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Chapter Two Lean Logistics I. Learning objectives and requirements 1.

to know the scope, the work, the goal and the importance of logistics 2. to know and understand the definition of lean logistics 3. to understand the logistical value proposition 4. to know the five areas of logistics work 5. to understand the logistical operations 6. to understand logistical operating arrangements II. Learning contents Section I. Introduction to Lean Logistics 1. Main contents 1) The Scope of Logistics No other area of business operations involves the complexity or spans the geography of logistics. All around the globe, 24 hours of every day, 7 days a week, during 52 weeks a year, logistics is concerned with getting products and services where they are needed at the precise time desired. It is difficult to visualize accomplishing any marketing, manufacturing, or international commerce without logistics. Most consumers in highly developed industrial nations take a high level of logistical competency for granted. When they purchase goods-at a retail store, over the telephone, or via the Internet-they expect product delivery will be performed as promised. In fact, their expectation is for timely, error-free logistics every time they order. They have little or no tolerance for failure to perform. Although logistics has been performed since the beginning of civilization, implementing best practice logistics is one of the most exciting and challenging operational areas of supply chain management. Because logistics is both old and new, we choose to characterize the rapid change

taking place in best practice as a renaissance. 2) The Work of Logistics Logistics involves the management of order processing, inventory, transportation, and the combination of warehousing, materials handling, and packaging, all integrated throughout a network of facilities. 3) The Goal of Logistics The goal of logistics is to support procurement, manufacturing, and market distribution operational requirements. Within a firm the challenge is to coordinate functional competency into an integrated operation focused on servicing customers. In the broader supply chain context, operational synchronization is essential with customers as well as material and service suppliers to link internal and external operations as one integrated process. 4) Definition of Lean Logistics Lean logistics refers to the superior ability to design and administer systems to control movement and geographical positioning of raw materials, work-in-process, and finished inventories at the lowest total cost. To achieve lowest total cost means that financial and human assets committed to logistics must be held to an absolute minimum. It is also necessary to hold direct operational expenditures as low as possible. The combination of resources, skills, and systems required to achieve lean logistics are challenging to integrate, but once achieved, such integrated competency is difficult for competitors to replicate. 5) The Logistics of Business Is Big and Important It is through the logistical process that materials flow into the manufacturing capacity of an industrial nation and products are distributed to consumers. The recent growth in global commerce and the introduction of e-commerce have expanded the size and complexity of logistical operations. Logistics adds value to the supply chain process when inventory is strategically positioned to achieve sales. Creating logistics value is costly. Although difficult to measure, most experts agree that the annual expenditure to perform logistics in the United States was approximately 10.1 percent

of the $9.96 billion Gross National Product (GNP) or $1 .006 billion.' Expenditure for transportation in 2000 was $590 billion, which represented 58.6 percent of total logistics cost. As further illustrated in Table 2-1, the logistics of business is truly big business. Despite the sheer size of logistical expenditure, the excitement of lean logistics is not cost containment or reduction. The excitement generates from understanding how select firms use logistical competency to achieve competitive advantage. Firms that have developed world-class logistical competency enjoy competitive advantage as a result of providing important customers superior service. Leading logistical performers typically implement information technology capable of monitoring global logistical activity on a real time basis. Such technology identifies potential operational breakdowns and facilitates corrective action prior to delivery service failure. In situations where timely corrective action is not possible, customers can be provided advance notification of developing problems, thereby eliminating the surprise of an unavoidable service failure. In many situations, working in collaboration with customers and suppliers, corrective action can be taken to prevent operational shutdowns or costly customer service failures. By performing at above industry average with respect to inventory availability, speed and consistency of delivery, and operational efficiencies, logistically sophisticated firms are ideal supply chain partners. 2. Key concepts and points The scope of logistics, the work of logistics, the goal of logistics, lean logistics, raw materials inventory, work-in-process inventory, finished inventory, lowest total cost, direct operational expenditures, integrated supply chain management, competitive advantage 3. Issues of application Students shall understand that the principle of lean logistics is to achieve lowest total cost. To achieve lowest means that financial and human assets committed to logistics must be held to an absolute minimum. It is also necessary to hold direct operational expenditures as low as possible. The combination of resources, skills, and systems required to achieve lean logistics are challenging

