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Womack Wants To Clear The Record On JIT

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IndustryWeek Column

Here is the original article in question, from the Wall St Journal. The article did a little fear mongering, as the WSJ seems to do about once a year, about risks of “just in time” inventory practices.

Womack is right to point out that, even in a JIT system, that safety stocks or “emergency stocks” are required to protect against normal demand variations. For vaccines and drugs designed to protect us against bio-terror attacks, thankfully the demand for these is very “spiky”, if it's ever going to be needed.

Here is my exclusive 5 part Q&A with Jim Womack from late 2005.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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