Lean Thinking Workshops for Supply Chains, Logistics, Warehousing, and Distribution

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The Lean Enterprise Institute will run hands-on workshops at a working supply chain operations center so attendees can experience lean management principles in action.

Building a Lean Fulfillment won a 2012 Shingo Research Award

Learn how to calculate the critical total cost of fulfillment so you make decisions that meet customer expectations at the lowest possible total cost, no matter where costs occur in the supply stream.

The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and LeanCor Supply Chain Group will partner to offer hands-on workshops, September 25-28, 2012, on how to apply lean management principles in supply chain, logistics, warehousing, and distribution processes.

The two workshops will take place at LeanCor’s operations center, 7660 Turfway Rd., Suite 200, Florence, KY, in order to combine classroom learning with practical experience. The schedule is:

Building the Lean Supply Chain, September 25-26
This workshop demonstrates how to apply lean principles to logistics and supply chain processes so the improvement process is a win-win for every company along the supply chain. Among the key concepts covered are:

  • How to calculate the critical total cost of fulfillment so you make decisions that meet customer expectations at the lowest possible total cost, no matter where costs occur in the supply stream.
  • How to value stream map your supply chain to uncover opportunities for cutting costs, lead times, and inventory through the use of lean principles.
  • How to develop customer and supplier measurement systems, break down cross-functional barriers, implement pull systems for material replenishment, and establish supply-chain visibility.

Instructor Robert Martichenko, LeanCor CEO, is a lean logistics veteran who received the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award as co-author of the LEI workbook Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream.

Lean Warehousing and Distribution Operations, September 27-28
This session uses a step-by-step method to show how to implement lean concepts in warehouse and distribution processes. During three rounds of a hands-on simulation, attendees will identify changes, implement them, and measure their impact. Among the key concepts covered are:

  • How to apply techniques such as lean storage, operational diagramming, workload planning, and visual management.
  • How to develop small-batch work assignments, operational diagrams, and a work load plan to create a just-in-time operation based on leveled work, pull, and continuous flow.
  • How to create the all-important standardized work for a lean warehouse.

The $1600 price for each workshop includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. Details about course content, instructors, discounts, and how to register are at: http://www.lean.org/Workshops/WorkshopCalendar.cfm?cureventid=116

On-Site Lean Training
Call (617) 871-2900 for information about bringing an LEI workshop on-site.

Lean Community Resources
LEI offers a weekly newsletter with lean management news and resources such as case studies, webinars, interviews with executives on lean leadership, and archives of essays by authors and lean management thought leaders John Shook, LEI CEO, and Jim Womack, LEI founder.

What Is Lean?
The terms lean manufacturing, lean production, or lean management refer to a complete business system for organizing and managing product development, operations, suppliers, customer relations, and the overall enterprise that requires less capital, material, space, time, or human effort to produce products and services with fewer defects to precise customer desires, compared with traditional modern management.

Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. was founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, Ph.D., as a nonprofit research, education, publishing, and conference company with a mission to advance lean thinking around the world. We conduct research projects and support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Education Academic Network, the Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Network. Visit LEI at http://www.lean.org for more information. Media: Chet Marchwinski, cmarchwinski(at)lean(dot)org, (617) 871-2930.

About LeanCor
LeanCor Supply Chain Group is a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider wholly dedicated to lean logistics. LeanCor designs, implements, and manages the flow of materials, components, goods, and information throughout the supply chain for companies of various sizes and industries. Services include lean third party logistics services, warehousing and facility management, training, and consulting. Through these services and its partnerships with established, forward thinking entities, LeanCor is designed to support companies in their efforts to eliminate organizational waste, drive down cost, and increase competitive advantage.

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