to integrate, but once achieved, such integrated competency is difficult for competitors to replicate. Students are expected to examine the case of Dell and then figure out how Dell Computers has used lean logistics principles to gain competitive advantage. Section II. The Logistical Value Proposition 1. Main contents1) Service Benefits Creation and basic logistical performance is measured in terms of availability, operational performance, and service reliability. The term basic logistics service describes the level of service a firm provides all established customers. a) Availability Availability involves having inventory to consistently meet customer material or product requirements. b) Operational Performance Operational performance deals with the time required to deliver a customer's order. Operational performance involves delivery speed and consistency, flexibility, Malfunction, and recovery time. c) Service Reliability Service reliability involves the quality attributes of logistics. The key to quality is accurate measurement of availability and operational performance. Only through comprehensive performance measurement is it possible to determine if overall logistical operations are achieving desired service goals. To achieve service reliability, it is essential to identify and implement inventory availability and operational performance measurements. 2) Cost Minimization a) Question: the least total cost of logistic is equal to the lowest cost for each individual function of logistics? b) Lowest Total Cost means Lowest Integrated/Balanced Total Cost 3) Logistics Value Generation

The key to achieving logistical leadership is to master the art of matching operating competency and commitment to key customer expectations and requirements. This customer commitment, in an exacting cost framework, is the logistics value proposition. It is a unique commitment of a firm to an individual or selected groups of its customers. Case Study: Ciscos Single Enterprise Strategy Leading firms realize that a well-designed and well-operated logistical system can help achieve competitive advantage. In fact, as a general rule, firms that obtain a strategic advantage based on logistical competency establish the nature of their industry's competition. 2. Key concepts and points Achieve Customer satisfaction at the Lowest Total Cost, to Create Value, Logistical Value Proposition, Service Benefits, basic logistics service, Availability, Operational Performance, Delivery Speed and Consistency, Flexibility, Malfunction, Recovery Time, Service Reliability 3. Issues of application The focus of lean logistics can be traced to relatively recent developments of total costing theory and practice. To understand the concept of total cost applied to logistical operations, students shall focus attention on integrated total cost, but shouldnt take it for granted that to achieve the lowest total cost means to achieve the lowest possible cost of each individual function of logistics. Section III. The Work of Logistics 1. Main contents 1) Integrated Nature of the Five Areas of Logistical Work For a supply chain to realize the maximum strategic benefit of logistics, the full range of functional work must be integrated. Decisions in one functional area will impact cost of all others. It is this interrelation of functions that challenges the successful implementation of integrated logistical management. Work related to these functional areas combines to create the capabilities needed to achieve logistical value.

2) Order Processing In most supply chains, customer requirements are transmitted in the form of orders. The processing of these orders involves all aspects of managing customer requirements from initial order receipt, delivery, invoicing, and collection. The logistics capabilities of a firm can only be as good as its order processing competency. 3) Inventory A sound inventory strategy is based on a combination of five aspects of selective deployment: (1) core customer segmentation, (2)product profitability, (3) transportation integration, (4) time-based performance, and (5) competitive performance. 4) Transportation Transportation is the operational area of logistics that geographically moves and positions inventory. a) Basic ways to satisfy the Transportation requirements i) A private fleet of equipment may be operated, ii) Contracts may be arranged with dedicated transport specialists, iii) The services of a wide variety of carriers that provide different transportation services on a per shipment basis may be engaged. b) Fundamental factors to transportation performance i) Cost The cost of transport is the payment for shipment between two geographical locations and the expenses related to maintaining in-transit inventory. ii) Speed Order Processing Inventory

