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Logistics Network Model
New trade agreements, shifting customer and supplier locations, changing labor and freight rates, fuel costs, new products and markets all
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Telling consultants what to do…
Paraphrasing Steve Jobs … “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart consultants and then tell them what to do; we
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Lean Product Development Videos Worth Watching
Don Reinertsen An introduction to Lean Product Development Flow Allan Ward Allen Ward presentation of Lean Product Development Dr. Allen
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Product Development Best Practices
Most product development teams fail to meet their full potential. They consume more resources than is necessary to test, evaluate,
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18 Long Lead Time Purchasing Strategies
In project management the long pole is the part of the project that is on the critical path due to
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Warehouse Slotting
What Is Warehouse Product Slotting? Warehouse Product Slotting is defined as the intelligent location of product in a warehouse or
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Scientific Method and Improvement Kata
Scientific Method is the systematic observation, measurement, experimentation, formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses. Hypotheses are a supposition or proposed
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Measuring Supply Chain Forecast Accuracy
Measuring Supply Chain Forecast Accuracy is usually done with Mean Absolute Percent Error or MAPE, the average of percentage errors.
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10 Things to Improve Forecast Accuracy
Forecasts are never right but you can improve your forecast accuracy … You can’t improve what you don’t measure Aggregate
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Not so ‘Good to Great’
An executive asked my opinion about having his staff all read Good to Great by Jim Collins (2001). It’s been
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Kanban and Sustainability
Dear Larry, Andrew and Guanair; How are you doing ? I would like to share with you that We Won
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Business Model Canvas
Remember how you felt when you first started drawing your first Value Stream Maps? Well that’s how I felt when
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LeanSigma Tool Kit
Lean Sigma Behavior Other Customer Process Focus Muda, Muri, Mura Value Stream Map Flow, Takt, Pull Visual Management Process Analysis
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Demand Segmentation – one size fits none
We know better than to try to force fit strategies yet time and again we find businesses planning and managing
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Supply Chain Kaizen
Euclides Coimbra latest book recently made it to the top of my reading list. Kaizen in Logistics & Supply Chains
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Lean Sales Forecasting
Why can’t Sales give us a decent forecast?  Paraphrasing George E.P. Box, “All forecasts are wrong, some are useful.”  If
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Safety Stock – How To
Safety stock is an additional quantity held in inventory in order to reduce the risk that an item will be
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Material Classification Logic
Bruce asked “Do any of you have any standard material classification logic that you have used.  I’m working with a
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Lean Math
We would like to announce a new entrant into the lean blogosphere, it’s called Lean MathTM (leanmath.com). We know what
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New set of eyeglasses
It’s never enough just to tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it
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Kamishibai – Work Observation Card
Kamishibai or Work Observation Card is a management tool for starting and improving Leader Standard Work,. Kamishibai, in Japanese means
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Square Root Law – inventory in multiple locations
Got asked what would happen to inventory when the number of inventory stocking locations change.  I thought for a minute
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Visual Office
Where do you want to work?  If you’ve ever been to Disney or Epcot you may remember the experience.  You
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Table top simulation – dock operations
Simulation is the act of imitating or mimicking the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something
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