General Approach n Think strategically (competitive) n Think plural (win-win) n Negociate n Do not try to cover everything (trust) n Design your part of the chain n Do not bring me problems, bring me solutions n Insist on having talented people
Inventories n Safety inventories at the customer end n Place inventories as high as possible (economies) n Look at the customer and define service n Specially, define delivery lag n Consider other alternatives to stock n Inventories do not add value!
Long Range Logistics n Avoid counterflow transportation n Avoid empty returns n Think about your people n Do not use blind-eyed subcontracting n Anticipate the unexpected n Have measures to handle the unexpected n Emphasize consistency in deliveries n Profit from customer clock
Short Range Logistics n Do not buy expensive software n Do work on the fly n Trust your customer n Avoid empty runs n Cooperate! n Have clear cut distribution plans
More n Use X-docking n Avoid large/centralized distribution centers n Reduce manipulation (picking) n Technology is not a solution n Consider carefully the location of facilities n Do not hesitate in revamping the full system