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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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? 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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Raising the Lean Bar in Construction


Like other construction companies, we’re constantly procuring, developing, and establishing new relationships with new suppliers, subcontractors, vendors, and architects to develop and streamline the building experience.". 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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The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean


From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. 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. Ultimately, lean supply chain processes improved efficiency, but they limited the variability and adaptability within a company.

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10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program!

Supply Chain Game Changer

How many people make a New Year’s resolution to “Lean” yourself out only to abandon it shortly thereafter? What do you do when your Lean program at work suffers the same fate? From what I could see in most facilities there was evidence that Lean was being practiced.

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Procurement and Purchasing: Buying into Lean

Inbound Logistics

When applying Lean principles to procurement and purchasing processes, non-traditional sources of waste can be identified, which benefits the entire supply chain

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When is it Time to Invest in Procurement Technology?


Or it may be an executive mandate driven by a leadership change or the arrival of an individual who understands the earnings contributions or growth that a well-run procurement organization can deliver to an enterprise. No Time Like the Present for Procurement Technology.

7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

Procurement and Purchasing: Buying into Lean

Inbound Logistics

When applying Lean principles to procurement and purchasing processes, non-traditional sources of waste can be identified, which benefits the entire supply chain

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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. Another great way to look at warehouse cost reductions is to follow what Ernst & Young calls the "End to End" Planning and Fulfillment Network , which goes in line with the next section, Lean Principles. . Understand Lean Principles and How to Use them to Cut Out "Waste". Top Management must commit and focus on Lean.

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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? What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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Procurement & Suppliers: Paying Attention to Terms & Conditions to Keep Supplier Relations Postitive


Editor's Note: Today's blog is by our great friend, Chuck Intrieri where he gives us a fantastic example of how Procurement and Suppliers can enhance Supplier Relations by navigating the "Battle of the Forms.". However, in many circumstances, the supplier will send an invoice that contains one set of terms, while the procurement professional will issue a purchase order which contains additional or different terms. Procurement

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths Part 5 – Lean and On-Demand Manufacturing


Today we are going to look at lean manufacturing. Myth: “No Need for S&OP; We have Lean Manufacturing.” ” Some proponents of lean manufacturing believe that if you are running lean processes where you have eliminated waste, raw and work in process (WIP) inventory will be delivered and used just-in-time (JIT) to meet customer demand. Raw and WIP inventory takes time to procure, build and transport.

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Lean Supply Chain Management

The Lean Supply Chain

Introduction Lean supply chain management is not exclusively for those companies who manufacture products, but by businesses who want to streamline their processes by eliminating waste and non-value added activities. Procurement. The companies that practice lean supply chain management reduce their procurement function so that each vendor has one point of contact, one contract and offers one price for all locations. Lean Manufacturing.

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How to Build a Digital Procurement Ecosystem in 8 Minutes!

Supply Chain Game Changer

In this post, I’d like to suggest a mapping of a digital procurement ecosystem, dive into the necessity for these functionalities, and draw some conclusions as to how these focus areas can drive performance in an overall procurement organization. When building a digital procurement and sourcing ecosystem, it’s important to dig into your existing procurement process. The Digital Procurement Ecosystem. Building your own Digital Procurement Ecosystem.

Supply Chain News on Bringing Lean Thinking to the Procurement Function

Supply Chain Digest

McKinsey Says Big Opportunities from Focusing Lean on Strategic Procurement Processes

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Why Procurement Transformation Can Fail!

Supply Chain Game Changer

What’s the Difference between Procurement and Purchasing? Why Procurement Transformation Fail article created by, and permission to publish here provided by, Jill Button at [link]. What do I mean by Foundation in Procurement Transformation? Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence

Gravity Supply Chain

There’s no need to do the maths; we’ve got the answer for you! The post Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain.

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EMC runs a lean operation: Playing hockey with doughnut holes

Supply Chain View from the Field

Brent Taylor, who I met the week before at Procurement Leader’s, took me on a tour of the plant. ” To cope with this hockey stock effect, EMC has a highly lean and flexible manufacturing facility. I had the opportunity to visit EMC’s manufacturing facility in Apex, NC this afternoon.

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Parts Are Not Parts

Supply Chain Shaman

The inadequacies of MRP is the genesis of the lean process of Plan for Every Part (PFEP). PFEP optimizes the policies that define how to procure each part. New technology based on Lean Supply Chain best practices is enabling the use of PFEP on a daily basis.

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3 Reasons Why Procurement Transformations Fail!

Supply Chain Game Changer

What’s the Difference between Procurement and Purchasing? Over these past 28 years of my career in Procurement (yes I started when I was 12), I’ve had the privilege and pain of seeing, not just procurement, but many different types of Transformation initiatives succeed and, unfortunately, fail. There are many reasons why Procurement Transformations fail, however, the below 3 keep coming up time and time again. Failure to look beyond Savings for Procurement Value.

Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Supply Chain Game Changer

supplychainmanagement #procurement #logisticsmanagement. Business Process Optimization Guest Blog Post Lean Process Improvement Supply Chain Management logistics management ProcurementSubscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

5 Tactics for Transforming Your Supply Chain into a Lean, Mean, Green Machine


In recent years the evolution of the green supply chain or green procurement, have become incredibly popular. Implementing green procurement practices can seem overwhelming. Implementing green procurement practices to your supply chain can seem daunting, but consumers both want and expect it as climate change and carbon emissions become increasingly global conversations.

Value Stream Mapping the Current State Process!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Specifically the company was going to carry a dramatically different set of products which required a new set of capabilities in Strategic Planning, Merchandising, Marketing, Procurement, Inventory Management, Retail Operations and Logistics. . Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Most definitions of disintermediation characterize it as the elimination of intermediaries, or “ cutting out the middleman “ Further consider that the “Wastes” associated with Lean thinking and principles include transportation, inventory, over production and motion amongst others. Business Process Optimization Freight and Logistics Lean Process Improvement Procurement Supply Chain Management Productivity improvementSubscribe Here! Email Address.

Is There a Future for ERP and Procurement Suites?

HICX Solutions

” This scathing remark, made in reference to outdated procurement technology and ERP software, is taken from AT Kearney’s report The Future of Procurement Technology. The procurement technology that the report is taking aim at is primarily that of suites, offering the view that while they “look great on paper” they are rather less able to deal with “the realities and complexities of day-to-day procurement” in practice.

10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series

Supply Chain Movement

Get experience on Lean and Six Sigma in indirect procurement. Learn from key practical case studies: Vodafone covering advanced P2P journey including process mining and data analytics, robotics and more sophisticated areas like cognitive procurement. IKEA looking at Lean / Six Sigma for P2P indirect process. Events Amsterdam case studies Conference event Lean Marcus Evans master data management P2P Pan-European Conference Procurement Six Sigma supply chain

Value Stream Mapping your Current State Process!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Specifically the company was going to carry a dramatically different set of products which required a new set of capabilities in Strategic Planning, Merchandising, Marketing, Procurement, Inventory Management, Retail Operations and Logistics. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Value Stream Mapping your Future State Process!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out Lean in Retail … Value Stream Mapping your Current State Process! The company was just being introduced to Lean process improvement techniques. Lean #Retail #SupplyChain #SCM #Business #Change. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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A Don’t Touch Supply Chain Strategy Must Now Dominate The Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! As we articulated in our article A Don’t Touch Strategy Will Dramatically Lean Out Your Supply Chain! Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer.

Supply Chain as a Service (SCaaS)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The 3 Pillars of Digital Procurement! You can outsource your Manufacturing, Distribution, Procurement, Logistics, Accounts Payable, Transportation Management, Systems and more. We had phenomenal, global capabilities in Logistics and Procurement. The first problem was that no matter who we talked to at the company to introduce the service, including CEOs and CFOs, the next step always involved us getting referred to the Procurement department. Subscribe Here!

The Ins and Outs of Manufacturing Around the Holidays

USC Consulting Group

and China , a conflict that has complicated raw material procurement practices, Logistics Management reported. Lean Manufacturing Manufacturing Supply Chain Efficiency Labor Planning Lean Process Management Procurement strategic sourcing Supply Chain Optimization ThroughputThis holiday season, American consumers are expected to spend more than $720 billion , an increase of nearly 5 percent over sales figures from 2017, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Streamline your Entire Distribution Centre or Warehouse at One Time!

Supply Chain Game Changer

We had to lean out the operations and improve productivity. Check out Global Process Excellence (Part 4) – Introducing Lean In Retail … Start in the Backroom! Lean #SupplyChain #ProcessExcellence #SCM #Logistics #Distribution. Subscribe Here!

The Agile Supply Chain! Why Agility is Trumping Lean!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! Once, the lean supply chain was considered to be the most effective form of manufacturing and supply chain management. Unfortunately, many supply chain entities do not understand or fail to grasp the full scope and concept of agility and how and it functions in relation and contrast to a lean supply chain. Let’s take a look at how the agile supply chain is quickly replacing the lean supply chain. Subscribe Here!

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A Tale of Two Procurement Books: Cox’s Sourcing Portfolio Analysis (Cox) & Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy (Keith et al.)

Supply Chain View from the Field

A new face of procurement is emerging which is recognizing that a new set of value drivers must be developed in the face of massive environmental changes. Some of the emerging views on the “future of procurement” focus on the importance of being a strong internal consultant, the importance of building relationships, coaching suppliers, post-award contract management, and relational contracting.