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A3 THINKING METHODOLOGY

Hello to everyone,

Since we were the last lessons working on solving problems that have arisen in warehouses, I would like to introduce the A3 Thinking, which is a problem-solving tool. We were requested to use it in one of the last logistic activities, so I thought that it would be interesting to tell you more about this process.

A3 is also known as SPS, which stands for “Systematic Problem Solving” The process is based on the principles  PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act). Here we have an example of the worksheet used in “A3 problem solving” methodology.

The A3 approach is divided into a number of steps which can vary. Most often, eight (8) problem-solving steps are used.

  1. Problem description, Initial Perception (PLAN)
  2. Breakdown of the Problem, Problem Clarification (PLAN)
    • Mapping out for this step can be driven by a set of questions. For example, the “5 W’s (what, where, when, why, who) and 2H’s” (how, how many).
  3. Point of Cause, Setting Target (PLAN)
  4. Containment (PLAN)
  5. Cause and Effect, Ishikawa (PLAN)
  6. Follow Up Action, Corrective Actions (DO)
  7. Effect Confirmation (CHECK)
  8. Share the successfully implemented actions (ACT)

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In conclusion, by following this methodology we will be more efficient while we are solving problems or at least we will increase our possibilities to solve the problem using this process. It is very important, as the JP says always to create the perfect environment to work, removing things that are not relevant and starting with a solid base, as we can see in this tool where 5 points are based on planning our actions.

DHL Supply Chain

The growth in global manufacturing trading creates a complicated supply chain which is involving multiple parties with the same goal: to provide and excellent service to the customer.

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It is a challenge to align efficiently all the parties, taking into account the differences that may exist among them as duplicated data or unstructured and untraceable communications, which creates uncertainty about where your products are every time. Thus, the system  become reactive rather than proactive.

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SOLUTION

One Collaborative Communications Platform 

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The platform provides end-to-end visibility with 100% live updated information, which will create confidence for the customer because he will now at every time in live where is exactly the product. Moreover will provide the necessary information in order to avoid and prevent any issue.

How it works?

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Throughout the order, the engineer, the courier, warehouse operative and all managerial users can connect directly by using live chat  by using the smart technology noticing every errors, delays or any issue that can arise.

In conclusion, the system creates an environment where, increase visibility and control, improved planning and probability and bring all contributors of the supply chain into a single collaborative platform  in order to increase efficiency by connecting all the parts.

UPALET BY ALPESA

In our last lesson of innovation management, we watched a short video about Upalet, the carton pallet, which is an innovation in the market of pallets. Despite it was in the class of innovation management, I also could appreciate​ a connection with logistics, so I decided to introduce you this new product as an alternative to the traditional pallets, and also its advantages described in its features.

Its main features are the following ones:

Light

Between 1kg to 8 kg compared to 32 kg that can weigh the current pallets

Ecological.

Developed with materials that are not harmful to the environment.Reduces CO2

Recyclable. Sustainable.

The carton pallet is 100% recyclable, even has a residual value that allows the owner to recover part of his investment.

Compact. Accessible.

Thanks to its interlocking stacked for can be stored in a much more compact way, reducing space and optimising transport and storage.

Safe.

Because of its weight and the useless of metal things is safer avoiding serious accidents. For example, when my father was working as a truck driver, once a pallet fell on his head and cause him a lot of pain. With Upalet, he would avoid suffering that much.

Resistant

Able to hold 4000Kg the maximum.

Economic

Competitive price in the market.

As we can see, the Upalet represents a trend-setting product, which is not only with better features than the current pallets but also is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Have a look at this promotional video, where you can see in a more fun way the things I just have said. Hope you enjoy!

Source:

http://upalet.com/index.html

LEAN CULTURE 5’S

I was wondering why JP tells us every time when we work in groups to remove all the stuff from the table. I must confess that the first time he told us to change the layout of the class, although I thought that was a good idea, I also thought that was an unnecessary step. Moreover, I always thought that we don’t need to remove our stuff from the table in order to become more creative and effective or efficient. But now,  my point of view have changed since I have recently joined to a new workplace I realised how important is to have all my stuff organised in order to be more productive.

