Time for a New Just-In-Time in the Auto Industry

Is Just-In-Time (JIT) going away?

Increased uncertainty and shortages have challenged the belief that JIT production systems are mistake-proof. The auto industry has widely and thoroughly embraced the systems for several decades. However, recent events have highlighted their limitations and the need to make them more resilient. This new imperative is consistent with the lean philosophy of continuous improvement.


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Can Starbucks Stave Off PSL Shortages?

A previous OM in the News post discussed how the food supply chain is experiencing shortages. Starbucks has joined the list of companies experiencing supply chain issues.

Shortages have resulted from spikes in demand as customers move towards a new normal, coupled with lingering COVID-19 pandemic issues impacting transportation and production. Almost every industry is affected. As reported in a previous post, computer chips used in almost every electronic product are in short supply. Other shortages […]

Restaurants Face Continuing Shortages

Restaurants face price increases on food ingredients and unpredictable availability.

As they attempt to reopen to customers as COVID-19 restrictions ease, some items are unavailable. Food industry suppliers scaled back servicing restaurants during the pandemic, and will take time to ramp up production to catch up with returning demand.


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Chip Shortage Puts the Brakes on Automakers

Deliveries of full-size pickups and SUVs are delayed because of a global chip shortage caused by temporary plant closures amid the pandemic.

This shortage, coupled with port closures that prevented shipments of auto parts from unloading, has further limited truck and SUV production at General Motors and Ford.


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