E5: GA Larson’s Greg Toler Goes from 18 to 53 Distribution Centers
Listen to this riveting podcast as George Muha interview’s Gustave A. Larson Company’s Vice President of Supply Chain Greg Toler. In this episode, Greg describes his amazingly successful career in operations that took him from a professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees to going back to school and learning distribution from some fantastic mentors.
After playing 6-years of Major League Baseball, Toler cut his teeth in the Jacksonville, FL distribution center for Boise Cascade Office Products where he spent 12-years learning best of breed operational processes and techniques. In 1999, he took a Director of Distribution job for GA Larson where he helped the company go from 18 distribution centers to 53 and to the position he holds now.
Toler describes how he used his experience from Boise Cascade to bring an immediate impact to GA Larson by implementing Variable Labor Budget (VLB) to measure all of his operational costs and utilizing his own fleet to manage his inbound lead times.
Greg credits his success because of his people and processes and a very supportive ownership who shared Toler’s belief in operational excellence. Toler goes into great detail about things like driving efficiencies, empowering employees and the importance of intertwining purchasing and supply chain.
Lastly, Toler encourages every one in operations to invest in continuous education and networking to make sure they stay fresh and keep learning.
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