Kanban is a term describing the practice to scheduling and ordering the replenishment of materials (parts, ingredients, semi-finished goods, finished goods, merchandize) in a supply chain. Kanban signals the supplying party additional materials are needed. Kanban is an approach not a specific technology implementation. Implementation examples include:
Many sources link Kanban to manufacturing processes only. This is incorrect. Kanban has been successfully implemented in all supply chain processes where materials need to be brought to a point of consumption, including: (RM) Warehouses, (FG) Distribution Centers, Retail Stores.