A sharp increase in volume or lot size, substantial increases in product variety, and requirements resulting from digitization call for new and efficient logistics concepts.

This fast paced environment is not about to slow down in the future. Solutions have to be flexible so they can be easily adapted. Large investments will be a thing of the past. The key for many companies now is to work toward flow-based logistics.

Waste in the traditional sense can still be found in most companies, even across different functions. The introduction of lean principles in production often triggers the decision to begin a lean logistics project and define new requirements in logistics.

Integrated view of logistics and production

The Lean Logistics approach we take at 4flow consulting makes it possible to break up old structures. Lean and standardized logistics processes are implemented in the organization and logistics costs are lowered sustainably. The reliable 4flow lean management approach calls for taking an integrated look at logistics and production. Manufacturing processes can then be optimized from end to end. During this, innovative logistics processes are designed according to customer requirements at plants as well as warehouses or cross-docks.

4flow achieves cost-optimized, quantifiable, and scalable processes. Experience shows that supply chain costs can often be reduced in the double-digit percentage range. Moreover, lean logistics projects can lead to the following results:

  • Reductions in supply chain space
  • Lower inventories
  • Elimination of standstills and delays in logistics and production
  • Reduction of throughput time
  • Increases in product availability
  • Less logistics personnel and equipment required

New standard processes are developed and layout alternatives are designed, based on the 4flow lean logistics principles. After a successful pilot phase, the standard processes are rolled out and firmly established in the organization.

4flow utilizes tried-and-true lean logistics modules in multifaceted projects and gets customized solutions with a high rate of standardization.

As an active partner, 4flow also supports the change process and sustainable implementation.

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