The end of just-in-time?
JULY 3, 2020
The story goes that when Eiji Toyoda, CEO of Toyota, visited American car manufacturers in the 1950s, he was not impressed. This was the start of the famous process of Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing, or lean manufacturing as it later became known. Toyoda cut down on excess inventory, with components and spares only ordered when needed and kept in low numbers within the factories. COVID-19 was that spanner in the works.