Five Basic Principles of Production and Supply Chain Management

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 23, 2009 - Business & Economics - 158 pages
The basics of industrial and supply-chain excellence in less than 200 pages ! This book for self-learning offers a step-by-step presentation of the best practices of modern manufacturing and logistic management, which have been moving beneath the surface, like tectonic plates, over the last few years. Thanks to their proven operational effectiveness, they have emerged as an interlocking group of five basics: - Voice of the Customer for innovation and development - production activities with and without added value - postponement or mass customization and modular thinking - dependent and independent customer demand - the two levels of the supply chain: strategic and operational The integration of these best practices gives Lean Supply Chain Management, which can help any company maximize its added value and the productivity of its people to innovate and to better serve the customer. Based on the authors long experience as a practitioner, educator, consultant and implementor, this book is an ideal learning tool. It contains several levels of text (summaries, examples, detailed explanations, questionnaires for measuring current practice) to facilitate the acquisition of these key concepts and practices by any individual or company

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Bill BELT is the Founder and President of BILL BELT EXCELLENCE (BBX), functional integrators for Sales and Operations Planning, Lean Production and Lean Supply Chain Management. Bill has worked for thirty years in industry in the U.S. and in France, including 14 years in operations. Bill holds a B.A. from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia and is certified CFPIM for life (Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management), by APICS. He assists companies in cost-effective usage of production and supply-chain management systems to reduce inventories and lead times, and to improve customer service and productivity. His address is

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