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? We want to help our customers succeed in their quest for lean and operational excellence. Relative to our topic today, Lean Warehousing, is it a big part of your operations? Robert: I suspect many people think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron.

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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. The fact is, particularly with the growth of the global supply chain and extended lead times, lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain. 2, or tactical lean warehousing. Are you practicing lean warehousing?

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Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

Talking Logistics

Even the most determined business optimist would be hard-pressed not to find a warehousing cost that isn’t creeping skyward. 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. In effect, a properly-executed lean philosophy acts as an insurance policy against every type of rising cost. Apply Lean to Your Physical Assets.

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How Lean is your Warehouse?

LeanCor

4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. The summer is coming to an end – and so is our Summer Webinar series , It’s been a great couple of weeks talking with fellow lean thinkers, colleagues and partners in the supply chain and logistics industry who are all dedicated to the lean principles. 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.

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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? Flow: Understand how inventory flows in your warehouse and apply Lean principle: 5S to clear any obstacles that do not add up.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A motor manufacturer’s warehouse space and on-hand materials were growing exponentially as it received, processed, and stored material for potential future use. As a result, warehoused inventory increased from one to seven warehouses due to lack of a defined inventory and replenishment strategy. The motor company desired the right mix of on-hand SKUs in order to optimize material flow from one warehouse instead of the seven it currently operated.

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Lean Logistics

LeanCor

Why is PDCA Important in Lean Logistics? In lean logistics (or any field), PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) allows individuals and teams to thoughtfully review an operation for problems or opportunities, and experiment with ways to improve the situation. But these are output measures that don’t look at what’s really happening with lean logistics processes. Procedures: Standard work in lean logistics for how to report and correct problems and waste.

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Logistics Warehousing

LeanCor

Logistics warehousing should be considered only as one part of the total supply chain logistics strategy. The warehousing function should be a seamless component of this network. A logistics warehousing strategy should be lean, and should focus on the movement of the product, rather than old stop-and-go storage methods. Lean approaches to warehousing makes this possible, even in the ups and downs of the global economy.

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 on a 3PL to avoid warehouse staffing challenges

Kanban Logistics

For many shippers and manufacturers, warehouse staffing has long been a major supply chain challenge. In this article, we’ll examine 4 labor-related benefits that come with entrusting your warehousing operations to a third-party logistics provider (3PL).

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

Lean principles focus on eliminating waste from business processes. Taking a systems approach to inventory management is crucial when we begin our journey toward lean. Lean organizations focus on these three items from a different point of view. For example, in the absence of planned inventory strategy, warehousing and transportation functions will simply react to the daily operational situation. Lean is about the elimination of waste.

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Tips for Maximizing Warehouse Space

Cerasis

The 2018 State of Logistics Report , sponsored by 3PL Central , indicates warehousing models are evolving at a phenomenal rate. More importantly, demand for warehouse space is at an all-time high, and warehousing is still short two million workers. Optimize warehouse design.

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. Flow in the lean supply chain begins with customer usage.

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The Lean Warehouse: Top Down or Bottom Up?

Logistics Viewpoints

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. Bob Arndt, VP of Lean Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder Many potential customers want to make sure that a 3PL has […]. Ryder is a leading 3PL. Labor Learning & Leadership Logistics Service Providers

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Warehouse Operations

LeanCor

Lean Culture in a Warehouse Operations Setting. Many companies today are realizing that a lean culture is a more effective culture in regards to operations within a firm, such as warehousing, logistics, supply chain, etc. A lean cultural change is not something that can or will happen overnight. A lean cultural shift is a process that is methodic and will take some time to implement and complete. Lean Leadership Culture. Cultivating Lean Leaders.

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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.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. One specific type of lean warehousing that one of our customers has available to them comes in the form of a cross-dock. Being able to reduce the inventory levels at the plant is a huge benefit from lean warehousing. Embarking on lean warehousing, such as employing a cross-dock, is one such method to have more control of your network.

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6 Tried and True Best Practices for Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Taking a standard approach to lean warehousing drives tangible and measurable results. Here are six key practices that have proven successful in lean warehousing. There are several tools you can use to develop proper facility layout and material flow in lean warehousing. In lean warehousing, 5S creates a safe work environment, improves employee morale, teaches process discipline, improves process quality, and enables problem exposure.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

3 Tools to Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles. We often find companies (and suppliers to those companies) are skeptical of implementing lean manufacturing principles. If so, they have a field of opportunity for improvement through lean principles. Although the application of lean is virtually inexhaustible, here are three tools leveraging lean manufacturing principles to help you get started. By: Michael Burchett.

