Lean and Mean Warehouse Management

Lean and Mean Warehouse Management

Organizations that have embraced Lean have found it possible to achieve impressive improvements through the reduction of non-value-added steps and elimination of waste everywhere they apply the methodologies. This is especially true when Lean Warehouse Management practices are instituted. The payoff in greater efficiencies, improved safety, and higher productivity are immediate and long lasting. You […]

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Adding More Value with Lean Accounting

Now that you’ve learned about the benefits that Lean and Six Sigma methodologies can bring to your operations, it’s an opportune time to think about applying these principles to your accounting department. “Lean accounting?” you might ask. When one considers how relatively unchanged most accounting practices and systems have remained for decades, it only makes […]

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Take Your Business Operations to the Next Level with Cloud Computing

The range of business management services available to manufacturers, distributors, and service-based organizations has never been larger, offering owners and stakeholders greater value and better operational efficiencies than ever. Virtually every need a business could have is now available, well, virtually.  Attivo is proud of our leadership role in the ERP, MRP, accounting, and SaaS […]

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Let’s go to the Gemba: Where value is created

The contributions by Japanese industrialists and the Asian post-World War II manufacturing sector to the methodologies of quality assurance and continuous improvement are numerous. Previously we have discussed an array of different Lean management principles to continue developing these continuous improvement strategies based on these contributions.  In the case of our current topic, Gemba, we’ll […]

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Visual Management: Seeing is Believing

One of the many advantages of Lean is its ability to connect team members with standardized methodologies on a shared platform to foster greater collaboration. The value of everyone being on the same page delivers tremendous value in helping stakeholders understand and respond to the challenges and tasks at hand. Going Lean can deliver even more […]

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Five Whys: Understanding the Root Cause

In our continuing journey of exploring the operational benefits of leveraging Lean principles, we find ourselves back in the hallowed halls of Toyota. A true pioneer of continuous improvement and one of the legendary manufacturing success stories, the founder of Toyota Motor Corp. were among the first to understand and apply rigid quality assurance techniques […]

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Spaghetti Diagrams: Mapping flows for optimal outcomes

As we’ve examined in several of our Lean articles, understanding the processes in place within your organization is foundational to implementing Lean methodologies. All processes contain flows which can be mapped in several ways. In a previous installment we explored Value Stream Mapping (VAM) and how it helps evaluate processes in place to find inefficiencies […]

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Define, Evaluate, & Optimize Processes with Value Stream Mapping

Why is “process” central to Lean and Six Sigma? The simple reason is that processes are the foundational series of actions which bring order, control, and efficiency to activities within an organization. Therefore, tools which allow stakeholders to evaluate and improve processes are a necessity for pursuing the goal of continuous improvement. Value stream mapping […]

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Creating a Kaizen Culture – Continuous Improvement Awaits

In our previous discussions about Lean, we’ve described how the continuous improvement model and principles behind Lean. In this article we’ll explore Kaizen, another concept widely used to root out waste and inefficiencies. The unique characteristic of Kaizen is it places a strong emphasis on empowering the rank and file worker to take action to make […]

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Back to Basics: Metrics of Six Sigma

Six Sigma. These two words have probably done more to codify and make comprehensive processes for removing defects to better serve the needs of the customer than any other single business concept.   Sounds great, you might be saying, but what has it got to do with my business?  As we’ve discussed in previous articles, Implementing Six Sigma […]

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