Go and See the Lean Supply Chain

Learn by doing in an operating distribution center.

Supply Chain Management, Distribution, Logistics, Education & Learning

Go and See the Lean Supply Chain 23-24 Sep 2014 LeanCor LLC, Florence, United States
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This workshop is part of our new series of special programs which combine classroom learning with practical experience at the gemba. The workshop is conducted at the LeanCor Supply Chain Group Operational Center in Florence, Kentucky to allow the program attendees to see firsthand how lean principles are applied to logistics and supply chain processes. Keeping with the true spirit of PDCA we have improved this workshop to include additional gemba time- both in the Operations Center and at a local manufacturing facility.

Workshop Description:

Lean is commonly misunderstood as a manufacturing application without much regard to supply chain and logistics. A lean organization is focused on adding value to the customer, problem solving, continuous improvement, and learning- characteristics necessary for all business functions. Thus, connecting lean to the entire supply chain network is required in a complete lean enterprise.

Modeled after the Shingo- award winning workbook Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream, this dynamic and highly interactive workshop teaches how to apply lean to the supply chain and logistics function.

The workshop highlights the critical elements and "must know" concepts of lean as they apply to the supply chain and logistics. It also provides you with the tools necessary to solve problems, eliminate waste, decrease inventory and lead time to help you improve processes and create level flow, thus ultimately decreasing the total cost of fulfillment.

GO and SEE the Lean Supply Chain:

LeanCor Operations Center: View lean operations being used in inbound logistics engineering, transportation management, and material materials management. See firsthand how lean principles and best practices are applied to the logistics and supply chain processes.

LeanCor Lean Fulfillment Center: View a lean warehouse in operation. Warehousing is often plagued with processes that are abundant in waste - from material receiving to pick and pack to shipping operations. Flow of inventory, disciplined processes, and visual management are cornerstones of effective warehousing operations. See firsthand how lean principles reduce waste in warehousing operations.

Key Concepts- Total Cost of Fulfillment and Customer Collaboration:

Is anyone in your organization trying to calculate and minimize total cost of fulfillment for the entire supply chain? The answer is likely "no." Embracing the total cost of fulfillment changes the way managers think, with major benefits for all the firms along the supply chain. Once managers adopt the goal of minimizing the total cost of fulfillment, collaboration across functions and firms becomes an obvious necessity. This goal requires a joint examination of the entire supply chain to determine total costs as the chain currently functions. And it requires a joint effort to envision a better supply chain that can benefit all of the firms involved.

Use the Building a Lean Supply Chain workshop to discover how lean creates a platform for providing maximum value to your customer, and how your organization can gain a competitive edge in today's ever evolving workforce.

Learning Objectives:

Using Operational tours and an interactive and collaborative lean fulfillment steam simulation, students will learn how to:

Lean Fulfillment Stream Simulation will help you:

Value-Stream Map the extended enterprise

Calculate and make decisions based on "total cost of fulfillment" for the entire supply chain

Plan, calculate, and implement pull systems to drive matieral replenishment

Break down cross functional barriers for effective supply stream collaboration

Implement logistics concepts of increased delivery frequency, lot size reduction, and leveled flow

Operational tours will provide real-life examples of:

Lean for administrative offices that support logistics activites

Planning and executing lean logistics networks

Effective route design and carrier acquisition techniques

Lean concepts applied in warehouse functions

Labor planning and monitoring activity

Warehouse observational safety practices


By applying the concepts and principles learned in this workshop, you will be able to:

Improve supplier performance and accountability

Improve customer satisfaction and customer relationships

Drive lean supply-stream management and lean logistics through your organization

Reduce the total cost of fulfillment through the reduction of inventory, space, lead time, logistics costs, and increased fill rates.

Who Should Attend:

Lean Implementation Leaders, Logistics Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Material Managers, all senior management

Lean Manufacturers and suppliers to lean manufacturers

This workshop is specifically for the manufacturer who is ready to go outside the four walls of their plant and connect the plant to the supply base using Lean principles