Creating a lean supplier network: A distribution industry case

Peter Hines, Nick Rich, Ann Esain

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper describes the application of a lean logistics approach to the development of a supplier network around a prominent distributor of electronic, electrical and mechanical components. This involved mapping the activities of the firm, identifying opportunities for improvement and then undertaking an improvement programme with the firm. The resulting Supplier Association programme involved around 50 key suppliers across eight product category areas. The paper explores the different methods employed together with the support structure that was created. It concludes with evidence of the early results of the programmes as well as a number of key learning points for other organisations wishing to follow a similar path.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Lean
  • Supplier association
  • Value stream mapping

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Creating a lean supplier network: A distribution industry case'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this