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Panalpina's 'Lean' training programme for logistics accredited


Swiss logistics giant, Panalpina, has gained accreditation for its "Lean" training programme, two years after the company's logistics division set out to incorporate lean manufacturing principles into its global operations.
The Lean Competency System (LCS) accreditation developed in partnership with Cardiff University, means that Panalpina's in-house training programme is on a par with the university's own world renowned practices, a company statement said.
"Panalpina has developed a whole new way of working in logistics where it operates like a manufacturer and runs its facilities like factories," said Peter Hines of SA Partners, who has worked closely with the firm to develop the new approach.
"The key to the success of this new way of working is involving and educating its global workforce to ensure that everyone contributes - and its training programme is at the heart of this."
The introduction of a lean model has impacted every area of the company's work. Recent changes range from the complete re-design of layouts and processes to increase capacity by up to 200 per cent, to developing ways to capture and implement small improvements generated by front-line staff.
The Logistics Excellence (LogEx) initiative to improve profitability and to turn around operations that require assistance involves all 70 countries where the company has its own operations. The initiative relies on the whole organisation pulling together to ensure its strategic goals are supported and executed locally.
Once a local site strategy is developed, workshops are held and a comprehensive training programme is developed. The programme is managed through PanAcademy, the company's online training tool, and makes use of internal and external coaches.
To date, the company has launched 350 lean projects around the world, with 125 people taking the initiative to lead projects, according to Shipping Gazette.
The company has a particular focus on the fast moving fashion and technology industries whose supply chains benefit the most from such work.
"Incorporating lean from manufacturing into the logistics industry was a challenge but we've found a way," said global head of logistics Mike Wilson.
"We have already seen some excellent improvements at our facilities around the world but our work will never finish. Lean is an ongoing process and so is our desire to create ever-more efficient supply chains for our customers."

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