Lean and Technology Working Hand in Hand to Enable and Energize Your Global Supply Chain

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2016-10-27
  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press
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Focus Your Supply Chain Technology Investments to Reduce Risk and Maximize Competitiveness

Lean, Six Sigma, and related approaches offer immense potential for improving competitiveness, cost, and customer experience—if you can overcome the challenges of planning and implementation. The well-targeted use of technology can dramatically reduce your risks and accelerate your progress. Until now, however, many guidebooks and consultants have treated Lean primarily as a “pen and pencil” technique. Lean and Technology is the first complete guide to integrating Lean thinking with proven, affordable, and emerging technologies. You’ll learn how companies are linking strategy, the value chain, and IT—and how they are executing on their plans to achieve real competitive advantage.

Step by step, Myerson shows how to use the proven six-step SCOR Model to organize the integration of technology with all key supply chain and operations processes. You’ll discover how to:
  • PLAN to optimize supply chain networks, demand forecasting, master production scheduling, and S&OP
  • SOURCE more effectively with today’s MRP and procurement/e-procurement technologies
  • MAKE higher-value “lean production” products with modern ERP, MES, and short-term scheduling systems
  • DELIVER the right customer solutions at the right time and cost via advanced DRP, TMS, and order fulfillment systems
  • RETURN products and materials with state-of-the-art reverse logistics systems
  • ENABLE continuous improvement via carefully chosen measurements, metrics, and analytics
Throughout, Myerson presents easy-to-use tools, methodologies, best practices, and real-world examples: all you need to improve speed, accuracy, integration, and collaboration across complex supply chains. He concludes by previewing emerging technologies for maintaining and extending the competitive advantage you’ve already built.

Author Biography

Paul A. Myerson is a Professor of Practice in Supply Chain Management at Lehigh University and holds a B.S. in Business Logistics and an M.B.A. in Physical Distribution.


Professor Myerson has an extensive background as a Supply Chain and Logistics professional, consultant, and teacher. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehigh, Professor Myerson has been a successful change catalyst for a variety of clients and organizations of all sizes, having over 30 years experience in Supply Chain and Logistics strategies, systems, and operations that have resulted in bottom-line improvements for companies such as General Electric, Unilever, and Church and Dwight (Arm & Hammer).


Professor Myerson created and has marketed a Supply Chain Planning software tool for Windows to a variety of companies worldwide since 1998.


He is the author of the books Lean Supply Chain & Logistics (McGraw-Hill, Copyright 2012) and Lean Wholesale and Retail (McGraw-Hill, Copyright 2014) as well as a Lean Supply Chain and Logistics Management simulation training game and training package (Enna.com, copyright 2012—13).


Professor Myerson also writes a column on Lean Supply Chain for Inbound Logistics Magazine and a blog for Industry Week magazine.


Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

 Chapter 1 – Supply Chain and its growing importance to business and society
 Chapter 2 – Supply Chain and Technology: made for each other
 Chapter 3 – Lean concepts and their applications in the Supply Chain


Part II: Plan

Chapter 4 – Supply Chain Network Optimization
Chapter 5 – Demand Forecasting Systems
Chapter 6 – Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
Chapter 7 – Master Production Planning (MPS)


Part III: Source 
Chapter 8 – Materials Requirements Planning (MRP)
Chapter 9 – Procurement (and e-procurement) Systems


Part IV: Make 
Chapter 10– Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems
Chapter 11 – Manufacturing Executions Systems (MES)
Chapter 12 – Short Term Scheduling


Part V: Deliver 
Chapter 13 – Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)
Chapter 14 – Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Yard Management Systems (YMS)

Chapter 15 – Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
Chapter 16 – e-Commerce and Omni Channel Distribution


Part VI: Return
Chapter 17 – Reverse Logistics Systems


Part VII: Where do we go from here?
Chapter 18 – Mobile Computing, Cloud Computing and the Internet and its Impact on the Supply Chain in the coming years

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