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- August 10, 2011 -


Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: Creating the Perfect One-Page Supply Chain Report


Excellent Example of How the One-Page Approach can Improve Communication and Understanding, Whether In Lean Projects or Not


By SCDigest Editorial Staff



Earlier this week, SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore did a review of the interesting new book The One-Page Report, of course, by South African authors Peter Handlinger and Greg Landwehr.


The book describes how to create an effective one-page report, providing a visual view of the data and meaning, such as is used in the so-called A3 documents in the Lean world. (The authors both formerly worked at Toyota.)

We liked one of the example reports used in the book, on a manufacturing improvement project for a fictional steel company, enough that we thought was worth repeating here, as our Graphic of the Week. This chart was taken from the full review, which can be found here: Excellent Advice on How to Create a Rocking "One Pager" in Excel. (This is a slightly higher resolution version.)



Source: The One Page Report...Of Course


As noted in the full review, the real differentiator in the book is that it demonstrates in very clear terms how to build such a one pager in Excel, as indeed this example was. The authors found in their consulting work that lack of skills to use the more advanced capabilities in Excel was the top barrier to doing such work.

We think there is lots of room in supply chain for this approach, whether in formal Lean projects or everyday work.

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Oct. 3, 2008

There are valid reasons for both the DC and DSD distribution models, but neither should determine the store assortment, which depends on the consumer.

The Distribution Center model makes sense when you have many prepackaged products which are continuously replenished and require little in-store servicing. With the facility justified, you can also add seasonal and holiday 'in and out' products which can share the distribution network.

The key is to manage the time supply of inventory in the warehouse and distribute it efficiently.

The Direct Store Delivery model can be implemented purely as a distribution method or also allow the manufacturer to manage some of the in-store merchandizing.

I do not see any advantage of using DSD simply to deliver merchandise. Although it may help the 'mom and pops' that are on the same route as a large retailer, the DSD model must be more expensive. Once the big drops are removed, it will become more costly to reach the independent retailers but the larger retailer must benefit.

If DSD is used to support in-store merchandising, then you have a different story. The manufacturer's representative can give their products the individual attention that increases their sales. The bad thing is that they can also load up the store with inventory if no one is watching.

Bill Bittner
BWH Consulting


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