The ultimate goal of lean thinking is to reduce reliance on warehousing. Warehousing and distribution center management are necessary because of extended lead times and unbalanced business process connections. To manage these as efficiently as possible, implement lean principles into your warehouse and distribution center.
Lean concepts are well known in manufacturing, but progressive managers of warehouses and distribution centers are starting to understand what lean can do for them. Warehouses and distribution centers are extensions of manufacturing operations. When leaders understand this principle, then using the same lean principles makes perfect sense in achieving total alignment within an organization.
Check out this informative video on the Lean Warehouse by Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.