29 March 2010

Green Supply Chain Management With Lean Operations

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Between a struggling economy and increasing environmental regulations, manufacturers today must balance efficiency with social responsibility. In response, manufacturers have taken a long, hard look at creating leaner supply chain management processes.

Building a lean, green supply chain begins by looking at all aspects of manufacturing. A Supply Chain Management Review article (on scrm) points out a few starting points for manufacturers looking to go green and go lean:

  • Improve transportation planning

  • Reduce waste by improving material utilization and machine effectiveness

  • Leverage manufacturing capabilities and processes to reduce material requirements

  • Redesign packaging to maintain content levels but lower the dimensions, weight and use of resin-based materials

Manufacturers who implement these changes experience benefits such as:

Lowered costs. From suppliers to end users, a lean supply chain helps reduce costs, including fuel expenses related to transportation.

Simplified manufacturing processes. By implementing a lean supply chain, organizations are in effect removing or simplifying processes. By doing so, personnel can work more efficiently and complete tasks in less time.

Enhanced company image. Adopting greener supply chain management practices impacts how employees and other stakeholders view manufacturing organizations and their products. More importantly, green manufacturing practices can help influence the decisions of potential clients.

Government compliance. One significant manufacturing challenge is adhering to government guidelines, laws and regulations. Operating a leaner, greener supply chain improves the ability to meet or exceed those expectations, thus allowing a company to run with less interruption.

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Luciano Cunha,
Luciano Cunha,
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.

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