Operations Management? Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is a long-term holistic solution that gives complete visibility into plant floor operations to help consistently improve manufacturing operations performance. What is Manufacturing Operations Management Software? How can Manufacturing Operations Management Software help? Here is how MOM software helps manufacturers: 1. Manufacturing agility.

Manufacturing Operations Management – A Guide for Better Shop Floor Control

ThroughPut

What is Manufacturing Operations Management? Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is a long-term holistic solution that gives complete visibility into plant floor operations to help consistently improve manufacturing operations performance. What is Manufacturing Operations Management Software? How can Manufacturing Operations Management Software help? Here is how MOM software helps manufacturers: 1. Manufacturing agility.

Manufacturing Operations Management – A Guide for Better Shop Floor Control

ThroughPut

What is Manufacturing Operations Management? Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is a long-term holistic solution that gives complete visibility into plant floor operations to help consistently improve manufacturing operations performance. What is Manufacturing Operations Management Software? How can Manufacturing Operations Management Software help? Here is how MOM software helps manufacturers: 1. Manufacturing agility.

Global Process Excellence: A Journey From Disarray To Best In Class!

Supply Chain Game Changer

My first Management job was on the Manufacturing floor on 3rd shift. It was company policy … anyone’s first Management job was in Manufacturing. We needed to lean out the operations and improve our productivity. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Let the Design Begin…

Supply Chain Shaman

With the purchase of i2 by JDA, and Logictools by IBM, manufacturing companies serious about network design started looking for a company, with a well-established community, that was more serious about network design. It could no longer be just about inventory levels. This analysis needed to be completed monthly and fed to newer forms of inventory optimization technologies. I smiled as I began to present the story of the “Metrics that Matter.”

How to measure the performance of a manufacturing plant?

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Posted by Abhay Dhall, Associate Consultant (Manufacturing Vertical), Infosys Limited In my previous blog , I spoke about the need for companies to create a value stream map for their processes in order measure, control & improve their processes. There are some important metrics which help make informed decisions on improvement initiatives. A basic yet powerful metric that usually is a good indicator of operating performance of a manufacturing business is the cycle time.

Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Note that neither company is making progress at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. Performance of BMS and Merck at the Intersection of Inventory Turns and Operating Margin. Orbit Chart for Novo Nordisk at the Intersection of Operating Margin and Inventory Turns for the period of 2006-2015. As shown in Table 1, based on continued improvement initiatives, the Novo Nordisk company outperforms their peer group in all areas except inventory turns.