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Use “Pull” Systems to Avoid Overproduction

Using Pull in a GM Office

You can effectively use pull-replenishment systems in the office to save money and help avoid shortages of supplies. Most offices use some form of pull system already. Nobody knows exactly how many pencils, erasers, or reams of paper will be […]

Push Scheduling Has Its Place

The Toyota Way is not preoccupied with adhering to Principle 3, Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction. There are many examples of push scheduling throughout Toyota. One example is when dealing with parts shipped from Japan to the United States […]

Toyota’s Kanban System—Pull Where You Must

A true one-piece-flow system would be a zero-inventory system where goods just appear when they are needed by the customer. The closest system Toyota has devised to achieve this is the one-piece flow cell that builds to order only at […]

Pull-Replenishment in Everyday Life

One way to demystify the concept of kanban is by thinking of simple examples of pull-replenishment systems in everyday life. Like when you decide to buy gas for your car. Does your gas tank get filled according to a schedule? […]

The Principle-Customer Pull and Replenishment

Taiichi Ohno and his associates were fascinated by the importance of the supermarket to daily life in America in the 1950s. It captured the imagination of retailers in Japan and was imported there, where Ohno studied it close up. Though […]