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Lean Logistics Summit Kicks Off in June

The Lean Logistics Summit kicks of on June 22 in Cincinnati. The Summit will gather the world’s leading authorities on the subject of lean logistics. Authors, researchers, and company representatives actually on their own lean logistics journey will share their insights. Learn from them and learn from your peers as you network with like-minded professionals. Sessions of interest to warehousing and distribution professionals might include “A Case Study in Lean Distribution,” by Sarah Giffin, Sr. Operations Improvement Manager of CEVA Logistics on 6/22. Also, check out “Implementing Lean Inside the Logistics Facility” later that day. The summit costs $995, but use the code “leannation” for a 25% discount.

I’m also linking up a white paper, “Mapping a lean strategy” (PDF) on that site, which may be worth your downloading/reading time. According to that paper, lean supply chain definitions may include:

  • Achieving customer satisfaction by performing only processes that create customer value;
  • Respecting people by ensuring that all workers perform value-creating activities;
  • Achieving vision through disciplined strategy deployment;
  • Eliminating waste through continuous improvement and rigorous application of the “Plan-Do- Check-Act” (PDCA) cycle;
  • Reducing inventories in order to expose organizational weaknesses and reduce waste;
  • Eliminating overproduction by producing in response to the “pull” of the customer;
  • Reducing total lead time through one-piece flow and just-in-time inventory systems;
  • Building a stable supply chain that is visible, predictable, and responsive by using disciplined processes;
  • Using first-time-quality to prevent errors from becoming defects;
  • Ensuring that the supply chain acts in rhythm with customer demand (the actual rate of customer demand);
  • Applying systems thinking through an understanding that a business is a series of interdependent functions that act as a total system; and
  • Fostering collaboration to ensure that everyone is working toward common goals.

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Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.

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