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 Cummins Power Generation Used Lean Six Sigma to Achieve Significant Transportation Savings

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This often requires a major shift in thinking – from the top down – and for many, implementing a formal process improvement methodology such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Lean Six Sigma is about not simply accepting the old way of doing things, but asking “Why do I do that?” A worldwide provider of electrical power generation systems, Cummins Power Generation (Cummins) uses Six Sigma (6S) as its primary continuous improvement methodology.

Lean Six Sigma Training


Lean Six Sigma Training focuses on the improvement of the quality of numerous process outputs. Lean Six Sigma Training also helps instill a very lean problem solving culture. Lean Six Stigma Training utilizes a hands-on approach. These results include reduced supply chain and logistics costs. Lean Six Sigma Training offers a wide range of interactive exercises, workouts and subjects. The Lean Six Sigma Training approach is very popular.

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Lean Six Sigma is designed to be a comprehensive program. This creates a challenge when trying to describe what Lean and Six Sigma have to offer when combined. This is especially true in logistics, given its hands-on focus on operations.

Six Sigma Methods in Logistics

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Supply Chain Challenges Logistics Systems KANE Company Culture“Streamline.” Optimize.” Deep Dive.” These buzzwords are some of the worst offenders in terms of overuse and annoyance. But despite the eye-rolls they trigger from business professionals these days, they are actually pretty good words.

5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives

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My particular improvement soapbox is Lean Management with some Six Sigma thrown in for good measure. The principles can be applied to anything, just like Lean and Six Sigma. Implementing Lean, or Six Sigma, or Agile, or any other improvement tool requires learning, practice, revelation, realization, and modification. The post 5 Keys to Implementing Improvement Initiatives appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics.

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


CQI, TQM, Six-Sigma, Lean, etc. by John Westerveld. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money.

Kane Is Able Enhances Its Continuous Improvement Program with 34 Six Sigma Graduates

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May 16, 2014 - Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc.

5 Skills Necessary For Maximizing Logistics Effectiveness


. Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for managing logistics effectiveness. In this article, I propose to have a look at several logistic skills that, besides the specific knowledge in this area, will help to maximize the logistics effectiveness. It is when an employee can honestly share his real views and thoughts regarding the problem or operational issue with all the performers involved in the logistics process.

Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction


Today we continue our series on successfully working with a logistics company, often called a third party logistics company by focusing on how to properly understand the success of the engagement by knowing all the key performance indicators that a shipper could put in place. We will then finalize the series on logistics key performance indicator success management with practical techniques to carry through the academic subjects we've covered thus far. .

How Shippers And Logistics Providers Can Keep The Relationship Fresh

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The relationship between a shipper and a logistics provider often starts as a transactional process. Lean Six Sigma is a way to not simply accept the old way of doing things, but to ask “ Why do I do that? ”

Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain


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.

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Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


Perfection (Lean principle: Six Sigma) : Continuously refine your inventory management processes to improve quality , cycle time, efficiency and cost ( Six Sigma: DMAIC. Lean inventory management uses the concepts of TQM and Six Sigma to eliminate.

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Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

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This SLA/KPI has to be negotiated and agreed upon by you and your 3PL partner.This negotiation time can take three (3) to Six (6) months. Chuck specializes in Supply Chain Optimization, Third Party Logistics (3PL) and International Purchasing and Importing Consulting. The post Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics.

Is it Time for Businesses to Rethink Path to Customer Satisfaction?

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Books have been written, tools like Six Sigma have been embraced, and most people seem to agree that companies retain customers by providing good service and poor customer service results in lost business. appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Further, the cost of acquiring new customers is much higher than maintaining positive relationships with existing customers. Data consistently supports these theories.

The Most Reliable Supply Chain…Without Technology?


They have the funds to access the latest technology, complete extensive R&D and implement new innovations surrounding logistics and supply chain management. They have it down to a science, and they really must all work together to maintain their six sigma performance.

Don’t Lose Your Balance on Electronic Recycling

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Kevin is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and has 35+ experience in Industrial Engineering in the electronics manufacturing and recycling business operations. The post Don’t Lose Your Balance on Electronic Recycling appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Lean Training: Keep It Simple

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Running a lean logistics operation is a great goal. lean six sigmaBut, if you’re not careful, programs designed to increase efficiency can become weighed down with bureaucracy, adding time and cost to your efforts. A good example is Lean training.

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Warehousing and Logistics


Warehousing and Logistics – Quality at the Source. In warehousing and logistics the goal is minimizing cost and fulfillment times, and initiating quality at the source is key to fulfill these goals. Improving Improvement Skills in Warehousing and Logistics.

