Inbound Logistics Systems
  • For a leading manufacturer of trucks, we reengineered every step from supplier to point of use on final assembly lines. Scope included: outsourcing, transportation system design, schedule sharing, electronic kanbans, EDI, RF, bar coding, returnable containers, and line-feeding methods. Results: inventory turnover tripled; floor space saved; hours per truck reduced.
  • For a 3rd party logistics provider, we determined the payback on returnable containers for moving lettuce between California and salad plants in the eastern United States.
  • For a global automotive parts manufacturer, we determined the containers, dunnage, and staging needed to maintain and buffer the flow between plants in Spain, Germany, and China, including their differences in shop calendars, shifts, holidays and shutdowns.
  • For a publisher and distributor of educational media, we reengineered the supply of outsourced products and packaging. Scope included: vendor certification, releasing, lot sizing, containerization, labeling, receiving, sampled inspection, and warehousing.
  • For a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, we helped to plan kitting and assembly line replenishment systems at plants in the US and China.
  • A leading manufacturer of tools for the professional trades ran out of pallet storage capacity at a major plant.  As alternatives to warehouse expansion, we evaluated the potential for inventory reduction through improved replenishment practices.
  • For a supplier of automotive electronics, we helped to reengineer inbound logistics from plants to central distribution.  Scope included: interplant transportation and border crossing between the US and Mexico; production planning and scheduling of semiconductor fabrication and final assembly.