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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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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LeanCor Featured in Furniture Today Magazine

LeanCor's Director of Account Management for LeanCor Logistics, Ashley Yentz, was featured in Furniture Today Magazine for its Feb 20 logistics article entitled “Managing pinch points: Industry watches for bottlenecks in furniture’s long supply chain.”

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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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LeanCor in Inbound Logistics: 6 Simple Metrics for Tracking and Improving Carrier Performance

"While transportation service providers vary in size and ability, having an overall strategy to track carrier performance can drive long‐term operational and financial stability.

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NEW Episode 2 of the Discovering Hidden Profit Podcast: Setting Macro-Level Business Goals

Discovering Hidden Profit: The Podcast is a must-listen for CEOs and executives dealing with continuous industry disruption and increased business complexity.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with the authors of the groundbreaking new business book, Discovering Hidden Profit by Peter Marks and Robert Martichenko. Timely and informative, this podcast reveals an operational blueprint for business leaders to achieve the next level of system-wide improvement and collaboration required in today’s world of constant change and challenge.

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NEW! Discovering Hidden Profit: The Podcast

Discovering Hidden Profit: The Podcast is a must-listen for CEOs and executives dealing with continuous industry disruption and increased business complexity.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with the authors of the groundbreaking new business book, Discovering Hidden Profit by Peter Marks and Robert Martichenko. Timely and informative, this podcast reveals an operational blueprint for business leaders to achieve the next level of system-wide improvement and collaboration required in today’s world of constant change and challenge.

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5 More Things We Learned About the S&OP Process

As a 360 degree integration tool between all functional departments, sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the operational blue‐print of the organization for profitably matching supply and demand. It brings functional silos together to develop a cohesive set of plans to deliver maximum value to the customer at the lowest total cost.

While effective in theory, putting S&OP into practice can be challenging for many organizations. And although S&OP pertains mostly to manufacturing facilities and tangible products, it can have significant impacts to service industries as well.

In our recent webinar, "How to Master S&OP for Simplifying Your Supply Chain," we learned how to take a more proactive and collaborative approach to managing supply chain complexity with S&OP.

 

Here are five more tips we learned about the S&OP process...

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NOW AVAILABLE: Discovering Hidden Profit

 

Discovering Hidden Profit by Robert Martichenko and Peter Marks is now available to purchase (hard copy or e-book) in the LeanCor Store or on Amazon!

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4 Tips For Leading Your First Value Stream Mapping Event

Experienced lean leaders acknowledge that the path of continuous improvement is never ending. Building upon a 100+ year-old foundation, our careers are shaped by countless hours in meeting rooms or at the Gemba - tackling problems that are as diverse as the industries and people we serve. But what about lean's newer leaders? 

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