Lean Guiding Principles

Value Stream Mapping: The Path to Logistics Savings Part 2

Lean Guiding Principles, Oil and Gas, Supply Chain
August 20, 2015

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) takes a 50,000-foot view of the business – from order creation to delivery – with the hopes of potential returns of up to 10 times the investment. It taps key resources, discusses the business in ways not previously con...

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Value Stream Mapping: The Path to Logistics Savings Part 1

Lean Guiding Principles, Oil and Gas
August 12, 2015

Imagine saving millions of dollars each year just by taking a 50,000-foot view of your business from order creation to order delivery. Would it be worth exploring? Nine out of ten logistics executives don’t know because they’ve never explored ...

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It’s Time for your Retail Supply Chain to get LEAN

Lean Guiding Principles, Retail, Supply Chain
August 5, 2015

When was the last time you truly evaluated your supply chain? Do you know the different types of waste that can weaken it especially during peak season? Do you know the five principles that can strengthen it? Redundant processes and high levels of...

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How LEAN can improve Healthcare Logistics

Healthcare, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
July 14, 2015

When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, much of the attention focused on the millions of Americans who would now have access to medical care. Yet, this influx of new patients has translated into a higher demand for supplies. With...

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Five Tips for a LEAN Refresher for the Retail Season

Lean Guiding Principles, Retail, Supply Chain, Warehousing & Distribution Management
July 9, 2015

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. After all, systems were in place and all seemed to be running smoot...

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Discover How LEAN Supply Chains Improve Efficiencies, Cut Costs

Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
May 12, 2015

There’s a simple mantra in LEAN supply chain management: If it doesn't add value, it's eliminated. This was true when Henry Ford envisioned an efficient auto assembly line, and later with the standardized processes that led to the Toyota Motor C...

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LEAN: 5 Keys to a Healthy Medical Supply Chain

Healthcare, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
April 7, 2015

The healthcare industry faces a variety of challenges in its efforts to drive process improvement and maintain low costs, all without compromising patient care. One target area often overlooked is, one of the largest cost drivers in the organization:...

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

Lean Guiding Principles, Retail
November 3, 2014

The secret to paying associates more while reducing costs. What if you could pay associates and employees more while saving money with a system that pays for itself? (For example, with every dollar you save, you reinvest 25 cents back into the progr...

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5 tips for cultivating talent & driving excellence in a lean environment

Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain, Value Added Services, Warehousing & Distribution Management
July 10, 2014

The key to a successful Lean transformation: we journey as far as our people take us A brief recap In my last two posts, I recounted the journey of an automotive retail customer in crisis. Struggling with spiraling customer complaints, safet...

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Five Tips For Keeping the Commitment to Sustaining Lean Strong

Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain, Value Added Services
July 3, 2014

Most companies that implement Lean programs understand the value a Lean culture can bring. As a result, Lean initiatives typically launch with great fanfare and management support. As early successes rack up, enthusiasm runs high and engagement is st...

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