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New Book Tells How to Develop Lean, Green Supply Chains

Before beginning a teaching career at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Doermer School of Business, Robert Palevich spent nearly three decades operating supply chains at Do it Best Corp. and advising such companies as GE, 3M, Sherwin Williams, and Black and Decker. Now he has taken that knowledge and put it into a new book, The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain: How to Create a Green Infrastructure with Lean Technologies, which will be printed later this year and released early next year.

Promotional materials for the book include comments from the president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., Robert N. Taylor, who says Palevich’s book “… moves far beyond the basics of “inventory” management to the exceedingly more complex and content-rich environment of “information” management, and it provides a GPS map for the road to the future of the global supply chain. Even while Rob is officially retired, his talents and expertise continue to feed the success of Do it Best Corporation as they raise the bar on supply chain initiatives and strive to make the best better.”

Palevich says, “Lean, green supply chain management combines the efficiency of lean technologies with the environmental and cost benefits of sustainability. This book illuminates the business benefits of combining lean and green and shows how to redesign company infrastructure and technologies to achieve these benefits.”

The book is being published by Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as FT Press, in Upper Saddle River, N.J. Information about the book can be found on