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Lean Principles and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

Logility

Many companies have high hopes when they set out to establish a Lean operating environment. A growing body of knowledge and experience indicates that advanced Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) may be the key ingredient for Lean success. Lean applied to supply chain operations is all about creating capabilities that efficiently move materials from raw through finished product, and then to the customer.

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Leaning Towards S&OP/ IBP

Logility

Many companies have high hopes when they set out to implement a Lean improvement program. A growing body of knowledge and experience indicates that Integrated Business Planning (IBP) may be the key ingredient for lean success. Lean is all about creating a physical environment that enables material to flow efficiently from raw through finished product to the customer. The perfect enabler for Lean success is called Integrated Business Planning.

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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. 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. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand "Hidden Costs" in the Warehouse Cost Reductions Quest.

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8 Common Warehousing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Logistics Bureau

To say there is any one single way in which to manage a warehouse would be folly—much depends on the nature of the supply chain and of the warehouse itself. To help you keep on top of your warehouse management and ensure your storage facilities don’t generate undue supply chain costs, take note of the following eight common warehousing mistakes. This doesn’t mean you have to invest in an expensive and over-complicated warehouse management system though.

Top Warehouses in North America 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

The top warehouses in North America were recently profiled in a great article by the fine folks at Modern Material Handling. When mapping a supply chain, I would always put a big red circle around the warehouse. Back then, a warehouse was always suspected of being a big waste of money. In lean consulting, you would often find excess inventory, rework, over processing and other wasteful practices inside a warehouse. The 7 Warehouse Service Offerings.

COVID-19: Applying Lean to the Warehouse

EnVista

Do More with Less Within the 4 Walls of the Warehouse. One of the simplest approaches to solving supply chain constraints, such as a reduced labor force, is the application of Lean principles. We recognize that times are tumultuous and every organization is facing significant operational disruptions due to COVID-19. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are looking to ramp up production to get the goods we as consumers need during this time.

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Lean in the Back Office … Why is it so difficult?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! Implementing a Lean program on the Manufacturing floor, in a Warehouse operation, or in a Distribution Centre is challenging enough. In one company I was a part of no one knew what Lean was. Subscribe Here!

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

ToolsGroup

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 ”. Based on MIT's five-year, fourteen-country study – one of the largest and most thorough ever undertaken -- the book describes the entire managerial system of lean production. In the last twenty plus years “lean thinking” has fundamentally changed the way many companies, and sometimes whole industries, operate.

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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. This increase in stock means there will be an increased need for the warehouses to store it. feet of new warehouse space will be needed every year for the next 2-3 years. The wholesale retailer is strengthening up it’s last mile efforts, while simultaneously increasing its warehousing capacity.

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10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations

Cerasis

It goes without saying that warehouses need to find ways to prioritize workplace safety for the health and productivity of the workforce. The following is our top 10 list of ways warehouses can drive more efficient and productive warehouse operations: Consider Automation. Not only can robotic automation help manufacturers achieve greater warehouse productivity, but it can also drive significant cost savings as compared to employing workers. According to the U.S.

Inbound Warehousing

LeanCor

Stability and Visibility for Inbound Warehousing. By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. For firms today, a universal struggle is the synchronization of inbound shipments with inbound warehousing activities, as well as outbound warehousing activities. These actions will lead to a more well rounded, lean and agile supply chain that can help grow with the needs of the customer(s) involved.

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? Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

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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. 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.

Which Warehouse Locations Are Lean and Lucrative?

Supply Chains Rock

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

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Real-World Scenario: Best Practices for Warehouse Contracts: Part One

Cerasis

When it comes to the logistics industry, whether it's transportation management contracts or warehouse contracts, there are a million moving parts, and as many questions. In the below is a real world example of a consultant coming to a third party logistics company with the goal of choosing a warehouse and 3pl provider. Currently they incur a annual spend of USD 380-420 Million for their warehousing needs, of which ~60% spend is for brand new six warehouses (average space of 1.5

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