Transportation Facility Network Warehousing Material Handling PackagingSpeed of transportation is the time required to complete a specific movement. iii) Consistency Consistency of transportation refers to variations in time required to perform a specific movement over a number of shipments. 5) Warehousing, Materials Handling, and Packing Warehousing, materials handling, and packaging are an integral part of other logistics areas. When effectively integrated into an enterprise's logistical operations, warehousing, materials handling, and packaging facilitate the speed and overall ease of product flow throughout the logistical system. In fact, several firms have engineered devices to move broad product assortments from manufacturing plants directly to retail stores without intermediate handling. 6) Facility Network Network design is concerned with determining the number and location of all types of facilities required to perform logistics work. It is also necessary to determine what inventory and how much to stock at each facility as well as the assignment of customers. The facility network creates a structure from which logistical operations are performed. Thus, the network integrates information and transportation capabilities. Specific work tasks related to processing customer orders, warehousing inventory, and materials handling are all performed within the facility network. The design of a facility network requires careful analysis of geographical variation. The fact that a great deal of difference exists between geographical markets is easy to illustrate. The 50 largest U.S. metropolitan markets in terms of population account for the majority of retail sales.

Therefore, an enterprise marketing on a national scale must establish a logistical network capable of servicing prime markets. A similar geographic disparity exists in typical material and component part source locations. When a firm is involved in global logistics, issues related to network design become increasingly complex. 2. Key concepts and points Order Processing, Initial Order Receipt, Delivery, Invoicing, Collection, Order Processing Competency, Inventory, Core Customer Segmentation, Product Profitability, Transportation Integration, Time-Based Performance, Competitive Performance, Pareto Principle, Transportation, Private Fleet of Equipment, Dedicated Transport Specialists, Carrier, Cost of Transportation, Speed of Transportation, Consistency of Transportation, Warehousing, Warehouse Specialist, Sorting, Sequencing, Order Selection, Transportation Consolidation, Product Modification and Assembly, Materials Handling, Packing, Master Carton, Facility Network, Manufacturing Plants, Warehouses, Cross-Dock Operations, Retail Stores 3. Issues of application The importance of accurate information to logistical performance has historically been underappreciated. While many aspects of information are critical to logistics operations, the processing of order is of primary importance. Students will fail to fully understand this importance if they fail to understand how distortion and dynamics impact logistical operations. Current information technology is capable of handling the most demanding customer requirements. When desired, order information can be obtained on a real time basis. Yet the benefit of fast information flow is directly related to work balancing. It makes little sense for a firm to accumulate orders at a local sales office for a week, mail them to a regional office, process the orders as a batch, assign them to a distribution warehouse, and then ship them via air to achieve fast delivery. Vice versa, students majoring in Electronic Commerce shall know well that data transmission or Web-based communication of orders direct from the customers office combined with slower, less costly surface transportation many have achieved even faster overall delivery service at a lower total cost.

The key objective is to balance components of the logistical system. Section IV. Logistical Operations 1. Main contents 1) the Internal Operational Scope of Integrated Logistics Operations Information from and about customers flows through the enterprise in the form of sales activity, forecasts, and orders. Vital information is refined into specific manufacturing, merchandising, and purchasing plans. As products and materials are procured, a value-added inventory flow is initiated which ultimately results in ownership transfer of finished products to customers. Thus, the process is viewed in terms of two interrelated flows: inventory and information. 2) Inventory Flow From the initial purchase of a material or component, the logistics process adds value by moving inventory when and where needed. Providing all goes well, materials and components gain value at each step of their transformation into finished inventory. In other words, an individual part has greater value after it is incorporated into a machine than it had as a part. Likewise, the machine has greater value once it is delivered to a customer. a) Market Distribution The movement of finished product to customers is market distribution. In market distribution, the end customer represents the final destination. The availability of product is a vital part of each channel participant's marketing effort. Even a manufacturer's agent, who typically does not own inventory, must be supported by inventory availability to perform expected marketing responsibilities. Unless a proper assortment of products is efficiently delivered when and where needed, a great deal of the overall marketing effort will be jeopardized. It is through the market distribution process that the timing and geographical placement of inventory become an integral part of marketing. To support the wide variety of marketing systems that exist in a highly commercialized nation, many different market distribution systems are available. All market

