Improving road transport operations through lean thinking: A case study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/604762
Title:
Improving road transport operations through lean thinking: A case study
Authors:
Villarreal, Bernardo; Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo ( 0000-0002-5493-877X ) ; Kumar, Vikas; Lim, Ming K.
Abstract:
Traditionally, logistics and transportation problems have been addressed through mathematical modelling, operations research, and simulation, but criticism has emerged about their effectiveness to actually address real-life problems. This paper documents a case study whereby the road transport operations of a leading Mexican brewery were improved through lean thinking and waste reduction. Two lean-based principles and tools were combined; the Seven Transportation Extended Wastes and Transportation Value Stream Mapping. Three systematic steps were proposed to facilitate the implementation of improvement. Feasibility studies conducted in this research suggested that lean thinking is an effective alternative for the improvement of road transport operations. The findings of this research could be used as guidance for transport managers to improve road transport operations. This paper also expands the limited evidence of the application of lean thinking in road transport logistics and highlights the research areas where its application has been concentrated in this sector.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Villarreal, B., Garza-Reyes, J.A., Kumar, V., Lim, M.K. (2016), 'Improving road transport operations through lean thinking: A case study', International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management, 20 (2), pp. 163-180. DOI: 10.1080/13675567.2016.1170773
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management
Issue Date:
Apr-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/604762
Additional Links:
http://www.derby.ac.uk/staff/jose-arturo-garza-reyes/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1367-5567
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Supply Chain Improvement

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorVillarreal, Bernardoen
dc.contributor.authorGarza-Reyes, Jose Arturoen
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Vikasen
dc.contributor.authorLim, Ming K.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-07T14:40:38Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-07T14:40:38Zen
dc.date.issued2016-04en
dc.identifier.citationVillarreal, B., Garza-Reyes, J.A., Kumar, V., Lim, M.K. (2016), 'Improving road transport operations through lean thinking: A case study', International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management, 20 (2), pp. 163-180. DOI: 10.1080/13675567.2016.1170773en
dc.identifier.issn1367-5567en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/604762en
dc.description.abstractTraditionally, logistics and transportation problems have been addressed through mathematical modelling, operations research, and simulation, but criticism has emerged about their effectiveness to actually address real-life problems. This paper documents a case study whereby the road transport operations of a leading Mexican brewery were improved through lean thinking and waste reduction. Two lean-based principles and tools were combined; the Seven Transportation Extended Wastes and Transportation Value Stream Mapping. Three systematic steps were proposed to facilitate the implementation of improvement. Feasibility studies conducted in this research suggested that lean thinking is an effective alternative for the improvement of road transport operations. The findings of this research could be used as guidance for transport managers to improve road transport operations. This paper also expands the limited evidence of the application of lean thinking in road transport logistics and highlights the research areas where its application has been concentrated in this sector.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.derby.ac.uk/staff/jose-arturo-garza-reyes/en
dc.subjectLeanen
dc.subjectRoad transportationen
dc.subjectTransportation efficiencyen
dc.subjectValue stream mappingen
dc.subjectWaste eliminationen
dc.titleImproving road transport operations through lean thinking: A case studyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Managementen
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