Developing Lean Supply Chain Problem Solvers

February 24, 2015

A discussion on how to become a lean supply chain professional by first becoming a lean thinker and problem solver. During the live webinar, Brad Bossence discussed lean fundamentals and the critical concepts needed to identify and eliminate waste at the root of the cause. Presented by Brad Bossence, SCL Instructor and Vice President, LeanCor Supply Chain Group.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Understanding and Optimizing Inventory in Supply Chains

February 18, 2015

Supply chain management and logistics encompasses all the activities involved in getting products to consumers including planning, storing, moving, and accounting for inventory. Inventory availability is the most important aspect of customer service, and the cost of inventory is one of the most important entries on a company's balance sheet. The webinar discussed maintaining levels of inventory necessary to provide customer service while minimizing inventory resulting from poor supply chain management.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Measuring and Managing Supply Chain Performance

September 25, 2014

The webinar discussed the importance of aligning supply chain metrics with a company's financial goals and tailoring metrics and measurement processes to focus on the most important aspects of operations that impact overall corporate goals.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

How to Support Your Supply Chain Operations with Lean Inbound Logistics

August 19, 2014

The webinar discussed why and how to implement lean logistics to support the lean supply chain operations – both in manufacturing and distribution, and how the efficient flow of inbound materials through your supply chain can have a significant impact on cost, quality, service, and delivery to your customer. With continued pressures from globalization, market volatility, and innovation expectations, companies are extending their reliance on lean principles to outside the four walls of the manufacturing facility. Lean inbound logistics requires strategic coordination to synchronize suppliers, transportation providers and multiple supply chain partners. And like all complex multi-party operations, the road to improvement will have its challenges. Such hurdles could include balancing inventory cost with transportation cost, the lack of leadership understanding and support, and the realities of incumbent manufacturing and procurement contracts and systems.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Lean Warehousing Concepts and Principles

August 13, 2014

The webinar introduced attendees to using proven principles of lean management to cut waste and improve warehouse efficiencies. Based on the Lean Warehousing professional education course offered through the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, Brad Bossence discussed:

  • The key elements of lean thinking that should be used in the warehouse
  • How to utilize lean tools to reduce waste in the warehouse
  • How to operate a warehouse based on visual management and real time problem solving
  • How to create collaboration between warehousing and other functional area

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Developing Lean Supply Chain Problem Solvers

August 20, 2013

The webinar introduced the concept of lean problem solving through eliminating waste at the root cause, understanding process thinking, and seeing problems as opportunities for continuous improvement. The webinar also provided a brief summary of the topics and concepts covered during the 3-day Building the Lean Supply Chain Problem Solver course and the 9-day Lean Supply Chain Professional Series taught through Georgia Tech's Professional Education program.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/blscpswebinarpdf.

Strategic Planning of Supply Chain Facilities

July 16, 2013

The webinar discussed key aspects of strategic planning for major capital investments and a systematic, step-by-step planning process from network optimization and site selection to facility layout, material handling and building design. The webinar also provided a brief summary of the topics and concepts covered during the 4-day course taught through Georgia Tech's Professional Education program.

Presented by Lee Hales, the instructor for the course and President of Richard Muther & Associates, a provider of industrial management and engineering consulting services.

A modified PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Demand-Driven Supply Chain Strategy

June 13, 2013

The webinar discussed designing a supply chain strategy in alignment with corporate strategy as well as provided a brief summary of the topics and concepts covered during the 3 1/2 day course taught through Georgia Tech's Professional Education program.

Presented by Dr. Maria Rey-Marston, Senior Advisor with MRM + Partners and a seasoned consultant who has developed and delivered several GTSCL custom programs.

Understanding and Optimizing Inventory in Supply Chains

April 3, 2013

Supply chain management and logistics encompasses all the activities involved in getting products to consumers including planning, storing, moving, and accounting for inventory. Inventory availability is the most important aspect of customer service, and the cost of inventory is one of the most important entries on a company's balance sheet. The webinar discussed maintaining levels of inventory necessary to provide customer service while minimizing inventory resulting from poor supply chain management.

Presented by Don Ratliff, Executive Director with the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.

Health & Humanitarian Logistics Professional Education

March 26, 2013

A overview of the Georgia Tech Health & Humanitarian Logistics certificate series.

Presented by Dima Nazzal, Associate Director with the Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Logistics and Director of Students Services for the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Engineering Your Warehouse

February 28, 2013

Managing your warehouse by "ABC" analysis gets you the big obvious efficiencies, but do not overlook yet another level of efficiencies that is as large in aggregate. "ABC" analysis treats all SKUs as if they were one of three types, and otherwise identical within types. This made sense before computers, but makes little sense now when computers enable us to manage individual SKUs. Saving a centimeter here and five seconds there, when summed over many transactions and many pallets/cases/pieces, can add up to significant efficiencies!

