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1st Edition

Lean Transportation Management
Using Logistics as a Strategic Differentiator

ISBN 9781138592278
Published October 2, 2018 by Productivity Press
292 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an overview of the key transportation management processes from a shipper’s perspective. It enables managers to gain quick insight in the added value of transportation as a strategic differentiator, its key drivers, and guidelines on how to use them in an effective and efficient decision-making process. It explains how to identify and eliminate waste using basic Lean tools and proven concepts. The reader is guided on how to start implementing the Lean methodology and best practices in the industry to realize significant savings.

Companies such as Adidas and Amazon are using transportation to increase sales by delivering purchased products faster than the competition. These companies do not treat transportation as a cost center. They are not focusing on reducing transportation spending. They allow customers to buy any product that is available in any store or warehouse and have it delivered to their homes. By delivering faster than the competition, they increase sales. At the same time, they lower their total supply chain costs as faster deliveries lead to fewer returns. Reduction of returns means higher sales and lower transportation costs for returns. The result is higher profits while creating more value for the customer.

Transportation is moving from a cost center towards a profit center. The traditional logistics service providers are perceived to not innovate fast enough. Top management must understand the transportation management basics and use it in their strategic decision-making. They should be involved in discussions on how to organize the transport management function in the best way and how to use it as a service differentiator. Transportation is more than the efficient movement of supplies, sub-assemblies and final products. In addition, it is more than the key performance indicators on the business-balanced scorecard. Transportation management professionals fail to catch top management’s attention due to the use of technical language. It is more difficult to understand transportation key performance indicators such as loading degree, net and gross pick-up and delivery reliability. It is easier to get top management attention when talking about lost sales due to stock-outs, lost tenders due to long delivery times, high inventory holding and scrap costs.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Introduction. About the Author. Chapter 1: Lean. Chapter 2: Transportation. Chapter 3: Transportation Management. Chapter 4: Lean Transportation Management. Abbreviations.For Further Reading.

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Mohamed Achahchah, PMP, Green Belt, LEAN Advanced, is currently a Logistics Fulfillment Manager at Philips Healthcare. He studied business administration and has 18 years of experience in global distribution management. He started working in a customer service desk handling complaints and claims and learned how important this feedback is for a company. In his further career, he gained experience in transportation management and learned the specifics of this business and the relation between quality, service and costs. Later on, he worked as project manager leading projects like network redesign studies and simulations, tenders, analyzing customer order behaviors, lead-time and cost reductions, carrier selections and implementations, analyzing self-steering teams and mini-companies and lead process surveys. He is PMP® and green belt certified. As advanced lean certified practitioner, he is currently working as a logistics manager at an international company and involved in implementing lean in a logistics environment. For feedback, ideas, questions, etc. please send an e-mail to [email protected]