Physical Flows

May 29, 2018  |  Articles

The Lowly Wooden Pallet is a Critical Conveyance in the Supply Chain

In a recent interview, discussions with Patrick Atagi, VP for Advocacy & External Affairs at the National Wooden Pallet and Contain Association (NWPCA)  helped to educate me on just how prolific wooden pallets are in the global supply chain.  Patrick […]

Apr 9, 2018  |  Articles

Excess and Obsolete Inventory: An Outcome of a Series of Unfortunate Events!

Inventory continues to be a problem for many companies.   In particular, inventory that is considered “Excess and Obsolete” often accumulates and has to be dealt with – often at the end of the fiscal year.  During tax season, this is also […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Warehouse Management Layouts

This refers to the configuration of the warehouse site with lines, storage areas, aisles, etc. Layout or storage plan of a warehouse should be planned to facilitate product flow. Special attention should be given to location, number, and design of […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity Management

The function of establishing, measuring, monitoring, and adjusting limits or levels of capacity in order to execute all manufacturing schedules; i.e., the production plan, master production schedule, material requirements plan, and dispatch list. Capacity management is executed at four levels: […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Outbound Logistics

The process related to the storage and movement of the final product and related information flows from the end of the production line to the end user. Sources: Christopher, M. (1998). Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Strategies for reducing cost […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity – Physical Flows

1) The capability of a system to perform its expected function. 2) The capability of a worker, machine, work center, plant, or organization to produce output per time period. Capacity required represents the system capability needed to make a given […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Quality

Conformance to requirements or fitness for use. Quality can be defined through five principal approaches: (1) Transcendent quality is an ideal, a condition of excellence. (2) Product-based quality is based on a product attribute. (3) User-based quality is fitness for […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Quality Programs

Some of quality programs that are currently used include: Total Quality Management (TQM): TQM is a management approach to long-term success through customer satisfaction. TQM is based on the participation of all members of an organization in improving processes, goods, […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Preventative Maintenance

The activities, including adjustments, replacements, and basic cleanliness, that forestall machine breakdowns. The purpose is to ensure that production quality is maintained and that delivery schedules are met. In addition, a machine that is well cared for will last longer […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Six Sigma

See: Quality Programs