Push versus Pull: Just-In-Case Inventory

In a previous blog, we explored the importance of Just-In-Time Delivery; this blog will explore Just-In-Case Inventory and the push versus pull factors associated with this common lean manufacturing practice. As apart of lean manufacturing practices, Just-In-Time (JIT) Delivery and Just-In-Case (JIC) Inventory are lean manufacturing practices that work hand-in-hand. However, inventories with a contract, custom manufacturing, JIT works on the pull aspect, rather than the push in market demand.

Push vs. Pull

The graphic below depicts the push and pull aspects of JIC (left) and JIT (right) and the attributed benefits and disadvantages. Depending on the market demand and industry, one will make better sense, more than the other.

Mohawk being a JIT Delivery facility, production precision, actual consumption and communication helps achieve production goals for the end users of the products being consumed. Having excess inventory as depicted in JIC Inventory, higher cost and an unbalanced market demand leads to excess waste if the consumables are not purchased in the shelf life of the product.

Working with a manufacturer that can anticipate need and do it cost effectively benefits both companies, and outside vendors. With that value held high, problems can be an issue with JIT delivery, but through effective communication and a professionally managed plant, problems will be effectively handled as they arise to ensure a smooth production process.

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