OT, then Plant Shutdowns = Waste


Chrysler Extending Plant Closures Over Christmas in Bid to Shrink Inventory: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance

We read this morning in the WSJ about how Chrysler had the largest per-vehicle incentives ($4000) in the industry. It really seems like the inventory problem was terribly out of control, their overproduction, as I blogged about before. They were running OT (while inventory piled up), now they're doing extra shutdowns (as referenced in the article linked to above and here). That just adds cost, cost, and more cost. Such waste.

Here's another take from the Truth About Cars blog, getting more into the “sales bank” and other questionable practices.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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