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Lean Warehousing

Lean Warehousing

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156 pages, $59.

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The underlying theme of “lean” thinking is to produce more or do more with fewer resources and less waste. After nearly 50 years, lean manufacturing is a recognized discipline — but the concept is just beginning to take hold in the distribution center.

In Lean Warehousing, author Ken Ackerman takes this important concept and shows how it can be applied to the distribution center to cut waste, improve productivity, increase space utilization and meet increasing customer demands.

To do this, he demonstrates how to apply lean principles to key warehousing functions such as receiving, put-away/storing, replenishment, picking, packing and shipping. Each section concludes with a list of action items which guides the reader from theory to practical steps that can be implemented in the warehouse. It’s a practical approach that will help you cut the fat from your operations.

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  1. Why get lean?
    The ultimate goal of lean warehousing is to cut waste for a more effective use of the limited resources of time and space.
  2. How does it work?
    Lean thinking can be applied in your operation by implementing the five Ss: sorting, setting in order, shipping, standardizing, and sustaining.
  3. Lean storage
    Since space is fixed, lean storage is a way to stretch the building through more effective use of existing space.
  4. Making materials handling lean
    While space is fixed, time is elastic. The lean operator uses that time to move materials through the warehouse as efficiently as possible.
  5. Lean tools
    Material handling equipment and software systems are the most important tools that warehouse operators must use. Now you can use them more effectively to get lean.
  6. Lean consumables
    Often overlooked, there are many opportunities to cut waste in warehouse consumables such as fuel, electricity, packaging, package fillers, dunnage, disposable waste, and pallets.
  7. Building a lean warehouse
    Whether you plan to build a new distribution center or rehabilitate an older one, taking a lean approach can reduce waste now and in the future.
  8. Lean leadership
    Getting leaner requires change. Effective leadership will be essential to implementing the lean techniques discussed in this book.
  9. Implementing lean in your warehouse
    This collection of checklists will enable you to measure your progress in becoming lean.

About the Author

Ken Ackerman has been active in warehousing management for his entire career. He served as chairman of Distribution Centers Inc., a public warehousing company, and as a management consultant at Coopers and Lybrand. In 1981 he formed The Ackerman Company, a management advisory service that specializes in warehousing and logistics management.

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