Just in Time

Once upon a time, factories had to maintain an inventory of parts and materials on-site so that the lines could operate without disruption.

As logistics and supply networks improved, storing components became not just unnecessary but an expensive inconvenience.

Some companies grew to be so adept at optimizing that they actually made more money by booking orders before getting the parts on hand to build the goods. Dell Computer was great at this. By great I mean they bullied their vendors into carrying all the risk while Dell banked enormous profits from the float.

This “just in time” system is perfect up until the minute there’s a missing part for some reason or another.

In the last few days, I’ve overheard some conversations about the inaccessibility of hair grooming and coloring. Apparently the grooming supply chain has one weak link known as human contact.

Add this to the list of things that I don’t understand.

Maybe the solution isn’t about timing but all about letting nature take charge.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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