Lean Logistics

«Born to make production more efficient, “Lean Organization” can have a significant impact also on Logistics. The basic principle “war to waste” is applicable also to warehouse management with remarkable results even in the short run»

Nicola Rigobello
Senior Expert for Lean Transformation

Lean Logistics is a set of Lean methods and tools that apply to Logistics and Warehouse Management.

These two areas of a company, quite often overlooked in traditional Lean approaches, are of fundamental importance to increase sales and ensure an excellent level of customer service, two basic conditions for a continuous and profitable growth of a company.

The advantages of Lean Logistics are generally very significant: elimination of waste, better operational efficiency, better customer service, lower financial costs.

In order to get these results it is necessary to apply methods like 5S, that improves order and tidiness, and VMS that supports process mapping and improvement.

A reduction in movements and transports, an efficient maintenance and an effective performance monitoring system are among the most important measures to improve the efficiency of logistic activities and warehouse management.

Specialized information systems like WMS (Warehouse Management System) can make all logistic activities faster and more efficient.

Another solution, still not much used by SMEs, but largely used by large scale retailers as well as companies in the automotive, food and fashion sectors is logistics outsourcing. To delegate warehouse management and distribution to a third party can become a competitive advantage because it makes it possible to benefit from the economies of scale and the competencies of the logistic provider, while, at the same time, ensuring a high level of customer service and a complete control of the activities performed.

In the last few years we have carried out many successful projects in companies of different dimensions and in different sectors.

We have also proposed many training events on Lean tools and methods during which we use advanced Lean games and present real cases of Lean Transformation projects.

Born to rationalize manufacturing processes, “Lean Organization” has an important impact also on Logistics: the basic principles of “war to waste” are fully applicable to Logistics and Warehouse Management with remarkable results, often achievable in a short time.

Training – Master Classes and Workshops on Lean Logistics

Our workshop on Lean Logistics deals with the Lean techniques and methods that can be applied in order to improve warehouse management, stock levels and transports. Special attention is devoted also to information systems like WMS and to the outsourcing of logistic services.

Consulting

We support our clients in planning and executing Lean Transformation projects in the logistic area.

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