It’s surprising to see an article like this in the Las Vegas paper. This piece covers some of the early loom making history of the Toyoda family before they ever got involved in making cars and changed the company name to Toyota with another T.
The article also covers some of the history of the just-in-time system, kanban, and the inspiration in an American grocery store (hence the “supermarket” materials system).
Good reading if you’re new to this Toyota history or new to Lean.
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