14 Sep 2021

Lead Time Reduction through Value Stream Mapping

2021-09-14T00:17:46-04:00September 14th, 2021|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing, Risk Mitigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Lead time reduction is something all manufacturers wish to achieve. By identifying work-in-process (WIP), value stream mapping helps to pinpoint which processes in a production sequence drive overall lead time. Finding ways to reduce work-in-process (WIP) helps to reduce lead time.

25 Aug 2021

Procurement Outsourcing Vs. Insourcing

2021-08-27T09:42:27-04:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: Inventory Management, Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain Management|Tags: , , , , , |

Outsourcing the procurement of some materials (direct or indirect) is appealing since most manufacturers lack the capabilities or capacity to successfully capture the full value of total spend optimization. Procurement outsourcing providers employ many resources that client companies often lack in sufficient quantities such as procurement expertise, category knowledge, technology, and processes. Yet, while outsourcing procurement has its advantages it also poses some risks…

2 Mar 2021

Cost Multiplier Effect of Lead Time

2021-03-09T21:15:40-04:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , |

Lead time has a significant impact on inventory level. Thus, reducing lead time should be top of mind for manufacturers looking to better control their parts inventory. Long lead times tie up cash in huge inventories. This is cash that could be better used elsewhere in the business such as generating more sales or improving competitiveness.

22 Feb 2021

Tips for Effective Supply Chain Management Contracts

2021-03-01T09:37:05-04:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , |

Cooperation is necessary for any supplier agreement to be successful. However, successful cooperation in supply chain management relies significantly on effective contracts. Supply chain management contracts require clear, guidelines understood and agreed upon by all relevant parties. To create better contracts and manage them well, it’s necessary to carefully consider a few key elements.

25 Jun 2014

Mitigating Risk in Purchasing and Supply Chain with Cloud Services

2017-03-21T12:00:35-04:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Lean Learning|Tags: , |

Here at Falcon, we are big proponents of outsourcing functions that are not a core competency. It is how we help our customers every day since our core competency involves dealing with the details involved with purchasing and coordinating inventory levels for parts that cost pennies on the dollar. Through no fault of their own, the ability to source and manage these nuisance items effectively, typically falls outside of a purchasing manager’s proficiencies.

Likewise, more and more businesses are beginning to take a similar approach with their IT infrastructure. […]