SCL Course: Building the Lean Supply Chain Professional

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One of the most misunderstood elements of lean thinking is that lean is primarily about manufacturing. Therefore, we need to be able to answer the question, "How does lean apply to the supply chain?" Connecting lean to supply chain management is the core purpose of this second course in a 3-course series on becoming a Lean Supply Chain professional. Participants will build upon their knowledge from the first course and learn how to apply lean principles and problem solving to supply chain functions.The overarching theme for the second course is "systems thinking," where we understand how "pull and one piece flow" will lead to reductions to "total cost" of the supply chain. Participants will once again be challenged to question mental models such as economies of scale and replace them with mental models such as economies of time. Having completed the second course, participants will not only be lean problem solvers, they will understand how to connect lean and waste reduction to supply chain functions.


Robert Martichenko is CEO of LeanCor, LLC. He has years of supply chain, logistics and Lean implementation experience. This experience includes multiple Lean Supply Chain implementations supporting successful organizations including Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Robert authored the books "Success in 60 Seconds" and "Everything I know about Lean I Learned in First Grade." He also co-authored the logistics management book "Lean Six Sigma Logistics," published by J. Ross Publishing and co-authored the workbook "Building the Lean Fulfillment Stream," published by the Lean Enterprise Institute. Robert complements his professional experience with a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Windsor, an MBA in Finance from Baker College and is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt. He can be reached at RMartichenko@leancor.com. Brad Bossence is the Vice President of Customer Relations for LeanCor Supply Chain Group.Founded in 2005, LeanCor is a trusted supply chain partner that delivers operational improvement and measurable financial results. Unlike other third party logistics providers, LeanCor offers a unique combination of third party logistics services, hands-on consulting, and training and education.Brad has over 14 years of third party logistics experience with a specific focus in Japanese production system environments such as Toyota USA, Toyota Canada, Toyota Europe, Kubota, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Subaru. His previous roles include General Manager of Logistics and Operations at Transfreight as well as various contract and operations management positions across the globe.As the Vice President of Customer Relations, Brad’s responsibilities have included the vision, leadership and momentum necessary for LeanCor to develop and significantly grow its global customer base. In addition, he has led on a variety of extensive customer projects – most recently with Cummins Inc. in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on a Materials Flow Redesign and Warehouse Relocation. LeanCor is committed to continuous improvement and fully recognizes performance is measured by real results. As an operator and thought leader, LeanCor relentlessly tries to optimize those processes that add value and eliminate those that are waste.Brad holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA with a focus in International Business and Organizational Behavior from the University of Windsor. He is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and holds various lean and six sigma accreditations.Brad resides in Newnan, Georgia with his wife Aubre and their son Townes.


  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created By: Anita Race
  • Created: 04/22/2014
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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