As word gets out about their potential to reduce total logistics costs and warehouse space requirements, Lean programs have been attracting a lot of attention. But proponents of Lean emphasize that it's not just an initiative or a program; it's a culture or way of life. So in "Lean Warehousing Essentials," a seminar presented by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), instructors don't just pass on the fundamentals of Lean, they also try to indoctrinate participants in the culture, which stresses problem solving, continuously searching for and eliminating waste, and increasing responsiveness to customer demands.
WERC says attendees will learn tools, tips, and techniques for implementing Lean; Lean terminology; and how to apply Lean principles in the warehouse. Participants will leave the seminar with a tactical plan to implement their own Lean improvement initiatives.
The next seminar will be held Nov. 13-14 in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.werc.org.