What is Vendor Managed Inventory and Why Should You Care?

Most people in the logistics and supply chain industry have heard the term before. Vendor Managed Inventory or VMI is a process where the vendor creates orders for their customers based on demand information that they receive from the customer which then determines inventory levels, fill rates and costs. But why should you care? With the implementation of an effective vendor…

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Top Incentives For Implementing LEAN Manufacturing

The Top Incentives For Implementing Lean Manufacturing Lean manufacturing has many perceived benefits: greater efficiency, helpful to the environment, and so on. As a manufacturer, how do those benefits really affect you where it matters most? Here’s a look at some of the top reasons to switch to lean manufacturing, including lower costs, higher productivity and more. Better bottom line.…

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Moneyball Logistics

Since Bill Lewis’ best selling book, Moneyball and the ensuing movie starring Brad Pitt came out, light bulbs have been going off for business leaders everywhere as they begin to draw parallels between the form of statistical analysis Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane used to take a small market team with a bleak outlook to a consistent contender and…

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Strategies to Reduce Over-Processing

No one starts out with the goal of being disorganized. Additionally, most processes aren’t designed to be cumbersome. They just get that way. Putting it in software terms, what starts as a simple “point and click” operation in Version 1 can get three and four levels deep by Version 3 or 4. What happens is that, over time, processes and…

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Harnessing the Power of Lean

In November, Industry Week published an excellent article by Josh Cable, highlighting an interview with lean practitioner Jim Byrne, author of The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company. The gist of the article is that while adopting lean principles can have a positive impact on any organization, manufacturing or otherwise, very…

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Inefficient Workflows Go Unchecked by Management

In the current economy every dollar counts. As a result, the quest to do things better, faster and more efficiently is never-ending. In fact, as a recent article in Material Handling & Logistics states, “Recent research by Intermec reveals that in the last six months alone, nearly eight out of ten (79%) warehouse managers have been tasked with finding an…

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Applying Lean Principles in Process Industries

Interested in some outside perspective on applying Lean and Six Sigma process improvements in a Process Manufacturing environment? In, Applying Lean Principles in Process Industries, posted recently by Reliable Plant, the author puts forth the argument that although Lean and Six Sigma were pioneered by discrete manufacturers, the principles can be applied in a Process Manufacturing environment as well, stating,…

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