Using Lean Principles

United Electric Supply and Butler Supply showcase lean principles for process improvements in the Secrets of Successful Electrical Distributors series. By implementing small changes to their warehouse operations, United Electric Supply has seen, and measured, some impressive results. Butler Supply explains how they approached eliminating waste and engaging other employees to make their warehouse operations more efficient. Five years later, Butler Supply realized a 30% increase volume in their distribution center while not adding to their head count.

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Primary Subject Area: Business Profitability

Audience: Electrical distributors.


United Electric Supply - 2016
Butler Supply - 2015

Prepared by: NAED

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Non-member Price: $349.00

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Video Series: This video series helps educate, empower and teach why and how to use lean principles.

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Webinars: The following archived webinars are available to NAED members. Contact Member Services for archived copies. 

  • Why Lean is Good for Your Business
  • How to Engage Employees in Lean

Process Improvement & Lean Six Sigma
Guest blogger, Tracy O'Rourke with, explains the importance of process improvement and Lean Six Sigma in your business. Read her blog post and let her know your thoughts.


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