Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Lean Logistics Blog

My friend Kelley Dodd recently shared a new lean resource, The Lean Logistics Blog.  This blog is place to discuss lean logistics and lean supply chain best practices, industry thought leadership, and continuous improvement.  It is written by LeanCor in-house and on-site lean logistics managers, engineers and consultants, this blog contains lean tools, tips, and tricks from lean practitioners doing the work every day. Robert Martichenko, the author Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream, created LeanCor to drive the next step in the evolution of lean by addressing the unmet logistics needs of lean manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

The first several posts focus on some central Lean elements in supply chain:

They define waste by eight logistical wastes that need to be eliminated.  When you focus on total logistics cost, you are essentially making the supply chain work in your favor. 

Alignment between the floor and senior management is critical to support continuous improvement.  The key to balancing the effort of front line employees with the knowledge and vision of management is a solid Hoshin Kanri Strategy planning process.

Going to the Gemba makes the problem simpler to tackle.

The use of a tool like a swim lane diagram is effective to target and eliminate the waste in your supply chain.

This blog is off to a great start and I look forward to their continued contributions to Lean and logistics.  While checking out this site don't miss the Lean and Six Sigma Resource Room for more learning opportunities.

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  1. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the heads-up on the LeanCor blog. I just purchased Martichenko and von Grabe's new book, Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream. Looking forward to the read.

  2. Mark, you should see my review of Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream. Highly recommend.