The UNEX Blog

Inventory: Why keeping comfort stock should make you very uncomfortable

We all know keeping excess inventory on hand is not a good business practice, but as much as we understand the importance of just-in-time supply practices, we’re easily susceptible to all those pesky “what-ifs:”

Overprocessing: When too much of a good thing is bad


Here’s How You Can Ensure Automotive Manufacturing Efficiency

Logistics and assembly have a lot they can learn from each other across industries and sectors. Consider the “manufacturing supermarket,” part of the Toyota Production System that mimics the functionality of a retail supermarket within automotive...

Transportation: When work-in-progress becomes a moving target

Any multi-step production process has its logistical challenges, from transporting and receiving components from suppliers to transferring in-production items from one operational area to another. The longer and more circuitous the transit routes, the...

Waiting: Always a losing game

In manufacturing, production, and distribution environments, rhythm is essential. A smooth, steady, predictable flow ensures that each critical component – tools, parts, materials, labor, equipment, information – is available in exactly the right form...

Dealing with Complex Holiday Shopping Trends? Here’s How to Stay Ahead

Consumer holiday shopping is not just increasing year-over-year; for many retailers, it’s getting much more complex. Many retailers are managing everything from e-commerce to brick-and-mortar stores and everything in between:

Can Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Survive Amazon?

It’s a holly-jolly time of year for consumers, who are shopping in droves online and at brick-and-mortar stores across the United States.

Overproduction - Volume or Value? [The 7 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing]


Emphasis on boosting productivity is prevalent in the manufacturing industry. It might seem counterintuitive to name overproduction as the primary source of waste, but across most organizations, it consistently is. That’s because the volume of work...

How to Make Sure Your Fulfillment Keeps Up with the Holiday Rush

This holiday season, both brick and mortar and online retailers (and those serving their shipping needs) are planning for increased shopping volumes.

What is Lean Waste? [The 7 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing]

Lean wastes are any activity or cost that add no value. 

Waste, in Lean terms, is any activity that does not add value to the product, costs you money and resources, and earns you nothing as a business. From operating losses to missed opportunities,...

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