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Lean Supply Chain (LSC)

Lean supply is often viewed as one of a set of techniques for managing operations effectively (Found and Rich)

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The 'lean revolution' can be traced beck to 1980s Japan where companies successfully operated just-in-time (JIT) systems. Over the subsequent decade elements of the Japanese manufacturing and inventory techniques were incorporated into the Western supply chains (CIPS: Lean and agile purchasing and supply management). Today, lean supply chain and lean manufacturing are applied to many organisational processes. The major difference between the two is the scale and the basis of lean implementation. Thus, lean manufacturing practices are inward-oriented and are "carried out on the basis of expert-driven projects", while lean supply chain are "outward and carried out on the basis of full collaborations" (Rivera et al., 2005).

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The benefits of lean manufacturing include lead time reduction, reduced inventory and overall cost saving (Feld)

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