On Nov. 12, 17 graduate students from Cleveland State University (CSU) toured CLI’s flagship logistics optimization center (LOC) in Austintown, Ohio, as part of the university’s Executive MBA program.
Alan Hicks, plant manager at the 500,000-square foot LOC, and Lou Conti, program manager, provided the graduate students with a behind-the-scenes look at the intricate processes involved in bringing new products to market.
For example, as a strategic logistics partner for the all-new Chevrolet Cruze, CLI receives parts and components from hundreds of global suppliers and builds complex vehicle configurations for just-in-time delivery to General Motors’ assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The LOC also oversees scheduling, storage and retrieval, metering, sequencing, kitting, returnable containers and outbound transportation for the Cruze line .
CLI schedules and receives more than 30 containers per day from overseas suppliers. Inbound vehicle parts and components are then used to build approximately 900 vehicle subassemblies daily. At full capacity, the LOC will build more than 1,000 complex configurations—
Graduate students were impressed by CLI’s 55-second cycle time, a result of the company’s deeply ingrained process-improvement culture. They also learned about the company’s stringent 40-micron quality standard and the high-tech vision systems and multiple error-proofing techniques that ensure compliance. “Imagine splitting a single human hair lengthwise seven times,” Hicks said. “That’s our tolerance for error.”
Hicks also offered an overview of the company’s proprietary supply chain intelligence system, which provides CLI’s clients with lot- and part-level visibility across the entire supply chain—from first mile to last.
“The processes that were covered parallel our current course of study,” says Paul Dulick, executive MBA student at CSU. “It is evident that Comprehensive Logistics successfully delivers just-in-time solutions through the use of state-of-the-
“The representatives of Comprehensive Logistics were very welcoming, and their knowledge sharing really demonstrated their high-level expertise of the logistics industry,” adds Shante R. Roddy, another executive MBA student. “Likewise, as a quality manager, I found the company culture to be grounded in lean practices with focus on continuous improvements, which has contributed to their continued success in delivering quality products to their customers.”
“It was truly a great experience,”
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About Comprehensive Logistics Inc.
Comprehensive Logistics Inc. (CLI) is a premier provider of holistic warehousing, distribution and transportation management capabilities. Founded in 1995, CLI manages more than 4 million square feet of facility operating space in the United States and Canada and is ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 certified. A non-asset-based, end-to-end supply chain services company with roots in the transportation industry dating back to 1903, CLI specializes in subassembly, sequencing and value-added processes. The company engages lean management techniques to engineer unique service models that surpass the most stringent quality standards. CLI’s refined process- and technology-based culture cultivates collaborative business relationships based on real-time transparency and unrestricted access to part-level control. For more information, call 800.734.0372, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.complog.com.