Just-in-Time Inventory Methods Many companies have significantly lowered inventory levels and costs using just-in-time (JIT) inventory methods. Under a just-in-time method, goods are manufactured or purchased just in time for use. As noted in the Feature Story , Dell is famous for having developed a system for making computers in response to individual customer requests. Even though each computer is custom-made to meet each customer's particular specifications, it takes Dell less than 48 hours to assemble the computer and put it on a truck. By integrating its information systems with those of its suppliers, Dell reduced its inventories to nearly zero. This is a huge advantage in an industry where products become obsolete nearly overnight. Ethics Note Does just-in-time inventory justify “just-in-time” employees obtained through temporary employment services? Quality
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