Presented by Professor John Bartholdi, Manhattan Associates Chair of Supply Chain Management and Research Director, Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.

Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout

October 10, 2012

Your facility layout has a major influence on your productivity and material handling costs. If you have not reviewed it lately, you may find good opportunities for improvement. Better layouts: reduce travel time to and from storage areas, shorten pick paths and improve picker productivity, improve space utilization, and improve utilization of specialized equipment. In fact, a good layout is the key to lean operations and effective material flow.

Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) is a comprehensive, step-by-step method for planning any kind of warehouse or distribution center. Highly practical and easily-learned, we have taught this method to thousands of logistics professionals over the past 20 years. In this one-hour webinar, Lee Hales, President of Richard Muther & Associates, provided an overview of the SLP method and the below key aspects that are covered in detail as part of our Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout professional education course.

  • Relationship charting - an essential step in layout planning
  • Quantified flow diagramming and what it can show you
  • How to estimate floor space required
  • How to evaluate and select the best layout for your facility

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Lean Warehousing

July 20, 2012

During this webinar, attendees were introduced to:

Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) is a comprehensive, step-by-step method for planning any kind of warehouse or distribution center. Highly practical and easily-learned, we have taught this method to thousands of logistics professionals over the past 20 years. In this one-hour webinar, Lee Hales, President of Richard Muther & Associates, provided an overview of the SLP method and the below key aspects that are covered in detail as part of our Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout professional education course.

  • Isolating the key elements of Lean thinking to be used in the warehouse
  • Utilizing Lean tools to reduce waste in the warehouse
  • Creating a warehouse operation based on visual management and real time problem solving
  • Creating collaboration between warehousing and other functional areas

Manny Cantone with LeanQuest discussed how to bring Lean principles into the warehouse and distribution center and covered the topics which are part of our Lean Warehousing professional education course.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Episode 1 | Building the Lean Supply Chain Professional

February 3, 2012

During this webinar, attendees were introduced to:

  • Lean problem solving through the use of problem solving tools to eliminate waste at the root cause
  • Connecting lean to supply chain management, discussing how concepts such as pull-one-piece-flow and one piece flow will lead to reductions in total cost of the supply chain
  • Transforming an organization from traditional to lean thinking with lean leadership

Robert and Kevin covered these areas and explained how each plays a critical role in creating a lean supply chain. The aim is to reduce the total cost of the supply chain–removing waste and creating the most value for the customer. This material is covered in more detail as part of our Building the Lean Supply Chain Professional professional education course.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Episode 2 | Pull and One Piece Flow

March 15, 2012

One of the most misunderstood elements of lean thinking is that lean is primarily about manufacturing. Therefore, we need to be able to answer the question, "how does lean apply to the supply chain?" During this free one-hour webinar:

  • Dive into "systems thinking"
  • Understand how pull and one piece flow will lead to reductions to total cost of the supply chain
  • Be challenged to question mental models such as economies of scale and replace them with mental models such as economies of time
  • Connect lean and waste reduction to supply chain functions

Robert Martichenko will cover these areas and explain how each plays a critical role in creating a lean supply chain. The aim is to reduce the total cost of the supply chain–removing waste and creating the most value for the customer.

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar

Episode 3 | Becoming the Lean Supply Chain Leader

April 12, 2012

As part of becoming a Lean Supply Chain Professional, you also need to become a Lean Supply Chain Leader. Join Mr. Martichenko in part three of our webinar series where he will discuss the differences between traditional leadership and Lean leadership. Robert will review the principals and concepts that Lean Leaders use in order to drive Lean thinking in their organizations. This webinar and the teachings in the webinar are essential for anybody who is currently embracing and implementing Lean thinking in their organizations and finding out about the hurdles and challenges we need to overcome. This material is covered in more detail as part of our Building the Lean Supply Chain Leader professional education course.

These Lean Leadership techniques include:

  • Building the Lean Enterprise
  • Leading by Principles & Purpose
  • Leader as Student & Teacher
  • Advocacy vs. Enquiry
  • Respect for People
  • Process and Value Stream Thinking
  • Lean Leadership and Effective Measurement Systems
  • Reflection
  • Time Management - Leader Standard Work
  • Visual Management and "Go See" Leadership
  • Convincing People on Lean Thinking and Dealing with Resistance

A PDF version of the presentation can be downloaded via http://www.scl.gatech.edu/GTSCLwebinar