distribution systems have one common feature: They link manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers into supply chains to provide product availability. Customers Suppliers Information Flow Inventory Flow Enterprise Market Distribution Manufacturing Support Procurementb) Manufacturing Support The area of manufacturing support concentrates on managing work-in-process inventory as it flows between stages of manufacturing. The overall concern of manufacturing support is not how production occurs but rather what, when, and where products will be manufactured. From the viewpoint of overall planning, the separation of manufacturing support from outbound market distribution and inbound procurement activities provides opportunities for specialization and improved efficiency. c) Procurement Procurement is concerned with purchasing and arranging inbound movement of materials, parts, and/or finished inventory from suppliers to manufacturing or assembly plants, warehouses, or retail stores. Depending on the situation, the acquisition process is commonly identified by different names. In manufacturing, the process of acquisition is typically called purchasing. In government circles, acquisition has traditionally been referred to as procurement. In retailing and wholesaling, buying is the most widely used term. In many circles, the process is referred to as inbound logistics. For the

purposes of this text, the term procurement will include all types of purchasing. The term material is used to identify inventory moving inbound to an enterprise, regardless of its degree of readiness for resale. The term product is used to identify inventory that is available for consumer purchase. In other words, materials are involved in the process of adding value through manufacturing whereas products are ready for consumption. The fundamental distinction is that products result from the value added to material during manufacture, sortation, or assembly. d) Specific Operating Concerns of Three Areas in Overall Logistics Market Distribution:Activities related to providing customer service. Requires performing order receipt and processing. deploying inventories, storage and handling, and outbound transportation within a supply chain. Includes the responsibility to coordinate with marketing planning in such areas as pricing, promotional support customer service levels, delivery standards, handling return merchandise, and life cycle support. The primary market distribution objective is to assist in revenue generation by providing strategically desired customer service levels at the lowest total cost. Manufacturing Support:Activities related to planning. scheduling, and supporting manufacturing operations. Requires master schedule planning and performing work-in-process storage, handling, transportation, and sortation. sequencing and time phasing of components. Includes the responsibility for storage of inventory at manufacturing sites and maximum flexibility in the coordination of geographic and assembly postponement between manufacturing and market distribution operations. Procurement:Activities related to obtaining products and materials from outside suppliers. Requires performing resource planning, supply sourcing, negotiation, order placement, inbound transportation. receiving and inspection. storage and handling, and quality assurance. Includes the

responsibility to coordinate with suppliers in such areas as scheduling. supply continuity, hedging, and speculation, as well as research leading to new sources or programs. The primary procurement objective is to support manufacturing or resale organizations by providing timely purchasing at the lowest total cost. 3) Information Flow Information flow identifies specific locations within a logistical system that have requirements. Information also integrates the three operating areas. Within individual logistics areas, different movement requirements exist with respect to size of order, availability of inventory, and urgency of movement. The primary objective of information flow management is to reconcile these differentials to improve overall supply chain performance. It is important to stress that information requirements parallel the actual work performed in market distribution, manufacturing support, and procurement. Whereas these areas contain the actual logistics work, information facilitates coordination of planning and control of day-to-day operations. Without accurate information the effort involved in the logistical system can be wasted. a) Logistics Information Requirements b) Planning/Coordination The overall purpose of planning/coordination is to identify required operational information and to facilitate supply chain integration via (1) strategic objectives, (2)capacity constraints, (3) logistical requirements, (4) inventory deployment, (5) manufacturing requirements, (6)procurement requirements, and (7) forecasting. i) Strategic Objectives The primary drivers of supply chain operations are strategic objectives derived from marketing and financial goals. These initiatives detail the nature and location of customers that supply chain operations seeks to match to the planned products and services. The financial aspects of strategic plans detail resources required to support inventory, receivables, facilities, equipment, and capacity. ii) Capacity Constraints

Capacity constraints identify internal and external manufacturing and market distribution limitations. Given strategic objectives, capacity constraints identify limitations, barriers, or bottlenecks within manufacturing and distribution facilities. It also helps identify when specific Strategic Objectives Capacity Constraints Logistics Requirements Manufacturing Requirements Procurement Requirements Order Processing Order Assignment Distribution Operations Transportation and Shipping Procurement Inventory Deployment Inventory

