7 Steps to Self Assessment
Just as the company must prioritize the processes in which it will invest in improvement, it must also take special care to focus the level of improvement targeted.
It must establish targets that are reasonable to achieve. Therefore, it may need to establish achievable, near-term targets for selected focus areas.
These initiatives may represent a significant cross-functional, cross-regional effort. Any large project typically requires centralized project management and significant funding. But mind you, it’s well worth the effort.
By following these benchmarking steps, you’ll mark for improvement the processes that’ll have the most impact on the company. Those improvement targets will be both reasonable and realistic.
I recommend the following resources:
• Warehouse Managers Guide for Benchmarking - Unleashing Best Practices in Your Warehouse, WERC 2007
• Warehousing & Fulfillment Process Benchmark & Best Practice Guide, WERC 2007
Kate Vitasek is the founder and managing partner of Supply Chain Visions, a consulting firm that specializes in benchmarking and education. You can reach her at kate@SCVisions.com, Web site: SCVisions.com.