Jul 262017
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Toyota Supply Chain

Toyota Supply Chain is one of the best in the world. Toyota has long been benchmarked for their supply chain. Great video.

Toyota and Quality Quotes:

  • “Make your workplace into showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance. In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent. In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent. When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.”   ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “For much of Toyota’s history, we have ensured the quality and reliability of our vehicles by placing a device called an andon cord on every production line – and empowering any team member to halt production if there’s an assembly problem. Only when the problem is resolved does the line begin to move again.”  ~ Akio Toyoda
  • “When consumers purchase a Toyota, they are not simply purchasing a car, truck or van. They are placing their trust in our company.”  ~ Akio Toyoda
  • “The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “We have to grasp not only the Know-How but also ‘Know Why’, if we want to master the Toyota Production System.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.


Mar 282017
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Toyota Production System

Supply Chain Information.

“Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)

Toyota Production System TPS Taiichi ohno quote

“Having no problems is the biggest problem of all.”

Toyota Production System Taiicho ohno problem quote


  • “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
  • “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
Mar 132016
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Continuous improvement is a key enabler of great companies. Toyota is a great company to research for this because there is a great deal of information out there. During my time with Walmart Logistics came to understand that continuous improvement is a mindset. It can be part of the company culture.

Use continuous improvement in your personal life as well.  The concepts discussed on Supply Chain Today can easily be used in your personal life as well.

  • “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~W. Edwards Deming
  • “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. “ ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing…. layout, processes, and procedures.”  ~Tom Peters