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