Title : Just - In - Time Inventory Systems Adoption : Effects on First Tier Suppliers


Beginning in the early 1980' s, a number of US firms followed the pioneering efforts of Shigeo Shingo and Taichi Ohno and adopted Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing in an attempt to reshape their manufacturing environments (see Bragg, Duplaga, and Penlesky, 2005). JIT requires that a company have a few reliable suppliers and is believed to enhance productivity and build a leaner manufacturing system which minimizes inventories (Helo, 2004) and reduces which reduces risk and helps minimize the cost of manufacturing (Curry and Kennedy, 1999). The present work will analyze what have been the results throughout the supply chain, in terms of inventorymanagement, of those companies who do business with OEMs that utilize JIT systems. The results of this study should enable managers that have or are considering implementing or participating in a JIT inventory management system to become more effective. Introduction On the other hand, business-to-business eCommerce has been around for a few decades. For nearly 20 years, many large companies have had electronic links with their suppliers through

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@inproceedings{Kros2007TitleJ, title={Title : Just - In - Time Inventory Systems Adoption : Effects on First Tier Suppliers}, author={John F. Kros}, year={2007} }