Management PLANNING/ COORDINATION OPERATIONS Forecastingmanufacturing or distribution work should be outsourced. iii) Logistics Requirements Using inputs from forecasting, promotional scheduling, customer orders, and inventory status, logistical requirements identify the specific work facilities, equipment, and labor forces required to support the strategic plan. iv) Inventory Deployment The deployment plan details the timing of where inventory will be positioned to efficiently move inventory through the supply chain. From an information perspective, deployment specifies the what, where, and when for the logistics processes. From an operational viewpoint, inventory management is performed on a day-to-day basis. v) Manufacturing Requirements In production situations, manufacturing requirements determine planned schedules. The traditional deliverable is a statement of time-phased inventory requirements that is used to drive Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and Manufacturing Requirements Planning (MRP). In situations characterized by a high degree of responsiveness, Advance Planning Systems (APS) are more commonly used to time-phase manufacturing. vi) Procurement Requirements Procurement requirements represent a time-sequenced schedule of material and components needed to support manufacturing requirements. Regardless of the business situation, purchasing information is used to coordinate decisions concerning supplier qualifications, degree of desired speculation, third-party arrangements, and feasibility of long-term contracting.

vii) Forecasting Forecasting utilizes historical data, current activity levels, and planning assumptions to predict future activity levels. Logistical forecasting is generally concerned with relatively short-term predictions. Typical forecast horizons are from 30 to 90 days. The forecast challenge is to quantify expected sales for specific products. These forecasts form the basis of logistics requirement and operating plans. c) Operations To satisfy supply chain requirements, logistics must receive, process, and ship inventory. i) Order Processing Order processing refers to the exchange of requirements information between supply chain members involved in product distribution. The primary activity of order management is accurate entry and qualification of customer orders. Information technology has radically changed the traditional process of order management. ii) Order assignment Order assignment identifies inventory and organizational responsibility to satisfy customer requirements. The traditional approach has been to assign responsibility or planned manufacturing to customers accordingto predetermined priorities. In technology rich order processing systems, two-way communication linkage can be maintained with customers to generate a negotiated order that satisfies customers within the constraints of planned logistical operations. iii) Distribution Operations Distribution operations involve information to facilitate and coordinate work within logistics facilities. Emphasis is placed on scheduling availability of the desired inventory assortment with minimal duplication and redundant work effort. The key to distribution operations is to store and handle specific inventory as little as possible while still meeting customer order requirements. iv) Inventory Management Inventory management is concerned with information required to implement the logistics plan.

Using a combination of human resources and information technology, inventory is deployed and then managed to satisfy planned requirements. The work of inventory management is to make sure that the overall logistical system has appropriate resources to perform as planned. v)Transportation and Shipping Transportation and shipping information directs inventory movement. In distribution operations, it is important to consolidate orders so as to fully utilize transportation capacity. It is also necessary to ensure that the required transportation equipment is available when needed. Finally, because ownership transfer often results from transportation, supporting transaction documentation is required. vi)Procurement Procurement is concerned with the information necessary to complete purchase order preparation, modification, and release while ensuring overall supplier compliance. In many ways information related to procurement is similar to that involved in order processing. Both forms of information exchange serve to facilitate operations that link a firm with its customers and suppliers. 2. Key concepts and points Integrated Logistics Operations, Inventory Flow, Market Distribution, Manufacturing Support, Procurement, Purchasing, Inbound Logistics, Material, Product, Information Flow, Logistics Information Requirements, Planning/Coordination, Strategic Objectives, Capacity Constraints, Logistics Requirements, Inventory Deployment, Manufacturing Requirements, Master Production Scheduling(MPS), Manufacturing Requirements Planning (MRP), Advance Planning Systems (APS), Procurement Requirements, Forecasting, Operations, Order Processing, Order assignment, Distribution Operations, Inventory Management, Transportation and Shipping, Procurement 3. Issues of application Students shall understand that Internal integrative management is important to success. As explained in this section, Information from and about customers flows through the enterprise in the

