The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles


This is the essence of lean leadership and a lean culture. Lean teaches us that successful organizations are principle-based , instead of tool-based. Lean Leadership lean culture supply chain insights lean management lean leadership training

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


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.

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Lean Inbound Logistics: The Key to an Advanced Supply Chain


Lean Logistics supply chain advancement supply chain insights inbound logisticsIn this comprehensive white paper, LeanCor CEO Robert Martichenko shares 10 proven insights from his early days supporting Toyota that have paved the way for today’s advanced supply chains.

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Building the Layers of Lean Construction


Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable. Lean Leadership supply chain insights

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: Understanding Your Functional Area


Lean Leadership lean culture supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon.

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How LEAN can improve Healthcare Logistics

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Think LEAN. One solution is to introduce a LEAN culture into their business practices. A LEAN culture reduces waste, improves efficiencies, and heightens customer service. To date, only 4% of healthcare companies have fully implemented LEAN.

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3 Ways Lean Visual Management Can Make a Big Difference in Your Workplace


Here are three ways lean visual management can make a big difference in your workplace. Lean Fundamentals supply chain insightsA major element of achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility is creating visual management in all workplaces.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: The Way to Build Trust and Performance with Your Team


In this weekly blog series, explore our practical principles that will lay the groundwork for your lean leadership training journey. You'll strengthen your lean leadership skills by: Reading each lesson every week. Lean Leadership lean culture supply chain insights

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Raising the Lean Bar in Construction


Lean Leadership supply chain insights"Overall, the construction industry collectively struggles with managing the supply chain. We experience a lack of consistency in each client project, each introducing many new hurdles to overcome.

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


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. Consider Lean Accounting.

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Lean Labor Management & Reward-based Pay: Savings & Successes

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This is the first of a three-part series on the benefits of harnessing Lean Labor Management and pay-for-performance programs to incent employees and ignite productivity from within. 3 steps to ramp up productivity and save money with Lean Labor Management.

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Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

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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.

Five Tips for a LEAN Refresher for the Retail Season

Ryder Exchange

A retail customer recently wondered whether his organization needed to review its LEAN warehouse and distribution strategy for the coming back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. Lean Guiding Principles Retail Supply Chain Warehousing & Distribution Management

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Lean Leadership Training Series: Why It's Easier to Succeed with a Customer Orientation


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon.

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C-Suite Lean Leadership: Motivating People for the Next Frontier


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsHonesty and integrity have been cornerstones of Dan Mora’s career.

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Do Lean and Six Sigma have a place in tomorrow’s supply chain?

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Before I answer the title question, let’s have a quick refresher on what exactly Lean and Six Sigma are. Lean , on the other hand, analyzes process flow and related outputs, including waste. The term most commonly used today is “Lean Six Sigma”.

LEAN: 5 Keys to a Healthy Medical Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

Ryder’s new whitepaper “ Eliminating Waste in Health Care Supply Chains ,” examines how LEAN processes can transform medical supply chains to reduce costs. Healthcare & Medical Lean Guiding Principles Supply Chain Healthcare Logistics Healthcare Supply chain

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How Lean is your Warehouse?


4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. Our most recent webinar on the Lean Dedicated Warehouse, showed us a lot of very interesting insights about what the opportunities are in our industry today. By: Susie Sterling – Director, Supply Chain Solutions.

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Lean Manufacturing


Recognizing a need to extend its lean manufacturing program in o rder to tackle problem areas in the warehouse, the motor company partnered with LeanCor to optimize material flow and reduce production time losses due to parts shortages. Lean applies in every business and every process.

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Lean Labor Management & Reward-based Pay: Pros & Cons

Ryder Exchange

In my first post, we explored the basics of Lean labor management, reward-based pay and engineered labor standards and how this approach delivers a one-two punch to lagging performance. You can download our whitepaper on lean guiding principles.

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


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? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks.

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26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing


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. At LeanCor, we look at the term lean warehousing from two vantage points, or two cases.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: What is Content-Based Leadership and Why Should You Have It?


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon.

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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?

The Lean Warehouse: Top Down or Bottom Up?

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I talked to Bob Arndt, the Vice President of Lean Supply Chain Solutions at Ryder. I talked to Bob about Ryder’s use of Lean programs to continuously improve warehousing operations. Ryder is a leading 3PL.

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Lean versus EOQ? What’s best for your organization?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

In no time at all we were debating between lean versus EOQ. Lean relies on minimization of, among other things, lot sizes, inventory and waiting. You want to go lean, but your customer’s demand schedule wreaks havoc on your capacity plan. You’ve ‘gone lean’ but aren’t!

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Applying Lean Principles to Supply Chain Planning


Today, Lean is a concept, a philosophy, a practice, and a set of tools all wrapped in one. The focus of Lean is to maximize quality, minimize unnecessary steps and optimize customer value (provide them what they want when they want it).

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Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints


As a project manager for demand-driven, lean manufacturing software, I have more than a nodding acquaintance with the theory of constraints (TOC). The post Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints appeared first on Synchrono.

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When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance


I learned about “lean manufacturing” (or simply “lean”) back in the 1990s when I met James Womack and read his book “ The Machine that Changed the World ”. But we have also seen companies misinterpret the lean message when it comes to inventory.

Does Lean Leveling Reduce Shipment Variability?

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Lean: Winning Strategies for Cutting Waste

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With Lean tools and processes, companies can reduce waste in their supply chain operations

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Lean Warehousing


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? We want to help our customers succeed in their quest for lean and operational excellence.

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Agile Supply Chain: Why Agility is Trumping Lean in the Supply Chain


Once, the lean supply chain was considered to be the most effective form of manufacturing and supply chain management. Let's take a look at how the agile supply chain is quickly replacing the lean supply chain. In a sense, overstocking inventory was a typical response of lean concept.

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Lean Six Sigma


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.

How Do You Balance Leading and Driving Results?


This is the last post in our series where we explore practical principles that lay the groundwork for your lean leadership training journey. You'll strengthen your lean leadership skills by: Reading each lesson every week.

Lean Problem Solving: Providing Visibility for Everyone to See


At LeanCor, we operate by lean supply chain guiding principles. These principles include collaborating and using process discipline to create a lean problem solving culture. In order to create and sustain a lean problem solving culture, you must make the problem solving visible.

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


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. What Grade of Sandpaper Will You Use? Part Four.

Lean Logistics and Material Flow: The Importance of Continuous Improvement


Manager, Lean Supply Chain Operations. Lean logistics aims to reduce inventory levels and create flow within supply chain networks. The lean logistics and material flow program direction is not just a several month project, but an on-going multi year cultural and thinking shift.

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.