Managing for Daily Improvement: Bridging the Gap Across Teams and KPIs

Talking Logistics

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) thrives on the notion that there is always room for improvement, and it looks to eliminate defects that can hinder the flow of a process from moving toward its performance end goal.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

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


Editor's Note: As of late you may have noticed we have written a lot about procurement and the future of procurement. A large part of procurement is finalizing the contract and then the follow through of the determined deliverables in that agreement. The next step in procurement is then managing vendors and keeping service providers accountable for continued improvement. Six Sigma’s DMAIC , PDCA and VSM should be used as well to solve problems and gain opportunities.

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


Use the Item Master of the ERP System to set inventory turns to six to eight turns, set minimum/maximum inventories, re-order points and lead times. For instance, if the customer and employee feedback show that product quality issues are prevalent, Lean Six Sigma has to be improved.

The Essential Reference Guide for a Supply Chain Leader


2) Implement Continuous Improvement Projects ( Lean, Process Capability, Six Sigma ) with Key Strategic Suppliers to Drive Cost-Out and Supply Base Capability. . Dr. Muddassir Ahmed is a Manufacturing Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain leader from international multi-site manufacturing experience in Electrical, Hydraulics and Internet industries. Editor's Note: Today's blog is by Dr. Muddassir Ahmed of

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain


Developing Standard Work is one of the more difficult Lean Six Sigma disciplines; however, if efficiently developed, it should allow virtually anyone to perform the work without any variance in the desired output.

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What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation


Supply chain management is the cornerstone of procurement, production and facilities management. Many Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma Methodologies champion this while calling for process improvement and business optimization through faster, safer and more comprehensive approaches.

4 Common Supply Chain Cost Blowouts

Logistics Bureau

How to fix the problem: Some measures that your company can take to prevent supply chain cost blowouts as a result of inefficiency include: Implement a continuous improvement program, such as lean or Six Sigma. Naturally, there is the direct cost of procuring and holding the inventory. The expense of freight transportation can also be a source of supply chain blowouts. Inefficient use of transportation modes. Renegotiating freight-transportation contracts.

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders


Whether it is access to data, maneuvering around competing innovation objectives, tracking down actual factory-floor operators, or involving oft-neglected procurement groups, there are internal bottlenecks everywhere.

Supply Chain Education: What Skills Do Your Staff Need?

Logistics Bureau

The SCLA program delves into the peculiarities of some of these special cases, such as beverage distribution, humanitarian logistics , and transportation of perishable goods. Continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma.

8 Uses for Supply Chain Benchmarking and Their Most Valuable Benefits

Logistics Bureau

You may not wish to benchmark your entire supply chain, but perhaps have a need to improve performance in discrete functions , such as warehousing, distribution centre processes, or transportation. Transportation fuel consumption.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

For mature supply chain organizations, it is a natural extension of six sigma. These can be shift in the channel, issues in manufacturing, increasing variability in transportation, or a shift in commodity prices. Alternate Bill of Materials and Alternate Sourcing: The more alternatives that exist through the manufacturing and procurement processes, the easier it is to design the supply chain to absorb cost and supplier variability. My iphone buzzed on my nightstand.