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What can Lean do for Warehousing Operations and Distribution Centers? More than you might think ….

December 7th, 2010

Lean and CI in Warehousing and DistributionCharlie Jacobs, Director of Process Improvement for APL Logistics, recently wrote a short article for inboundlogistics.com titled Lean: The Next Best Thing to ‘Clip-and-Save’In this article, Charlie laid out 3 mini case studies of simple lean projects that yielded extraordinary results.

His point, backed up by his own results, was that it is difficult to justify NOT using Lean or other basic process improvement approaches in warehousing and distribution operations. The 3 successful cases had elements that should make them attractive to any manager:
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  • Each was implemented by the same type of personnel and talent your company probably has working in its supply chain operations. No special skills required.
  • None required so much of any one resource’s time that it interfered with their ongoing job responsibilities. Their day  job did not suffer.
  • And no one misses the waste and inefficiency they ultimately eliminated. It was a win-win across the board.

APL is a long standing Qualtec client, and we feel privileged to have been part of the success Charlie has had with APL’s ACI program. It is a model that a lot of warehousing and distribution centers might be wise to follow.

Contact me if you’d like to discuss Lean for warehousing and distribution operations.

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