JIT Supply Chain

11 Supplier Selection Factors to Establish JIT Supply Chain

In a JIT supply chain, reliable suppliers will reduce supply uncertainty and make the supply chain more effective, therefore supplier selection is crucial. However, Purchasing in JIT environment is different and therefore it requires a slightly different mindset for selecting suppliers who can survive in JIT Supply Chain long term. Researchers1 suggested that the selection and evaluation of supplier’s ability to delivery in JIT Supply Chain should be based upon the following factors: JIT Supply Chain- Quantitative & Qualitative Supplier Selection Factors 1.      Delivery of a Quality Product 2.     Delivery On-Time. 3.     Frequent Deliveries. […]

JIT System

JIT System and Supply Chain Management- 5 Salient Features

A JIT System (Just- in-time System) is an inventory management philosophy aimed at reducing waste and redundant inventory by delivering products, components, or materials just when an organization needs them. When I wrote a blog on JIT Purchasing there has been quite a lot comments and interest from the supply chain community on how it fits in overall inventory management system, therefore, I thought to expand on this topic.   It is well known fact that Kanban and JIT System were developed by the Toyota Motor Company during the 1950s and 1960s. The philosophy of Kanban and JIT System is […]

Lean Vs Agile

Lean vs. Agile Supply Chain – Can You Have One Without the Other?

Lean vs. Agile Supply Chain – Can You Have One Without the Other? [Infographic] Can you run an efficient manufacturing and supply chain organisation without any lean or continuous improvement tools? Can you grow your company and be more responsive without using any agile supply chain efforts? It may come as a serious disappointment to you, but the answer to both is “not really” and “it really depends.” As always, there are always edge cases where a business can thrive using exclusively lean or agile supply chain efforts. However, for the vast majority of us, a sense of balance and […]

JIT Purchasing – 3 Reasons why it is Different from Conventional Purchasing

JIT Purchasing different from Conventional Purchasing? Most of us have worked in both some sort of JIT purchasing (Just In Time purchasing) and conventional manufacturing business. However, in the lean environment, the supply chain process should be capable of supporting Just in Time manufacturing. Manufacturers and suppliers have to adopt an appropriate method of supply acquisition to have availability of right material at right time at right price and in right quality. The Table by Abraham et. al. (1990) shows some of the differences between Just in Time purchasing and conventional purchasing you might be interested to read.   Here […]

7 Questions You Need To Ask Before Starting Continuous Improvement Project

I have seen lot of Continuous Improvement (CI) Projects or Kaizen events started with lot of enthusiasm but more than often done badly,  and then the whole enthusiasm fads away… Why does this happen? It happens mainly because project scope or problem statement is not defined clearly, or in other words it is unclear that “how success is look like”. Since the sponsor wants it to look good. So they try to fudge the outcome or results in strange places with often obscure methods. It might look good for short while but it doesn’t effectively work. Fail in long term! If […]

5 Critical Success Factors of Lean and Six Sigma in SMEs

In early July I wrote a blog on “7 reasons why Six Sigma will fail in Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)” which has gathered some interest and couple of readers have asked me what are the success factors of Lean and Six Sigma deployment in SMEs, if there is any? I thought it is valid questions and I should try to research some Critical Success Factors (CSFs) of Lean and Six Sigma deployment in SMEs. In this blog post I have tried to focus on research from Achanga et al. (2006) and Kumar (2007). Achanga et al. (2006) have successfully […]

7 reasons why Six Sigma will fail in Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

There is a need for small & medium size companies to recognize the benefits of Six Sigma rather than being suspicious of a buyer’s motives, if they ask them to use Six Sigma tools! A buying firm also needs to ensure strong commitment to Six Sigma training programmes that develop the SME’s long-term capability rather than as a means of immediate results to strengthen the relationship between the SME and the large counterpart. Research suggests that key elements for successful deployment of Six Sigma tools in SMEs are: proactive customers and suppliers, commitment to long-term relationships, continuous improvement mentality, creating […]

Lean and Six Sigma

Lean and Six Sigma – Key Similarities and Differences?

Lean and Six Sigma are probably the most researched, published and utilized Continuous Improvement methodologies in Operations Management and Supply Chain. Lot of guys in my team are eager to learn both Lean and Six Sigma tools but they don’t always know which method and tools are applied in which problem scenario. I thought I should try  to answer this problem scenario…. One way to look at how lean management and six sigma can complement each other is comparing the strengths and weaknesses of both, as shown in Table below, to understand their correlation. This Table identify the strengths and weakness […]