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
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.
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.
Chapter 3: Optimizing Distribution.
Distribution Sports Franchise Analogy.
Lowering Production/Sourcing Costs.
Improving Inventory Management.
Maximizing Asset Utilization.
Chapter 4: IT Transforms Distribution Processes.
Distribution Business Processes.
Chapter 5: Lean Operating Capabilities.
The Lean Approach.
Managing Uncertainty with Lean.
Lean and DRP: Collaboration.
Chapter 6: Customer Service Policy.
Customer Service Policy.
Chapter 7: Buffer Strategy.
Determine Service Strategies.
Chapter 8: Replenishment Cycles.
The Pipeline Approach.
Chapter 9: Pull Approach.
Chapter 10: Conclusion.
The Simplicity Challenge.
Lean Distribution Benefits.
Selling the Lean Distribution Vision.
Implementing Lean Distribution.
"...arguement it advances is that traditional forecast–driven approaches to supply chain management are inappropriate in today′s turbulent markets." (Supply Management, March 2006)