CHAPTER 8

Lean supply chains: demand-side

How to routinely deliver lowest cost outcomes for customers

Much is spoken about ‘lean’ because it seems such an obvious solution to achieving ever lower costs and prices. But there is more to it than meets the eye. In this chapter we explore the origins of lean principles and practices and make some fine distinctions between the early concepts of lean manufacturing and the more contemporary lean supply chains. They are not the same thing. Lean is very difficult to implement successfully because it is more of a philosophy that has to be adopted unquestionably throughout the enterprise rather than a prescription that can be applied by rote. There are dangers too. If you do succeed in removing costs, but ...

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