Derek Browning

Derek has ten years of supply chain and logistics experience, including transactional transportation management, performing logistics network and route designs, supply chain and facility assessments, lean cross-dock and distribution center projects, people development, and the deployment of lean principles and practices in cross-functional areas. These areas include: logistics and warehousing, purchasing, human resources, creative design and marketing, accounting and finance, sales, and executive leadership teams. Derek has trained thousands of students and professionals in lean, six-sigma, and supply chain through LeanCor’s Training and Education courses as well as the University of Kentucky, Saint Louis University, Georgia Tech University, and Monterrey Tec’s Extension Campus in Mexico City, Mexico.

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New White Paper: Someone Keeps Changing the Channel: Exploring Omni-Channel Distribution Strategies

Weekly, monthly, and quarterly business reviews have consumer product companies asking themselves, “What should we do?” In today’s economy, they are caught in the middle of a price and service war amidst e-commerce giant Amazon and other major big-box retailers. 

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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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5 Supply Chain Projects That Could Drive Millions to Your Bottom Line

Every budget cycle I hear supply chain professionals asked to squeeze more from the already-dry towel laying on their desk.  International competition and customer pressures are driving prices down, and shareholders are still expecting the same returns.  To say this is a new trend would be a lie, but the brave new world we live in makes it harder for supply chain managers to sandbag and deliver results. They have to think differently about their supply chain. 

Here are five supply chain projects in which I've participated that have driven major results for organizations looking to take their supply chain to the next level.

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C-Suite Spotlight Series: What is Zero Based Budgeting and What Does It Mean For Your Supply Chain?

"In manufacturing, zero-based budgeting doesn't just look at materials, but it challenges all the services and functions that are performed by the company."

As the chief financial officer of Harris & Ford LLC, a major chemical distributor, Charles works to improve the firm’s global distribution and logistics services to leading Fortune 500 companies in the food, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.

One business trend Charles often now sees is zero-based budgeting -- a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. We interviewed Charles about zero-based budgeting and how it's affecting supply chain.

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C-Suite Spotlight Series: How to Get Better Results From Your Suppliers

"I have the pulse of my floor, do we have the pulse of our suppliers' floors? Are they moving the needle forward?"

As CFO for Bonfiglioli USA, a leader in global power transmission and control in Hebron, KY, Scott Guy is passionate about continuous improvement. Consistently recognized for analyzing complex business problems, Scott's everyday role requires making tough decisions while considering their long-term effects to the bottom line. 

One way Scott contributes to Bonfiglioli's growth and profitability is through its supplier base. We interviewed Scott on how he's formed partnerships with suppliers who share Bonfiglioli's core values, and ensures their development towards mutual success. 

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Building the Layers of Lean Construction

Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable. 

Now, he's hung up his consulting shoes for some steel-toes and bought a middle contracting company servicing sub contractors in the commercial construction industry.

Using his lean background, Kirk is transforming his commercial contracting company in the midst of an industry where lean thinking can be rare. With complex supply chains and custom, varied projects, there's little room for standardization, PDCA or measurement.

We interviewed Kirk on what he's seeing in the construction industry and where lean thinking can help it improve.

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What's on Your Supply Chain Wish List This Holiday Season?

Christmas is coming.  It's this time of year that many executives are wrapping up this year's activities, reflecting on this year's results, and planning for next year. 

We want to stay connected to you, and hear about how you wish to advance your supply chain in the new year. 

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The Supply Chain Talent Gap: Are We Addressing the Wrong Problem?

Yesterday, while planning a supply chain forum with some industry partners, I heard a resounding cry, “We need supply chain people!"  Today, I sat down at my desk and an online article referred to the 6:1 ratio of supply chain job openings to capable candidates. I'm sensing a theme here.

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To Automate or Not Automate in Warehousing? A 50-Year Payback Period in the Making

“Our warehousing and distribution aren’t sophisticated enough” James said, as he shuffled through a pile of applications on his desk. “Our people are great, don’t get me wrong. But all we give them to work with are racks and shelves. No automation, no carousels, no flow racking, no conveyors. Our warehousing and distribution lack sophistication.”

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