15 Dos and Don'ts of Worksite Observation for Supply Chain Leaders

Worksite observation, or "going to the gemba" in lean terms, is a supply chain leader's powerful tool for continuous improvement. If supply chain leaders don’t "go see" and gather facts, they may have a misinterpretation of what is really happening in the workplace. This can lead to subjective decision making and ineffective improvement efforts. 

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Plan For Every Part: The Difference Between Traditional and LEAN Material Presentation Methods

LeanCor's supply chain consultants often find that material presentation is one of the last things companies think of when setting up a work cell or assembly line. Material presentation is a critical part of Plan For Every Part (PFEP) that should minimize excessive movement while maximizing productivity.

Here are some differences between traditional and lean presentation methods:

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LeanCor CEO to Present Executive Track Session at 2018 Shingo Conference

Join this special landmark celebration of 30 years of Shingo Conferences on operational excellence. 

LeanCor CEO Robert Martichenko will present an Executive Track session called "Discovering Hidden Profit - Lessons in Leadership" on April 11 (day one of the conference). 

The senior leadership-geared Executive Track will discuss organizational change experiences with experts.

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Tips to Improve Your Warehouse Picking Efficiency

Order picking is the process of pulling inventory in the warehouse to fill a customer order. "Given the centrality of the order fulfillment function, order picking and replenishment operations often represent more than 50% of total DC labor costs. As a result, if a shipper can speed-up its order picking operations it can increase volume and reduce distribution costs as a percent of sales" (Supply Chain Digest).

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Warehouse Design Checklist: What to Consider 

LeanCor_062015_0096.jpgInbound and outbound warehouses are the bridges that drive flow in the supply chain. But designing one is a complicated process with building, financial, and storage factors. Here are four lists of criteria to consider when undergoing a warehouse design:

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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 to Facilitate Supply Chain Training Workshop at LEI's 2018 Lean Transformation Summit

What does it mean to be a better employer? Are you doing everything you can to develop your team? (How do you know?) Do you need new tactics?

Regardless of your position within your organization, everyone holds the responsibility to build a better company. This is what the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) will be exploring, sharing, and learning when the lean community gathers in Nashville for the Lean Transformation Summit, March 26 and 27.

Consulting Director Derek Browning will facilitate a workshop on "Building the Lean Fulfillment Stream" on Wednesday, March 28 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. 

Register now and secure your seat!

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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. This new white paper breaks down that effect, implications for business leaders across all industries, and things to consider before following suit.

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

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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