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Three Tips For Improving Your Supply Chain Productivity

Guest Contributor on Oct 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

101116.jpegPrime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tom Reddon of National Forklift Exchange, discusses how to enhance efficiency in your supply chain.

Productivity is a magical word in the field of logistics and material handling. In the scope of supply chain operations, productivity is essential for success in a multitude of capacities. Some businesses struggle with driving productivity across their supply chains because they don’t know where to begin.


If you find yourself in the same predicament, there is reason to be excited. Incorporating a few changes in your day to day operations can maximize output and drive substantial change. Here are three key tips to help improve and optimize supply chain productivity:

1. Enhance Communication and Teamwork

Teamwork and productivity go hand-in-hand. With this being said, cohesion is essential in group settings and team-oriented environments. If you are looking to promote productivity across the supply chain, you must reinforce the power of teamwork. This is not just derived from a simple meeting, but a shift in culture and ideologies. Communication builds interaction and as team members learn to master their roles and functions, they find ways to do the same jobs faster and more efficiently. In addition, communication is the only true way to convey risks, hazards and deficiencies. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure morale is kept at the highest level imaginable. This will further reinforce trust at all administrative levels and across various business units. As a direct result of supporting teamwork and communication, the dividends will result in improved productivity.

2. Incorporate Performance Analytics

As technology emerges and business enters the 21st century, there are many different ideologies and approaches that we have seen emerge in the past decade. Among these new schools of thought are Lean Manufacturing, Agile Methodologies and Six Sigma. All of these strategies and theoretical approaches rely on performance analytics. Performance analytics are mathematical algorithms often geared to enhance productivity and efficiency across the supply chain and corresponding business units. Software applications such as SAP often create and introduce some complex statistical analyses that highlight areas that need improvement. Performance analytics take inventory optimization, cost control, order accuracy, handle time, and issue escalation rates into consideration and further generate behaviors and approaches that can improve or decrease these varying narratives in accordance with your organization’s overall goals and objectives.

3. Foster Continuous Improvement 

A continuous improvement champion can change the game in any supply chain. Very simply, it is imperative to have a progressive mindset and a determined demeanor. Continuous improvement is a trendy word found in many workplaces. From the two bullet points featured leading up to this tip, continuous improvement is found at the backbone of all of these concepts. When better ways of doing the same tasks, projects and initiatives are found these items should then be implemented as procedural standards. According to Legacy Supply Chain Services, the development of procedure standards reduces error within the supply chain, resulting in savings in both time and money. Continuous improvement is essential if you wish to decrease your overhead while maximizing results.

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