Imagine you’re the owner of a business that manufacturers products designed for children between the ages of five and six. Your most popular toy happens to be a set of action figures that’s tied in to a popular summer blockbuster. Those figures are put together on an assembly line, with different parts coming from different suppliers. One of those suppliers provides the figures’ limbs, torso and head; another supplier provides hats that the figures wear; and a third supplier provides screws that keeps the figures from falling apart.
Business is booming. Sales continue to climb. Your assembly line puts together the final touches on your latest batch of action figures that you intend to ship out later that afternoon. Production is going smoothly until all of a sudden the assembly line shuts down.
Edited by Ryan Sartor