Applying Lean Tools and Techniques to Optimize Supply Chain Processes

1139 Words Feb 1st, 2018 5 Pages
Of the many excellent insights gained from the study of Lean Logistics (Jones, Hines, Rich, 1997) one of the most significant is how the planning and execution of supply chain optimization processes must take a more strategic view in solving complex logistics problems, even if they appear to be isolated in a given area. Throughout the many examples of the logistics, supply chain and procurement processes that comprise the Toyota Production System (TPS) the authors succeed show that the selection of lean tools and techniques to optimize supply chain processes is more predicated on the context of a given challenge, not its isolated occurrence. This strategic view of supply chain optimization succeeds in taking into account the constraints of product strategy, people's roles and tasks, and the processes that unify the enterprise together. The outcome of this perspective is a model for optimizing supply chain processes that fits equally as well distribution-centric and manufacturing-oriented companies (Zylstra, 2005). The authors of Lean Logistics are careful to point out early in the article that the most popular approaches to…

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