LeanDNA for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Increased sustainability can be extremely beneficial for manufacturers. A focus on sustainability can not only reduce costs, but can also create a more positive brand reputation. Manufacturers are using advanced technology more and more to reduce wasteful activities, build new efficiencies in their operations, and track sustainability goals across their organization. When it comes to optimizing inventory and building sustainable procurement processes, LeanDNA is a valuable resource in a supply chain team’s toolkit. 

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Vendor vs. Supplier vs. Distributor: Where do your materials come from?

In today’s manufacturing landscape, understanding where your materials are coming from, and improving collaboration with those sources, is crucial for preventing shortages and navigating supply chain disruptions. In this blog, we break down vendor vs. supplier vs. distributor—and even talk about wholesalers as well—how they compare, and how manufacturers can improve collaboration.

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Putting the Lean-hybrid Model to the Test: Paul Aram of Ingersoll Rand

COVID-19 disrupted manufacturing processes on a global scale, with unpredictable customer demand and headline-making critical shortages. On top of that, unexpected disruptions like the Suez Canal exposed the need for a more resilient supply chain. In 2021, manufacturers have been forced to take a hard look at their inventory management best practices and workflows as they try to weather the Perfect Storm. So, how can manufacturers remain successful and competitive through such instability? 

In the April 2021 IndustryWeek webinar titled, “Going Beyond ‘Status Quo’ Supply Chains,” Ingersoll Rand’s Paul Aram, LeanDNA CEO Richard Lebovitz, and industry analyst Bob Ferrari, shared their thoughts on the next big thing in execution-based inventory management methods.

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Recap: New Manifestations of Lean and the Next Normal of Manufacturing

2021 is the year of new for manufacturers. New challenges are bringing on new manifestations of lean, new ways to connect manufacturing operations, and a new focus on the factory as a strategic force for leaders. Last month, LeanDNA CEO Richard Lebovitz joined industry analyst Bob Ferrari’s latest installment of his podcast, “Supply Chain Matters” to discuss these themes and more. “Supply Chain Matters” is widely regarded as one of the top internet blogs in the field of supply chain management thought leadership. 

Find and listen to this installment of the podcast here, or read on for the main takeaways from Ferrari and Lebovitz’s discussion.

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The Emerging Fix For A Broken Supply Chain: A Lean-Hybrid Approach to Inventory Management

The “unprecedented” hits to global supply chains keep coming. As demand fluctuates and shortages run rampant, the chain continues to fail at multiple vulnerable links, leaving manufacturers unable to produce, and consumers left holding an empty bag. However, like most bad situations, if you look closely enough, you can see a silver lining.

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Q&A: The New Hybrid Approach to Inventory Management

In IndustryWeek’s recent webinar, “Going Beyond Status Quo,” we brought together leading supply chain experts to introduce a new hybrid inventory management model for today’s manufacturing complexities. Richard Lebovitz, Paul Aram, and Bob Ferrari have mastered this model, which leverages the best of lean procurement while maintaining an MRP-driven PO-based forecast. They shared their expertise on how to deploy it and why it’s more important than ever.

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