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Supermarket Pull

Utilizing Supermarket-Pull with Kanbans for Production Scheduling & Inventory Control

Workshop Content

This five-day workshop develops knowledge and skills for developing pull-scheduling systems to be used where continuous flow is not yet possible. Participants will learn how to determine appropriate levels of inventory needed to maintain production schedules with minimum waste. Participants will learn how to develop and deploy kanbans for real-time shop floor production scheduling and inventory management. Participants will also learn how to determine the cost savings from supermarket-pull scheduling.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for Lean Champions and Lean Senseis responsible for planning, organizing and completing Lean projects. This training is team-based training. Each team can include the Champion and up to four Lean Sensei Candidates. Maximum of 3 teams per session is allowed.


Some experience implementing Lean techniques is helpful but not required.

Workshop Materials

Each participant will receive a manual that contains all workshop materials.

Workshop Goals

This workshop is intended to develop understanding of supermarkets, pull scheduling and Kanbans. To develop knowledge and skills for deploying supermarkets & Kanbans to control inventory levels and to schedule the production and delivery of raw materials, work-in-process and finished goods inventories. To provide guided practice in the deployment of supermarket pull systems using Kanbans in a live manufacturing, assembly or purchasing process. To identify and quantify the cost savings from the improved inventory control and production scheduling performance resulting from the use of pull scheduling.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to Pull Systems
  • Introduction to Supermarkets
  • Introduction to Kanbans
  • Introduction to Heijunka (leveling)
  • Determining Appropriate Inventory Levels
  • Designing Supermarkets
  • Creating Kanbans for Production Scheduling & Inventory Control
  • Determining Cost Savings from the Supermarket Pull System
  • Management and Continuous Improvement of the Supermarket Pull System
  • Management Reports & Management Review

Workshop Sequence: LEANPull

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