When you read the words “supply chain”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? How would you define “supply chain” to someone who had never heard the term before? I think your answer to these questions actually reveals a lot more than you might think about your beliefs and views on supply […]
The people in your organization are the secret keys to improving your businesses bottom line results. Many of us, including myself, have gone to a lean six sigma training course to learn the tools necessary to improve our organization, and although this is great and we learned a lot of valuable tools, we need to […]
A November 2012 survey found that distribution center managers understand that their warehouses aren’t entirely optimal, but they lack the time, resources and strategies to greatly improve operations. Specifically, the survey found that mid-sized warehouses (approximately 50 workers) lose almost 3,000 hours a year due to workforce inefficiencies. Additionally, while 89 percent of those surveyed […]
Be a more effective leader and drive operational excellence. Learn at your own pace, on your own time. Enrollment is now open for “Lean Leadership: Building the Lean Culture.” This is the first course to début in LeanCor’s online training program and the only one remotely like it on the market today. The course is […]
In this episode of Exploring Lean, Julia Kirby interviews Robert Martichenko, CEO of LeanCor about the differences between traditional and lean leadership styles. He explains why it’s important for a lean leader to understand the roots of traditional thought within an organization.
While many companies have embraced lean in manufacturing processes, they have yet to un-tap the wealth of opportunity lean brings to the supply chain. Read Robert’s Knowledge Base in the January Logistics Planner issue of Inbound Logistics.
‘Eliminating Operational Silos’ isn’t something new to the world of Lean. This is a tried and true method, a baseline if you will, for eliminating waste and aligning your company’s vision to build a Lean Fulfillment Stream. (If the term “lean fulfillment stream” isn’t familiar to you, I would highly encourage you to check out […]
March 21-22, 2013 | Florence, KY Keeping with the true spirit of PDCA, we have improved this workshop to include additional gemba time – both in the Operations Center and now at a Lean Fulfillment Center warehouse! Modeled after the Shingo- award winning workbook Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream, this dynamic and highly interactive workshop teaches […]
In my time spent onsite with the customer implementing PFEP (Plan-For-Every-Part) and advanced material flow techniques, I often was pulled into other projects. One of these projects was an effort to increase productivity (labor effectiveness, specifically) in a series of sub-assemblies. We were working on a single, mixed-model assembly line which was scheduled with a […]