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Joint Process Improvement: How to Find the Right Partner

Written By: Matt Greene
July 11, 2019

A joint process improvement program should reduce costs and improve quality - if you choose the right partner. Here are the characteristics you should look for to ensure success.

Creating a Successful Cross-Docking Operation

Written By: Carlos Minjares
June 26, 2019

One of the best options to reduce waste is to implement cross docking, but it requires careful consideration and planning to be effective.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Part 1

Written By: Rob Schabinger
June 17, 2019

Creating a culture of continuous improvement requires commitment, investment, and empowerment. First, you must understand what continuous improvement is.

10 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid This Year

Written By: Greg Conner
December 28, 2017
Constraints such as omni-channel distribution and speed to delivery have really put a strain on overall operations.  Given the immense challenges faced today, DC managers and facility engineers should work to avoid the following 10 common warehousing mistakes. Read: 10 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid This Year

5 Methods for Reducing Product Loss in Your Warehouse

Written By: Blake Bearden
May 12, 2014
Reducing product lossThere are a few major concerns in distribution system design that need to be consistently addressed. One of the most critical cost concerns is financial waste through damaged product. In a post-recession era when companies are working to “stay lean”, managing product waste is a tangible area where capital investment can lead to great returns. Read: 5 Methods for Reducing Product Loss

Standing in Line for 2.5 Hours: Tips for Process Improvement

Written By: Bill Bastian II
March 27, 2014
Process Improvement Prevents Long LinesAfter standing in line for more than 2 hours at the Post Office, I realized how important studying processes and improving them can be for any organization. Here are a few tips for redesigning processes in your company. Read: Tips for Process Improvement

Poetry, Process Improvement, and Stepping Out of the Rut

Written By: Aaron Jones
February 10, 2012
Recently, I attended a meeting where a consultant was presenting his recommendations for a project that involved adding automation to an existing process. One of the key points that jumped out at me was that his justification for this project was focused entirely on the elimination of people. While the consultant suggested that the project would probably go forward because it was a strategic initiative on the part of the customer, I could only think about a more than 100-year-old poem entitled, The Calf-Path... Continue Reading >>

Lean Six Sigma Part I: What is Lean Six Sigma?

Written By: Bastian Solutions
December 09, 2010
Lean Six Sigma diagramOver the course of my career, I have had several employees, colleagues and corporate leaders ask me about Lean Six Sigma. Most simply ask, "What is it?" Literature on Lean Six Sigma includes thousands of books, while online materials have become even more prevalent. Explaining what encompasses Lean Six Sigma can be difficult, but in simplest terms, Lean Six Sigma serves as both a framework and vehicle for quality, innovation and customer satisfaction.
Results: 8 Blog Posts found.