Leaning DC Operations
(Boonton, NJ, March 6, 2009) Distribution center managers are increasingly realizing the value of streamlined procedures and leaner ways of executing operations.
According to Ron Cain, president of TMSi Logistics, it might be easy for savvy DC managers to understand lean principles, but implementing them can pose a formidable challenge. That's why he says many companies are choosing to outsource some or all of their supply chain functions to a third party logistics provider.
In an article in the March issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management, Cain discusses how using a third party logistics provider (3PL) can help you realize the benefits of going lean. He says the cost savings and improved processes that can be realized by a knowledgeable, experienced 3PL partner are substantial. The problem is choosing the right 3PL.
In the article, Cain offers his advice on how to choose the right 3PL to help achieve your lean goals. Among his recommendations? Look inward and determine the values of your organization, then try to find a 3PL that matches those values.
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