What Is Internal Logistics?
As we achieve a continuous flow within an operation, it’s common for supporting systems to lag behind in development. One example is that material handling and parts supply processes are neglected. As a result, they can’t keep up with the faster pace of one-piece flow. This requires that we build a system of internal logistics that enables continuous flow. Learn the definition and scope of internal logistics, the five main differences between flow-focused and traditional logistics, and the five building blocks of this system.
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Building an internal logistics system often involves making many detailed changes to how materials are received, handled, stored, transported, and presented to internal customers. A common mistake is to build a logistics system optimized around one or two factors, like space usage or logistics labor. The result is that we improve these metrics but fail to serve customers well. Learn the eight-step approach we can follow to optimize the entire material flow.