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Go and See the Lean Supply Chain: Gemba-Based Workshop (2 Day Class)

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What attendees are saying about the workshop:

"The workshop lived the spirit of "go and see" and "learn by doing". It was one of my favorite workshops so far with LEI because we got to learn in the classroom and then "go and see" in the warehouse and supply chain/operations center. This was a very valuable Lean experience for me"

- Andrew Koenig, Operations


" I was able to gain valuable insights not only via the workshop but on the gemba as well. Good balance of theory/presentation with examples in practice"

- Bryan Boone, Value Stream and Supply Chain CI


Learning Objectives:

Using Operational tours and an interactive and collaborative lean fulfillment steam simulation, students will learn how to:

Lean Fulfillment Stream Simulation will help you:

  • Value-Stream Map the extended enterprise
  • Calculate and make decisions based on "total cost of fulfillment" for the entire supply chain
  • Plan, calculate, and implement pull systems to drive material replenishment
  • Break down cross functional barriers for effective supply stream collaboration
  • Implement logistics concepts of increased delivery frequency, lot size reduction, and leveled flow

This workshop is part of our new series of special programs which combine classroom learning with practical experience at the gemba. The workshop is conducted at the LeanCor Supply Chain Group Operational Center in Florence, Kentucky to allow the program attendees to see firsthand how lean principles are applied to logistics and supply chain processes. Keeping with the true spirit of PDCA we have improved this workshop to include additional gemba time- both in the Operations Center and at a local manufacturing facility.

Workshop Description:

Lean is commonly misunderstood as a manufacturing application without much regard to supply chain and logistics. A lean organization is focused on adding value to the customer, problem solving, continuous improvement, and learning- characteristics necessary for all business functions. Thus, connecting lean to the entire supply chain network is required in a complete lean enterprise.

Modeled after the Shingo- award winning workbook Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream, this dynamic and highly interactive workshop teaches how to apply lean to the supply chain and logistics function.

The workshop highlights the critical elements and "must know" concepts of lean as they apply to the supply chain and logistics. It also provides you with the tools necessary to solve problems, eliminate waste, decrease inventory and lead time to help you improve processes and create level flow, thus ultimately decreasing the total cost of fulfillment.

GO and SEE the Lean Supply Chain:

  • LeanCor Operations Center: View lean operations being used in inbound logistics engineering, transportation management, and material materials management. See firsthand how lean principles and best practices are applied to the logistics and supply chain processes.
  • LeanCor Lean Fulfillment Center: View a lean warehouse in operation. Warehousing is often plagued with processes that are abundant in waste - from material receiving to pick and pack to shipping operations. Flow of inventory, disciplined processes, and visual management are cornerstones of effective warehousing operations. See firsthand how lean principles reduce waste in warehousing operations.

Key Concepts- Total Cost of Fulfillment and Customer Collaboration:

Is anyone in your organization trying to calculate and minimize total cost of fulfillment for the entire supply chain? The answer is likely "no." Embracing the total cost of fulfillment changes the way managers think, with major benefits for all the firms along the supply chain. Once managers adopt the goal of minimizing the total cost of fulfillment, collaboration across functions and firms becomes an obvious necessity. This goal requires a joint examination of the entire supply chain to determine total costs as the chain currently functions. And it requires a joint effort to envision a better supply chain that can benefit all of the firms involved.

Use the Building a Lean Supply Chain workshop to discover how lean creates a platform for providing maximum value to your customer, and how your organization can gain a competitive edge in today's ever evolving workforce.


Operational tours will provide real-life examples of:

  • Lean for administrative offices that support logistics activities
  • Planning and executing lean logistics networks
  • Effective route design and carrier acquisition techniques
  • Lean concepts applied in warehouse functions
  • Labor planning and monitoring activity 
  • Warehouse observational safety practices 


By applying the concepts and principles learned in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Improve supplier performance and accountability
  • Improve customer satisfaction and customer relationships
  • Drive lean supply-stream management and lean logistics through your organization
  • Reduce the total cost of fulfillment through the reduction of inventory, space, lead time, logistics costs, and increased fill rates.

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Course Outline:

Through instruction, discussion, small group activities, case study work, and interactive games, topics in this workshop will include:

Day 1 (Morning):

  • Lean Fulfillment Stream as a Process
  • Lean Fulfillment Stream Principles
  • Total Cost of Fulfillment
  • Gemba Visit Case Studies: End to End Improvement & Network Design 

Day 1 (Afternoon) - Day 2 (Morning)

Lean Fulfillment Stream Simulation

  • Decision 1: Customer Management - Sku Stratification
  • Decision 2: Outbound Logistics - Network Design
  • Decision 3: Shipping, Receiving and Trailer-Yard Management - Staffing
  • Decision 4: Materials and Parts Ordering - Kanban Implementation
  • Decision 5: Supplier Management - Total Cost of Ownership
  • Decision 6: Inbound Logistics - Inbound Logistics Strategy

Gemba Visit Operational Tours: Lean Warehousing & 3PL Operations

Day 2 (Afternoon)

  • Supply Chain Collaboration
  • Mapping the Future State
  • Barriers to Implementation

Who Should Attend:

  • Lean Implementation Leaders, Logistics Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Material Managers, all senior management
  • Lean Manufacturers and suppliers to lean manufacturers
  • This workshop is specifically for the manufacturer who is ready to go outside the four walls of their plant and connect the plant to the supply base using Lean principles



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Price: $1,600.00 ($1,400.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

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