Lean Guiding Principles

3 Factors for Success for the Consumer Packaged Goods Supply Chain

Consumer Goods, Industries, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
March 5, 2013

In the recent troubling economic times, the primary supply chain challenge was fairly clear: reduce costs. The recession called us to manage more tightly, to do more with less, and to find cost savings wherever they may be. While much of the supply c...

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How Can Lean Labor Management Reduce Common Warehouse Problems?

Industrial Manufacturing, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain, Warehousing & Distribution Management
February 19, 2013

The supply chain offers tremendous opportunity to improve productivity through the principles of Lean Labor Management. Warehouse managers usually agree on the two main challenges faced in their facilities: Workforce turnover Variation and fluc...

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Lean Labor Management Gives Retail an Edge

Lean Guiding Principles, Retail, Supply Chain
January 15, 2013

Lean philosophy may have its roots in manufacturing, but today its principles go way beyond the shop floor. Many successful organizations are implementing lean practices across different areas of their operations to improve quality and productivity t...

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5 Ways to Increase Employee Involvement in Continuous Improvement Programs

Lean Guiding Principles
December 21, 2012

Implementing lean concepts into your labor management program can be tricky. Employees can be hesitant to change because of the uncertainty on how it might affect them. So it could take some time and effort to get employees to support the new directi...

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5 Key Rules of Vested Outsourcing

Lean Guiding Principles, Network Design, Supply Chain
December 14, 2012

Is there a better way to outsource? That is the question that the US Air Force asked University of Tennessee researchers. As part of a research project funded by the Air Force, researchers studied some of the world’s most successful outsourcing re...

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Ways to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk

Industrial Manufacturing, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
November 21, 2012

In the past year, we have seen multiple natural disasters that have shown us just how fragile supply chains can be, even with all of the modern technology we have today. There has been flooding in Thailand, earthquakes in Japan, and now Hurricane San...

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6 Resources for Lean Education

Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
November 7, 2012

Lean concepts help organizations eliminate waste and build in quality by challenging employees to find efficiencies in their everyday jobs and by completing their work correctly the first time. Lean concepts can be implemented in just about any area ...

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5 Easy Steps to a Value Stream Mapping Process

Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
August 6, 2012

Value Stream Mapping Process Value Stream Mapping is an effective way to identify and eliminate waste in your supply chain and can have dramatic implications when implemented correctly. These 5 steps will walk you the process of creating your...

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The Benefits of Implementing a Lean Supply Chain

Industrial Manufacturing, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
July 24, 2012

Given the challenges of moving products from Point A to Point B in an increasingly complex marketplace, implementing a lean culture is the key to delivering long-term customer value and outstanding business performance, quarter-after-quarter, year-af...

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Reduce Warehouse Costs with a Lean Approach to Labor

Lean Guiding Principles, Retail, Warehousing & Distribution Management
July 21, 2012

While the concept of Lean originates in the manufacturing space, its concepts apply across an array of industries. One example is in the retail industry. The retail industry uses Lean concepts to reduce waste and increase quality within the suppl...

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