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About Charles Intrieri

Charles Intrieri is subject matter expert on Cost Reduction, Supply Chain, and 3rd Party Logistics. He is also an author on Flevy (view his documents materials). Managing his own consultancy for the past 25 years, Charles has helped dozens of clients achieve leaner and more efficient operations. You can connect with him here on LinkedIn or email him directly ([email protected]). Charles also has a presentation Why Lean Fails in a Company? available for free download here.

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6 Trends in Logistics As We Enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution

These are some of the key industry trends in delivery logistics and supply chain management which will take center stage in the upcoming year: 1.  Real-time Visibility We’re moving towards a supply chain which is fully transparent and trackable in real-time. On the one hand, it’s helping companies become more efficient by knowing the precise […]

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Third Party Logistics (3PL) Selection Process

Editor’s Note: Charles Intrieri is a consultant with over 25 years of experience in Operational Excellence, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Metrics-driven Management.  He has made available a number of reports and tools related to these areas on Flevy, which can be viewed here. * * * * Cross-functional team investigates internal, company current freight and […]

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14 Principles of Lean Toyota Production System (TPS)

Editor’s Note: Charles Intrieri is a consultant with over 25 years of experience in Operational Excellence, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Metrics-driven Management.  He has made available a number of reports and tools related to these areas on Flevy, which can be viewed here. * * * * Principle 1: Base your management decisions on a […]

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Embrace Lean Warehousing

Editor’s Note: Charles Intrieri is a consultant with over 25 years of experience in Operational Excellence, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Metrics-driven Management.  He has made available a number of reports and tools related to these areas on Flevy, which can be viewed here. * * * * Lean is the elimination of all waste, […]

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Blockchain in Logistics

Editor’s Note: Charles Intrieri is a consultant with over 25 years of experience in Operational Excellence, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Metrics-driven Management.  He has made available a number of reports and tools related to these areas on Flevy, which can be viewed here. * * * * Blockchain applications in the logistics industry are currently […]

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TWI Expanded: Using Training Within Industry Program in Mixed Model Production

The Training Within Industry (TWI) program is one of the most popular approaches to developing the skills of experienced operators and leaders in instructing, improving and problem solving. One TWI method is TWI Job Instruction (JI), which is focused on conducting on-the-job training. This method is aimed at reducing the root causes of human errors, […]

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How Do You Transform a Culture?

So you’ve gotten a big client or Senior Leadership position. The company that is hiring you has seen the results of your previous projects, and they want you to start a very large global project (Enterprise Level) on numerous sites. You of course say, “We can do anything you want.” This is a typical response […]

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Follow These 13 Lean Principles to Eliminate Waste in the Warehouse

In managing and improving the operations of your warehouse, consider Lean initiatives to eliminate all waste and bring value to your customers beyond their expectations.  Here are 13 principles to follow. 1. Communicate effectively and often. Clearly communicating to workers your organizational goals, key performance indicators (KPIs), and the processes to achieve them is one […]

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Complete List of Warehouse Cost Savings Initiatives

Here is a comprehensive list of warehouse cost  savings ideas, categorized by 6 core areas: Labor, Operations, Equipment Usage Optimization, Technology, and Facilities Management. Labor Invest in training/re-certification Cross-train all employees Focus on retention/implement retention plans Use temporary/contract labor help where applicable Use flextime Revise your labor scheduling strategy Observe starting and quitting times Move […]

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[Video] Why Does Lean Fail in an Organization?

This is a compelling video of an hour long lecture conducted by Charles Intrieri.  Charles is a very senior subject matter expert on Lean, Supply Chain/Logistics/Distribution, and Manufacturing, with several decades worth of experience under his belt working with several blue chip organizations. His lecture is titled “Why Lean Fails.”   You can also download the actual […]

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Teamwork, Huddles, and Competition: Sustaining Lean Culture and Initiatives using Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)

The question is: How can we continuously improve daily, and sustain a Lean culture and behavior? Look to your people, the best resource you have. These people touch every part of daily operations through a process called managing by DAILY improvement. When a Lean culture is truly developed in a company, and old behavior, habits, […]

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Do You Know All the KPIs for a Manufacturing Operations Manager?

This is an exhaustive list of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a Manufacturing Operations Manager. These KPIs are aligned with Lean initiatives–specifically, Cultural Transformation, Continuous Improvement, elimination of all Wastes, associates becoming process and problem solvers at Gemba.  The tools to be implemented after Lean culture change include 6S, Kanban, Kaizen, and Lean Six Sigma. […]

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