Logistics Management


The Key to Customer Satisfaction in Lean Logistics Management. However, this really got me thinking about on-time performance and standards in logistics management– I wouldn’t be a true lean logistics professional if it didn’t. Lean and six sigma teach us these terms as the basis for achieving high quality service to our customers in logistics management. Be very honest and think critically when setting your metrics in logistics management.

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

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Through new optimized reporting capabilities, shippers and logistics providers are able to better analyze the potential effect of a natural disaster on their transportation network. It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain.

9 Key Topics to Understand to Frame A Shipper’s Mind for Effective KPI Management with a 3PL


This is the first post in an ongoing series on effective KPI management from third party logistics consultant, Chuck Intrieri, of The Lean Supply Chain. . A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a logistics service provider and a customer that specifies, usually in measurable terms, what services the logistics service provider will furnish. Many logistics service providers will provide their customers with an SLA.

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Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

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Perfection (Lean principle: Six Sigma) : Continuously refine your inventory management processes to improve quality , cycle time, efficiency and cost (Six Sigma: DMAIC). Lean inventory management uses the concepts of TQM and Six Sigma to eliminate.

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5 Outstanding Transport & Logistics Book for Managers

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Are you a transportation and logistics professional who are looking for inspiring ideas to improve the operations? This article will show you 5 amazing logistics books that provide the information you can really use. However, they asked "What are some good transport and logistics book you''d recommend?". Theoretically, logistics is a function inside supply chain management that monitors and controls flows between each supply chain member.

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The 3 Strategic Focus Areas for Logistics Collaboration. The three strategic focus areas for logistics collaboration are: Teamwork. Increasingly, in logistics and supply chain management, it is well known that more cross-functional teamwork is required.

Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

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The much-anticipated emergence of managed analytics in transportation logistics is transforming how companies leverage not only their individual supply chains but also that of the transportation community to discover untapped value to customers and stakeholders.

Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

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Adam Russell, former group leader and Six Sigma master black belt for Eastman Chemical Company, highlights this problem in a March 2012 article in Chemical Processing : The chemical industry boasts plenty of people with good analytical and problem-solving skills. Take, for instance, Six Sigma black belts. Supply Chain & Logistics Trends complexity Elemica Lean process industries value stream mapping waste

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


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. Logistics Warehouse warehouse cost reductions

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


To drive further value, look for technology providers in the logistics and supply chain space who can integrate these systems together. Utilize Six Sigma’s DMAIC : Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve any problems or roadblocks.

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Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives


A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money. Labor costs are typically the largest expense in the warehouse, and in many operations, such as third-party logistics providers (3PLs), it can account for up to 50% of a warehouse's total operating costs. 3PL Logistics Supply Chain Warehouse warehouse cost savings

7 Strategic Performance Business Practices with 3PL KPIs and 4 KPI Problems to Solve


The logistics service level agreement and Quarterly Business Review (QBR) should be detailed with specific 3PL KPIs. At times, both parties agree to remuneration for Kaizen Blitz events, Six Sigma problem solving. Six Sigma Quality and problem solving are necessary for Continuous Improvement. Solution 2 : Helping managers and employees to understand the meaning of their KPIs is conducted through workshops run by a logistics service provider.

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Preparing for the Future of Supply Chains

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Much like the most successful business philosophies (lean, six sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM)) a handful of individuals acting alone won’t—and can’t—affect company-wide changes for the better—it takes an organizational shift. Rather than focusing solely on getting items out the door, your warehouse teams now have to be concerned with the entire product journey, not to mention reverse logistics.

Lean Defined: What is Waste? (In Logistics)


In Logistics). While much has been studied about these wastes in a manufacturing environment, relatively little is mentioned of the wastes in logistics. This trade-off describes our challenge to manage total logistics cost. Image via Wikipedia. Lean Defined: What is Waste? (In

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Operational Excellence: Streamlining the Warehouse Layout Process

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Structural considerations such as the number and location of loading docks and the variety of vehicles needing to access the building are all important logistical aspects of the warehouse, but designing the layout inside the warehouse requires a much deeper understanding.

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

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And the logistics industry has countless IT solutions. Some examples of some popular BPR tools are LEAN, Lean Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, etc. He spends his time consulting and writing B2B marketing content helping transportation and logistics companies develop and implement their B2B blogging strategies. Alex has over 25 years of experience in transportation and logistics operational, customer service, and business development positions.