The advantages of Lean Logistics are generally very significant: elimination of waste, better operational efficiency, better customer service, lower financial costs.
In order to get these results it is necessary to apply methods like 5S, that improves order and tidiness, and VMS that supports process mapping and improvement.
A reduction in movements and transports, an efficient maintenance and an effective performance monitoring system are among the most important measures to improve the efficiency of logistic activities and warehouse management.
Specialized information systems like WMS (Warehouse Management System) can make all logistic activities faster and more efficient.
Another solution, still not much used by SMEs, but largely used by large scale retailers as well as companies in the automotive, food and fashion sectors is logistics outsourcing. To delegate warehouse management and distribution to a third party can become a competitive advantage because it makes it possible to benefit from the economies of scale and the competencies of the logistic provider, while, at the same time, ensuring a high level of customer service and a complete control of the activities performed.