Managing a Lean Efficient Supply Chain

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07/22/2014, 7:30AM - 07/23/2014, 4:00PM
San Antonio, Texas

Phone: 224-232-5980



This interactive workshop extends the benefits of lean manufacturing outward from the factory floor to encompass the entire strategic supply chain, thereby enabling firms to trim waste from every step in the recurring value stream.  The five principles of lean thinking and the methods of kaizen are applied to each stage of supply chain management, including establishing linkage and flow within the supplier network, elimination of transaction costs, use of visual communication, methods of standard work, and reduction of procurement lead time and inventory queues.  Practical methods for identifying and eliminating wasted cost, unnecessary delays, and excess inventory are presented, along with recommendation for building an integrated supply chain through the use of Internet-based “e-management,” and strategies for exploiting B2B marketplaces and auction sites. The theory is backed up by on-the-job examples and real results


  • Fundamentals of Supply-Chain Management
  • Sources of Waste and Opportunities for Improvement
  • The Five Principles of Lean Thinking
  • Kaizen Methods
  • Exception Management
  • Transaction Costs
  • Lean Partnerships
  • Outsourcing Issues
  • Cost of Carrying Inventory
  • Time Batches and JIT Information
  • Standard Work Methods
  • Urgency-Based Network Coordination
  • Internet-Based Information Sharing (Extranets)
  • Establishing Linkages and Flow
  • Testing for Value in Transactions
  • Visual Communication and Control
  • The “Reservation System”
  • The Integrated Materials Team
  • Standard Work Methods/Templates
  • TAKT Time and Pull Signals
  • The Lean Make-vs-Buy Approach
  • Visual Communication
  • Lessons from information and Queuing Theory


Doug Carlberg

Chairman and CEO of M2 Global Manufacturing and M2 Global Solutions, he has over 30 years of experience in operations management in the electronics, telecommunications, and defense industries.  His background includes more than 20 years of Executive leadership with profit and loss responsibility for leading high-technology commercial and defense firms. His areas of expertise include directing all lean manufacturing aspects of product development, production, supply chain management, sales, and service. The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in manufacturing, he serves as president of the Southwest Region of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and is on the board of governors for the Shingo Prize.

John Puckett

Founder and president of Visions of Excellence, a training and consulting firm that specializes in the implementation of lean manufacturing and supply chain initiatives for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms.  He was co-founder and vice president of manufacturing for XEL Communications, Inc., a manufacturer of private line/special service telecommunications equipment that was recognized by Industry Week as one of America’s Top Ten Best Plants.  Mr. Puckett has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing, including industrial engineering, program management, production operations, materials management, and executive operations management.  His areas of expertise include business development, team-based management, lean manufacturing, and supply chain management.


Day 1

7:30am         Registration
8:00am         Introductions

  • What is Lean Supply Management
  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

5:00pm         Adjournment

Day 2

8:00am         Tools for Speed and Efficiency
4:00pm         Adjournment

A number of the Lean Methods are supported by a hands-on workshop exercises designed to make these concepts a practical reality in your firm.


  • Purchasing and Supply Chain professionals
  • Materials Managers
  • Finance and cost personnel
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Product and Supplier Quality personnel 
  • Improvement Champions


  • Reduction in the total number of suppliers
  • Increased profit margins on all manufactured products 
  • Elimination of non-value-added test and inspection steps
  • Improved supply-chain flexibility and responsiveness
  • Accelerated material flow at every point in the supply chain
  • Efficient use of contract manufacturing and turn-key distributors
  • Maximized return on capital assets


Drury Inn & Suite NW 
9806 IH 10 West 
San Antonio, TX
(210) 561-2510

 AME Room rate is $77.99 per night (not including tax)
Ask for the M2 Global rate


You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award winning Target magazine and much more. 

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry. 

Cancellation Policy:  Enrollment fee less a $150 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop. 

Notes:  This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.


  • Member Fee: $695
  • Student Member Fee: $95
  • Non-Member Fee: $895

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