The business world is changing rapidly. Technology is exploding and global competition is no longer a flight of the imagination; it is our next door neighbor. Therefore, for an organization to be successful today, they need to embrace proven processes that can substantially improve their business over the long term and that will allow them to compete in an arena that was foreign to us only a few short years ago.
Warehousing and distribution centers need to look to other industries who have overcome many of the challenges that we face in this global economy by implementing Lean. The implementation of Lean, which has its roots in Toyota, created such astonishing success that other industries are saying, “I want that too...”
Warehousing and distribution is no exception. GDC TOTAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS is in the forefront when adapting Lean processes to areas other than automotive and aerospace. We have taken the best of the best in Lean processes and, through practical application, created a structured system of continuous improvement. Dedication and commitment are the critical components to the long-term and sustainable results that can be achieved specific to this industry.
Lean Thinking is used to streamline operations and to trim the waste out of internal processes. Warehouse operations must adopt this both philosophically and practically. Each process must be mapped out to determine any underlying problems and to identify wasteful practices. Opportunities and sustainable solutions for improvement are identified by employees who work directly in the process; ultimately creating an environment where employees take ownership of long-term sustainment and continuous improvement. Each solution builds a stronger, more flexible, and more robust process. These new processes will, in turn, be able to withstand the stress and strain of today’s fluctuating economy.
The largest cost savings generally comes from the ability to decrease the process lead-time, thereby reducing the need to carry excessive inventory. In Lean Warehousing, inventory control is key! A Lean warehouse will focus on having the right inventory, at the right time, with minimal waste and cost. The key to remember is that Lean is a journey, not a destination, so dedication and commitment are critical components to the long-term and sustainable results that can be achieved.
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GDC TOTAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS offers a full range of services that include mentoring programs, à la carte, workshops, project management, process-focused improvements or full Lean implementation.