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Kanban Across the Extended Supply Chain: Considerations for developing pull systems with supply partners

by Patricia Wardwell, CIRM

This session will introduce participants to the value of using "Pull"systems (sometimes referred to as Kanban) as a means to connect and synchronize material requirements across the supply chain. The discussion will focus on what to consider when planning and implementing kanban programs and how to best create a "win-win" relationship with suppliers selected for kanban programs. The session will begin with a basic explanation of the components of a pull system, plus expected benefits for the organization and the supply chain. Attendees will then gain an understanding of the key components of a successful pull system and be able to point to the pros and cons of different types of kanban systems and pull relationships with suppliers. Examples and pictures of kanban systems from different companies will be shown and discussed within the context of the session. Time will be set aside at the end to allow attendees to ask specific questions about issues they are concerned about in designing and implementing pull systems within their own organizations.

After taking this class attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the elements of a pull system and how a kanban systems operates between customer and supplier
  • Plan and set up a simple pull system with a supplier and explain how kanban levels are arrived at
  • Use a pull system to simplify sourcing activities, limit inventory levels and as a visual management tool
  • Understand how continuous improvement is used to drive kanban levels lower and lower

    Who should attend? This session is appropriate for supply chain buyers, supervisors and managers who are considering making the move from traditional sourcing methods to kanban programs. It is especially relevant for individuals who will be involved in designing, implementing or operating a kanban program within the supply chain.

    Course Outline/Topics:

  • What is a Pull System/Kanban?
  • Benefits of Kanban programs to the organization and supply chain
  • Components of a Pull System and things to think about in selecting items for a pilot kanban program
  • Considerations for setting up and successfully operating kanban programs with suppliers
  • Examples of different types of kanban programs and supplier pull relationships

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