"Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations"
Today's supply chain includes the entire flow of product, starting with raw materials and ending at the retail outlet; it is the largest business process a company has to manage.
The blurring of the line between manufacturing and supply chain logistics provides the opportunity to move efficient manufacturing management concepts to supply chain management. One manufacturing concept stands out as most successful: the concept of "Lean". This paper describes lean manufacturing and how it can be applied to supply chain management.