I hate Just In Time manufacturing. It screws everyone over for weeks with a ten ton lead dildo whenever any sort of supply disruption occurs.
So right now, go to the store and you’ll see this.
Not shown, the news helicopter overhead, the fights breaking out, and the checkout lines around the store.
So what’s the supply disruption here? There…. isn’t one. See, Just In Time always expects that demand is predictable or completely inelastic, so when you have any sudden unexpected demand…
Finished product isn’t waiting in warehouses.
Subparts of products aren’t available (supposedly, production of toilet paper and paper towels have halted due to lack of the cardboard roll core tubes, but that’s an unconfirmed rumor!)
And who the hell knows why everyone snapped up the instant ramen. Uhh.
The supply chain breakdown hit hard and ugly in the electronics industry first as that depends almost entirely on parts from China. (Sadly)
Now it’s hitting domestic products and people are getting slammed into empty shelves over the last box of baby wipes.
Could you really say nobody saw this coming?
Stores are starting to put rationing measures into place, but those are far from fair as they’ll let some dude who lives alone buy the same amount of cleaning supplies and paper towels as a mother of four who comes in for the week’s groceries.
Shit’s Fucked, Man.