Lean Supply Chain


This concept reviews the lean supply chain model and discusses how lean logistics and information technology can help companies smooth out and facilitate supply chain flows. It also offers practical implementation guidance along with success factors and real examples.

Technique Overview

Lean Supply Chain Definition

Lean supply chain (LSC) can be defined as a "set of organisations directly linked by upstream and downstream flows of products, services, finances and information that collaboratively work to reduce costs and waste" (Vitasek et al., 2005: 21). Management of an LSC is a process aimed at eliminating waste and nonvalue-adding activities from the overall value stream in the supply chain (Jung et al., 2007).

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Further Reading

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Lean Supply Chain references (4 of up to 20) *

  • Akel, N.G., Tommelein, I.D. and Boyers, J. (2004) Application of Lean Supply Chain Concepts to a Vertically-integrated Company: A Case Study. Proceedings, 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC 12), Copenhagen, August.
  • Baker, S. (2009) Integrating Strategic and Supply Chain Planning at Emerson. Archive for Emerson Process Management. [online] Available at: (logisticsviewpoints.com/tag/emerson-process-management/) [Accessed 08 December 2011].
  • Berstein, R. (ed.) (2007) Lean Supply Chain: Collected Practices and Cases. Productivity Press.
  • CIPS: Lean and Agile Purchasing and Supply Management.

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