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JIT Systems and External Logistics Suppliers

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Just-in-time (JIT) systems have evolved from a few selected implementations in the automobile industry into a widespread business practice. Early understanding of JIT models indicated that JIT can reduce inventory in the production system through the elimination of wasteful activities. This understanding led some researchers to suggest that JIT warehousing or JIT logistics are contradictions in terms since JIT's purpose is to eliminate warehousing by delivering components just as they are needed. However, more recent studies of JIT practices indicate that an opportunity exists to use JIT benefits. Discusses the benefits of outsourcing logistics functions to external suppliers in order to enhance JIT performance. Additionally, a survey of services provided by JIT logistics suppliers is presented as well as criteria for selecting the "best" logistics supplier.
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Keywords: Delivery; Just-In-Time; Kanban; Logistics; Outsourcing; Production Planning; Questionnaires

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1994

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