Lean techniques have been implemented in a variety of industries. This paper addresses the effectiveness of specific lean techniques in a variety of industries and their application in the supply chain. The objective of this research is to assess the performance of lean based on the specific techniques and implementation methods used; analyse strategies for implementing lean into the supply chain; and to analyse the reasons for both their success and failure. Data was gathered using a survey distributed to individuals familiar with lean concepts and techniques. The results of this survey were analysed with a variety of statistical techniques.
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3 Characteristics of The Modern Supply Chain
Today having a modern and agile supply chain can mean the difference between staying afloat and sinking. Over 80% of businesses report experiencing at least one supply chain disruption in 2014. With constant and rapidly changing market conditions, organizations need to be lean and flexible in order to respond to disruptions quickly and effectively. Organizations who adopt modern supply chain practices that are flexible, account for disruptions, and leverage new technology fair better in the long run. Let’s...
Increasing Environmental Commitment in Supply Chain Performance Management
In 2015, China reinforced its environmental policies and laws, strengthening air and water pollution controls. Trend toward Environmental Commitment Almost immediately, polluters found themselves subject to litigation, for example, a group of chemical companies subjected to compensation demands for about US$26 million (1). China is supporting victims of air and water pollution by actively clamping down on polluters and forcing them to comply with environmental regulations. Other countries are implementing...
Policy Management – DCSCA – Drug Supply Chain Integrity
When the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) was signed by President Obama on November 27, 2013, advocates hoped that the confusing patchwork of State laws governing drug pedigree and tracing would finally be replaced by a comprehensive solution for the ‘3T’s’ (Transaction History, Transaction Statement, and Transaction Information) of the increasingly complex pharmaceutical supply chain. Title II of DQSA, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) focused on building “an electronic,...
How to avoid buying in supply chain risk
In an article first published on the Supply Management blog, Altius Managing Director Gary Plant advises on six vital steps procurement managers can take to cut supplier risk. A survey of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) has revealed that supplier risk is a major concern. 45% of CPOs responding to the Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey conducted by Consero Group, named vendor threats as their biggest worry. Consero chief executive Paul Mandell, highlighted the need for CPOs to ensure...