form of sales activity, forecasts, and orders. Vital information is refined into specific manufacturing, merchandising, and purchasing plans. As products and materials are procured, a value-added inventory flow is initiated which ultimately results in ownership transfer of finished products to customer. Thus, the process is viewed in terms of two interrelated flows: inventory and information. Students are expected to figure out how these two flows must be coordinated to achieve internal integration relating to the three primary operational processes of market distribution, manufacturing support, and procurement. Section V. Logistical Operating Arrangements 1. Main contents 1) Echelon-Structured Logistics Classification of a logistical system as having an echeloned structure means that the flow of products typically proceeds through a common arrangement of firms and facilities as it moves from origin to final destination. The use of echelons usually implies that total cost analysis justifies stocking some level of inventory or performing specific activities at consecutive levels of the supply chain. Echelon systems utilize warehouses to create inventory assortments and achieve consolidation economies associated with large-volume transportation shipments. Inventories positioned in warehouses are available for rapid deployment to customer requirements. Typical echelon systems utilize either break-bulk or consolidation warehouses. A break-bulk facility typically receives large-volume shipments from a variety of suppliers. Inventory is sorted and stored in anticipation of future customer requirements. Food distribution centers operated by major grocery chains and wholesalers are examples of break-bulk warehouses. A consolidation warehouse operates in a reverse profile. Consolidation is typically required by manufacturing firms that have plants at different geographical locations. Products manufactured at different plants are stored in a central warehouse facility to allow the firm to ship full-line assortments to customers. Major consumer product manufacturers are prime examples of enterprises using echeloned systems

for full-line consolidation. 2) Direct-Structured Logistics In contrast to inventory echeloning are logistical systems designed to ship products direct to customer's destination from one or a limited number of centrally located inventories. Direct distribution typically uses premium transport combined with information technology to rapidly process customer orders and achieve delivery performance. This combination of capabilities, designed into the order delivery cycle, reduces time delays and overcomes geographical separation from customers. Examples of direct shipments are plant-to-customer truckload shipments, direct store delivery, and various forms of direct to consumer fulfillment required to support catalog and e-commerce shopping. Direct logistical structures are also commonly used for inbound components and materials to manufacturing plants because the average shipment size is typically large. When the economics justify, logistics executives tend to desire direct alternatives because they reduce anticipatory inventories and intermediate product handling. The deployment of direct logistics is limited by high transportation cost and potential loss of control. In general, most firms do not operate the number of warehouses today that were common a few years ago and have been able to modify echelon structures to include direct logistics capabilities. 3) Flexible Logistics System The ideal logistical arrangement is a situation wherein the inherent benefits of echeloned and direct structures are combined into a flexible logistics system. As noted in Chapter 1, anticipatory commitment of inventory should ideally be postponed as long as possible. Inventory strategies often position fast-moving products or materials in forward warehouses, while other, more risky or costly items, are stocked at a central location for direct distribution to customers. The basic service commitment and the order size economics determine the most desirable and economical structure to service a specific customer. a) Emergency Flexible Structure

Emergency flexible operations are preplanned strategies to resolve logistical failures. A typical emergency occurs when an assigned shipping facility is out of stock or for some other reason cannot complete a customer's order. For example, a warehouse may be out of an item with no replenishment inventory scheduled to arrive until after the customer's specified order delivery date. To prohibit back-order or product cancellation, a contingency operating policy may assign the total order, or at least those items not available, for shipment from an alternative warehouse. The use of emergency flexible operation procedures is typically based on the importance of the specific customer or the critical nature of the product being ordered. b) Routine Flexible Structure A flexible logistics capability that has gained popularity as a result of improved communications involves procedures for serving specified customers developed as part of the basic logistical system design. The flexible logistics rules and decision scenarios specify alternative ways to meet service requirements, such as assignment of different shipping facilities. A strategy that exploits routine flexible operations may be justified in at least four different situations. 2. Key concepts and points Operating system design, Operating Structure, Echelon-Structured Logistics, Direct-Structured Logistics, Flexible Logistics System, Emergency Flexible Structure, Routine Flexible Structure, mother facility, Cross-Dock, Service Supplier Arrangements 3. Issues of application Students learned echelon-structured logistics and direct-structured logistics. They are expected to figure out the logic of designing echeloned or direct logistical structures. Further they shall be able to combine echeloned these two structures into a flexible logistics system. However, they shall be aware that a prerequisite to effective flexible operations is the use of information technology to monitor inventory status throughout the network and provide the capability to rapidly switch methods for handling customer orders. To a significant degree, an effective, flexible logistics strategy can substitute for the safety stock maintained in a traditional anticipatory-driven logistical

system.