HCBE Faculty Articles

Development of a Lean Logistic Assessment and Analytics Tool


Edie Schmidt0000-0002-4392-3660


Kimberly Deranek0000-0001-8203-8827

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Papers and Proceedings – Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute 2020

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This study examined logistical best practices and critical success factors to develop an assessment tool to rate the maturity of the current and desired states of lean logistics operations in small and medium enterprises. The tool consists of 48 best practices classified into eight critical factors: Inventory, Transportation, Administration, Information Systems, Warehouse, Forecasting, Packaging and Supplier Network. The best practices and critical factors were developed through literature review with a comparative analysis to define commonalities. The assessment tool will be created, validated by subject matter experts using different criteria, including: clarity, content accuracy, relevance, content validity, bias avoidance, appropriateness of language, and clarity of instructions.

Peer Reviewed