Toyota Production System
The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a great way to learn how to improve efficiency in the supply chain. Taiichi Ohno is the father of TPS.
“Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production works themselves.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)
“If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way. You also need to change the way you think. You need to change how you look at things.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
- “When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)
- “I’m proud to be Japanese and I wanted my country to succeed. I believed my system was a way that could help us become a modern industrial nation. That is why I had no problem with sharing it with other Japanese companies, even my biggest competitors.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
Toyota is a great company to research to learn about great ways to improve the supply chain. There is a great deal of information out there on TPS and the ways Toyota has used it to be such a high quality automotive manufacture. Most people know how good Toyota vehicles are regarding quality. TPS is one of the main reasons for that. When you start research TPS you will run across terms like gemba, kanban, andon and so on. This is all great information to know. Search for Taiichi Ohno and some really good information comes up to us for supply chain optimization. Other companies you may want to research for ways to improve the supply chain are Walmart, Amazon, Cisco, Intel, P&G, and Starbucks.