BiographyLou is vice president of Sedlak, which he joined in 1979. Actively involved in leading projects, his expertise is in strategic planning, facility analysis, productivity improvement, systems development, and statistical analysis of warehousing systems and networks. He strives to ensure that Sedlak provides clients with the optimal solutions to their logistics and distribution problems and projects are delivered on time and within budget.
He has spoken at the Parcel Shipping & Distribution Forum, Parcel Logistics, the National Retail Federation Annual Conference, ProMat and the National Conference on Operations & Fulfillment. Mr. Cerny is a frequent contributor to professional journals including Modern Materials Handling, Operations & Fulfillment, DC Velocity and WERC Sheet. He is a board member of the Northeast Ohio WERCouncil.
Lou holds a Master of Business Administration, Finance; and Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering.
Areas of Expertise
•Supply Chain & Logistics Network Planning - Current and future logistics systems evaluation, strategic issue formulation and analysis, inventory allocation and flow strategies, long-range forecasting, statistical development.
•Facility Design & Design - Computer simulation and animation; economic analysis, including ROI; detailed drawing and specification development; solicitations of competitive bids and vendor evaluations; transition planning and implementation management.
•Material Handling Equipment Selection & Implementation - Develop innovative MHE solutions; determine capital estimating and budget; create detailed, engineered layouts, functional specifications, and bid packages; and solicit qualified suppliers, evaluate bids, coordinate vendor presentations, and make recommendations.
•IT Selection and Implementation - Implementation of many industry software programs—ERP, WMS, LMS, and TMS—for industry leaders: Manhattan, RedPrairie, Oracle, HighJump, and QSSI.
•Operational/Process Improvements for Cost Reductions - Facility/operational assessments and process audits; energy savings; productivity enhancement programs, engineered standards, labor management, and work measurement; best practices and benchmarking applications; backroom planning, and SKU profiling.
•Sustainable/Green Technology - Best practices for new and existing facilities.