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Lean Distribution. Applying Lean Manufacturing to Distribution, Logistics, and Supply Chain. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2215783
  • Book
  • November 2005
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
"Kirk Zylstra's focus on the customer is a fresh approach to lean. Companies that can bear the burden of variability will develop a strategic advantage in today's volatile market."
- Travis Jarrell Institute of Industrial Engineers Program Committee Chair

"Lean Distribution is a comprehensive yet concise work with clear leanings. Kirk's experience across a range of industries brings a unique understanding of common opportunities and solutions available to optimize distribution processes. Lean techniques, typically effective in manufacturing processes, are applied in the downstream supply chain in a practical and productive manner that will offer something to any business distributing tangible goods."
- F. Jeff Duncan Jr. VP, CIO, and Director of Technology Louisiana Pacific Corp.

"Lean Distribution has robustly captured the revolution occurring in today's increasingly competitive and global supply chain. Eliminating losses through lean manufacturing and lean distribution initiatives will become even more critical enablers to organizations developing cost-advantaged supply chains."
- Rick McDonald Director of Manufacturing The Clorox Company

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Chapter 1: Taking the Lean Approach.

The Lean Change in Distribution.

The RFID Change Dilemma.

The Forecast Barrier.

The Balancing Act.

Business and Operational Plans.

Forecast Accuracy.

Another Approach.

The Traffic Analogy.

Improving Distribution Operations.

Lean Paradigm Shifts.

Book Approach and Contents.

Lean Distribution Framework.

Lean Distribution Transformation.

Role of Information Technology.

Applications for Lean Distribution.


Chapter 2: Distribution Challenges.

Customer Directions.

Global Sourcing.

Cost Reduction.

Lean Streamlining.

New Challenges?

Functional Silos.


Chapter 3: Optimizing Distribution.

Distribution Sports Franchise Analogy.

Optimizing Distribution.

Technology Infrastructure.

Lowering Production/Sourcing Costs.

Improving Inventory Management.

Maximizing Asset Utilization.

Technology Directions.


Chapter 4: IT Transforms Distribution Processes.

Distribution Business Processes.

ERP Transformation.


Chapter 5: Lean Operating Capabilities.

The Lean Approach.

Managing Uncertainty with Lean.

Lean and DRP: Collaboration.

Lean-Enabled Collaboration.


Chapter 6: Customer Service Policy.

Customer Service Policy.


Service Strategies.


Chapter 7: Buffer Strategy.

Buffer Strategy.

Determine Service Strategies.

Service Distinctions.


Chapter 8: Replenishment Cycles.

The Pipeline Approach.

Replenishment Time.

Delivered Cost.


Chapter 9: Pull Approach.

Pull Trigger.

Replenishment Orders.

Inventory Targets.

Buffer Management.


Chapter 10: Conclusion.

The Simplicity Challenge.

Planning Transformation.

Lean Distribution Benefits.

Selling the Lean Distribution Vision.

Implementing Lean Distribution.


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Kirk D. Zylstra
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