What capabilities does a transportation management system (TMS) need in order to meet the demands of a lean supply chain?
The concept of lean has been around for a long time. It may seem that we know all the wrinkles and don’t need to give much thought to which TMS applications are the most effective in these environments.
That view is a little shortsighted for a couple of reasons.
First, the definition of lean embraces a much wider range of supply chains than was the case when the concept first revolutionized manufacturing.
Reducing safety stock to a bare minimum has become the norm in many industries in the wake of the global economic meltdown. The ultimate in lean may be direct-to line-delivery, but now days a company that reduces its inventory levels from, say, 30 days to 15 days can call itself a “lean” operator. Read More…