I would like to introduce the 5’s methodology, which I believe we all already know. 5’s methodoilogy is composed of 5 Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. Its word in English are: Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain. It aims to create and maintain a clean, orderly pleasant work environment in order to facilitate the daily work which follows the productivity and the efficiency.

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The theory says that “Dirty, cluttered, or damaged surfaces attract the eye, which spends a fraction of a second trying to pull useful information from them every time we glance past. Old equipment hides the new equipment from the eye and forces people to ask which to use” (Ward, Allen (March 2014)).

In conclusion, it is obvious that we all apply automatically parts of this method in our daily life, but if we force a bit ourselves and applying all these steps we would become more useful in our companies and become more successful in our daily life. Sometimes the simple tips are the useful ones.

Ps: I leave you this short but interesting video explaining in a practic way step by step how to apply 5s methodology. Hope you enjoy!

OTTO- THE SELF-DRIVING TRUCK

 

Using technology to innovate and enhance every industry has become something very usual nowadays. The technological advances of the last years have allowed companies to develop and implement IT systems in its daily routine. In this post, I would like to introduce you Otto, the self-driving truck developed by Uber which is being already used in the transportation industry.

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Otto is designing a new approach to modern transportation, starting with self-driving trucks. Currently, Otto’s truck doesn’t seek to substitute drivers, but help them in they daily work and improve their lifestyles making money for them while they are taking a rest or doing another stuff.

Because of long-haul transit is vital for nearly 70% of the things we buy, Otto has the commitment to develop this technology with the commitment to enhance our lifestyles and looking for the common interests. With Otto, deliveries will take less time than in the traditional way, because the machine doesn’t get tired, therefore while truck driver is taking a rest, the self-driving truck will continue with the journey and the goods will arrive soon, saving not only CO2 emissions but also money and time. Hence, trucks can make more deliveries and become more efficient matching with all the demand of goods.Another and interesting point of Otto is the safety, due to most of the fatalities are occurring in the highway are because of human mistakes and with Otto’s technology this will be reduced considerably.

In conclusion, will be interesting to see in the coming years how this technology is taking place in the industry. Moreover, the fist self-driving truck delivery took place in Colorado, USA, where a self-driving truck delivered 50.000 cans of beers.

Source:

http://ot.to/

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/ubers-self-driving-truck-makes-first-delivery-50000-beers/

 

 

INDITEX LOGISTICS

The logistics of Inditex is admirable. Its strategy consists of having a wide number of subsidiaries around all the world, but one single headquarter in Spain, specifically in Galicia. This headquarters works as a distribution point for all the company, distributing to all their stores worldwide, twice a week their requested products.Therefore, with this logistics system, Inditex avoid the accumulation of stock and get that all the stores can renew their offer constantly.

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The internal communication of the company is a key point of this rapid distribution, even achieving that all the stores around the world get the products at the same time. For instance, the stores of japan get the products at the same time that the stores of France.

Regarding the means of transport, Inditex uses land and air transport, depending on the destination.

Finally, have a look at this video, which basically contains all the information that I have already wrote but visually, so you can strengthen all the main ideas.

Enjoy it.

DECATHLON WAREHOUSE STRATEGY

I have recently read about decathlon and I’d like to introduce you the warehouse strategy they are following. Decathlon is one of the world’s largest sporting goods retailers. Today, there are more than 850 stores in 22 countries.

Principally, the products that they have stocked in their warehouses, the called 20/80 (Originally from the Pareto’s Principle) products, that is to say, the 20% of their products represents the 80% of the sales, which are mainly the sports shoes and textiles. For other products, they have in stock just the cheaper range. Therefore, if you need an expensive product or minority sports products, they have to order it directly to the factory.

In this way, Decathlon focuses more producing cheaper products that will be sold soon and avoid the accumulation of stock.