Presentation on theme: "Operations Management Lessons From Operation Iraqi Freedom For Your Operations Joseph L. Walden Colonel, US Army, Retired Executive Director Supply Chain."— Presentation transcript:
Operations Management Lessons From Operation Iraqi Freedom For Your Operations Joseph L. Walden Colonel, US Army, Retired Executive Director Supply Chain Leadership Institute
Today’s Session Objectives Apply the lessons learned in establishing the first Theater Distribution Center in a Theater of War in almost 60 years Understand the similarities between military distribution operations and your distribution operations Learn and Laugh
Questions What is a Theater Distribution Center? “The Army’s distribution system is totally different from my operations, how do these lessons apply to me?” “Is there anything really new to learn?” “So What?”
Is there a difference between Military and Commercial Logistics? Absolutely Maybe No Difference Not Sure
The only real difference between Military and Commercial Supply Chains The potential results of a Military Supply Chain stockout
Agenda Background – how I got there Moving 150 Wal-Mart Super Centers Establishing the Theater Distribution Center Lessons Learned Applications Questions and Answers Conclusion
What is important in distribution? Right products? On time delivery? Visibility? All of the above? Other criteria?
Focus on the important issues What is important? How do you determine? Sun Tzu Patton What else is important? Family, friends – balance between work and family
Distribution Planning and Execution Plan “Rock” Drills Execute – FAS Frustrated Cargo Secure areas Security Evaluate
Layout Implications Layout Visibility Customer Support
Is it important to know the manual steps behind the automation? Yes Maybe Not Sure No
Automation vs. Manual Do you need to know the manual steps behind the automation? Have you experienced either of these? What if your automation fails? What if you need to change your automation package?