- Series: FT Press Operations Management
- Hardcover: 450 pages
- Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (January 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132837617
- ISBN-13: 978-0132837613
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain: How to Create a Green Infrastructure with Lean Technologies (FT Press Operations Management) 1st Edition
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"Strong passion in sustainability and relentless pursuit in lean technologies describe Professor Palevich.... One cannot find a better author for this subject.”
--Dr. Otto Chang, Dean of the Richard T. Doermer School of Business, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
“Rob did a great job at Do it Best. One of his many accomplishments was designing and developing the first computerized forecast and inventory control system in our industry.”
--Don Wolf, President Emeritus, Do it Best Corp.
“It’s great to see Rob sharing his expertise with others. Rob was truly one of the key players year in and year out by helping Do it Best achieve a cost of operation that was consistently 34% lower than our closest competition. His inventory control programs allowed us to achieve 97% fill rates on over 65,000 SKUs and become the industry leader in turns. A true leader and innovator in his field.”
--Mike McClelland, President/CEO Emeritus, Do it Best Corp.
“Professor Palevich has spent a long and illustrious career devoted to the study of lean supply chain management. The skills that he has passed on to students over the years have undoubtedly created a stronger university and truly a world-class business curriculum. It has been my pleasure to have such an influential mentor help shape and guide my career.”
--Anthony McDonald, Inventory Analyst, Auburn Gear Inc.
“[Professor Palevich’s] classes literally changed my way of thinking, and I saw the true importance of technology--not only in everyday life but how it is the driving factor in business for streamlining processes while cutting costs. In addition, it was the reason I’ve chosen to go into the telecommunications industry and make a career out of it, and for that I can never thank [him] enough!”
“Whether you are a supply chain manager, executive, decision-maker, technical specialist, or lean consultant, Robert Palevich’s book has something for everyone. Mr. Palevich’s passion for innovation, lean management, and designing a sustainable environment comes through in every chapter of this book! The case studies provide real-life examples that can be taken back to your business, with concrete ideas that can be implemented immediately. This is sure to be a great read for anyone hoping to increase value in their organizations.”
--Melissa McKown, Manager, Continuous Performance Improvement, Parkview Health
The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain presents a complete framework for building a world-class supply chain that is both lean and green.
Robert Palevich shows organizations how they can increasingly leverage complex, content-rich information environments to drive breakthrough cost reduction and environmental benefit.
Palevich introduces ideas, strategies, and technologies drawn from more than 30 years running supply chains at Do it Best Corp. and collaborating with leaders such as GE, 3M, Sherwin Williams, and Black & Decker. He presents best-practice implementation techniques and matches them with detailed guidance for scorecarding improvements in productivity, cost, and environmental impact. Chapters conclude by summarizing realistically achievable savings and their bottom line impact.
Whatever your supply chain responsibilities, this book will help you drive the next generation of performance improvement--building supply chains that are more responsible and more profitable.
Achieve and measure sizable improvements in
- Personnel costs and productivity
- Paperwork and supply cost reduction
- Building space and utility utilization
- Transportation costs
- Customer service levels
- Inventory levels and turns
- IT resource utilization
- Company morale
- Carbon footprint and more
About the Author
Robert Palevich directs the Business Enterprise System and Technology (BEST) Center at the Richard T. Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He formerly served as Global Director of supply chain and e-business for the Do it Best Corporation. Palevich holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from Purdue University and an MSBA and MBA from Indiana University.
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And don't mistake it, this is a textbook. The layout, design, style, and writing are all geared towards a work course style format. Being such, it is often dry and unengaging. But the information is well documented and easily accessible. Granted, a lot of these protocols are common sense, but it's nice to get the numbers that are the proof, rather than looking at the bigger picture and guessing what seems the right direction.
Basically the money saving steps are to save on the supply chain wherever you can. If you look at a company like Amazon for example, you can see the epitome of lean supply chain (regional warehouses, third party vendors, shipment tracking, order bundling, etc...). If it looks like it saves on fuel and transportation cost, then it's probably in the company's best interest.
I feel like there is a small niche market for a text such as this. I see it appealing to operations managers, purchasers, suppliers, and regional managers of mid to large size companies with multi-city or multi-state presence. I could definitely see it being used in an upper level business course as a recommended reading. Looking at you Wharton School.
Palevich actually does a rather credible job in his effort. His idea is that it is possible to achieve a supply chain that is both lean and green, and in many ways this is actually easier, since the two methodologies are highly complimentary. As an example, consider simple inbound logistics. LEAN techniques stress the minimization of material handling, either through streamlined transport flows, or careful management of inventory to eliminate over and under shipments. Both these techniques are, by definition, also "green", since they will also serve to limit waste of resources.
This was a trivial example, but other there are many other parallel benefits. Reduction of scrap and waste, a LEAN tenet, also flows naturally into a "green" goal by reducing landfill/recycling volumes and their associated costs.
Palevich does an excellent job of integrating real examples and data into his discussions, as well as solid examples of his methodologies of calculating and justifying savings.
While it does contain "math", for the most part the book is written at the level of a business mass-market volume, not the dry academic business texts that are easy to put down. There are enough real life examples to give the reader ideas for his own savings-as well as how to justify them based on financial arguments. However, most of these justifications would probably be effective only in organizations that are already sold on LEAN. If your management does not subscribe to the LEAN philosophy, it is hard to make a purely financial justification for many of the techniques described.
The book does not go out of its way to explain LEAN principles, and any reader who is not familiar with them would be advised to brush-up a bit before reading this text. There are plenty of online and published overviews which would be sufficient.
Overall, a decent attempt at uniting two methodologies to achieve a more efficient supply chain. It will probably be most effective in the hands of those already converted to LEAN.