How Do Lean and Six Sigma Work Together?

Lean and six sigma are industry-recognized philosophies for business improvement.  When applied to supply chain, they can drive impactful results. While six sigma is highly process-focused, supply chain is focused on the entire value stream, from process to process. This can present challenges in applying six sigma in a supply chain environment.  Lean six sigma combines both lean and six sigma methodologies together, in order to eliminate waste and improve upon processes. This can be done through reducing waste caused by transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction and over-processing, as well as minimizing defects in manufactured products.

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LeanCor in Inbound Logistics Magazine - The Cosmetic Supply Chain

"Countless SKUs, fickle consumers, and multi-channel distribution drive cosmetics companies to take on a supply chain makeover." - Inbound Logistics

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Speed, Big Box, and the Great Unknown: 3 Hot Topics in Furniture Supply Chain

"From trans-oceanic freight to truck driver shortages, from deteriorating domestic infrastructure to last mile headaches, the furniture industry faces supply chain bottlenecks that create a disconnect between manufacturer and retailer abilities and consumer expectations." - Furniture Today Magazine

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Lean Inbound Logistics: The Key to an Advanced Supply Chain

In this comprehensive white paper, LeanCor CEO Robert Martichenko shares 10 proven insights from his early days supporting Toyota that have paved the way for today’s advanced supply chains.

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On-Demand Webinar with CSCMP: Creating the Connected Enterprise

Creating a connected enterprise is a challenge business leaders have attempted to overcome for years.

In this free, 1-hour webinar, start seeing your business in a new light as CSCMP and LeanCor discuss how today’s companies are advancing supply chain performance to create the connected enterprise and discover hidden profit.

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DC Velocity: For Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and LeanCor Supply Chain Group, the Feeling is Mutual


Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) and LeanCor Supply Chain Group simultaneously act as buyer and supplier to each other—to the benefit of both.

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Hi-Tech: The Future of Consumer Electronics Supply Chains

We all know the joke: "I just bought the brand new [insert electronic device here] and it’s already obsolete!" Product life cycles are shortening, consumers are the most educated they’ve ever been, and their expectations are continually increasing.  My colleagues in supply chain are scrambling to evolve their supply chains to accommodate the challenges. After several interviews and a few transformational projects, I wanted to share my findings.

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Making Safety a Top Priority for the Whole Operation

In this special post, Plant Lean Manager Todd Markward from Select Comfort (manufacturer of Sleep Number and Comfortaire beds), shares how his team made a few simple improvements to their value stream mapping process that shifted the entire operation's focus to safety as a top priority.

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Demand Driven: Preparing for Now and the Future in Supply Chain

The “Amazon effect,” is demanding more out of supply chains everywhere. In this new white paper, LeanCor Consulting Director, Brent Rogers, breaks down that effect, implications for business leaders across all industries, and things to consider before following suit.

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Executive Spotlight Series: Connecting Silos Within a 9,000-Mile Supply Chain


As Vice President of Industrial and Supply Chain Strategy at Camso -- a multinational tire and rubber manufacturer with four business units and a 9,000-mile supply chain -- Joe Schnippert is faced with his share of daily challenges.  Amid port strikes, long lead times, and manufacturing line disruptions,  Camso has continually kept customer service in the forefront and maintained an aggressive focus on operational excellence. 

We interviewed Joe to learn about some best practices that have helped pave the way forward. 

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