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Implement just-in-time construction strategies

SDG Alignment

9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

UN SDG Target


Target Description

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Level of Effort

Level of Effort Scale


1 -Quick Wins: solution involves adding criteria for the good or service being purchased (ex: certifications), minimal internal process changes.

2 -Long Term Adoption: solution requires some changes to internal processes and/or more capital investment (ex: digital transformation to reduce paper use).

3 – Disruptive Opportunities: requires significant investment and changes to internal processes (ex: retrofitting building)

Category Assessment


1. Analyse the time flexibility in each production area to determine a JIT option's applicability.

2. Recognize risk areas and loopholes to ensure that a buffer is in place for the parts identified.

3. Improvise to identify ways to manage uncertainties and eliminate the causes for variations inflows to minimize physical buffers.

4. Assess the relationship with your supplier as a strong relationship with suppliers, or one where they rely on your business would give you leverage to make a significant transition to accommodate your JIT needs.

Opportunity Identification 

Increase the competitive advantage in terms of consistently and continuously meeting consumer’s requirements, improve the quality of construction materials and components, and minimized inventory (cost savings). Scope to improve the relationship with suppliers with a sustainable or innovative goal in mind.

Significant energy savings from lower inventory being held.

Strategy Build & Execution

1. Align with stakeholders on the just in time (JIT) system and educate about the system's benefits.

2. Based on the identified risk areas or points of uncertainty from the initial assessment, maintain inventory accordingly alongside the JIT system process implementation.

3. Look into the bottlenecks and discern the various sources of the uncertainty associated with them. Analyze and plan to reduce the occurrence of these to minimize workflow variations.

4. Maintain inventory stock of materials based on critical analysis progressively.

5. Develop training programs/materials for recruits and regular employees to engage with the implementation and benefits of JIT.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

1. Leverage on a relationship with a supplier to develop JIT system-related statements into the contract. Accordingly, necessitate the need for a long-term contract to build on the relationship as well.

2. Negotiate with suppliers to accommodate their requirements and compensate for the unpredictable nature of this approach.

3. Inclusion of minimum order guarantees to be requested from the suppliers.

Supplier Performance & Management

1. Maintain monthly reports on JIT systems' measures - the percentage of deliveries on time, the total amount of energy used, turnaround time, and the amount of material waste produced.

2. Conduct quarterly meetings to discuss the JIT system implementation in general and feedback from each team on improvement areas.

3. Half-yearly meetings to discuss new technologies that complement the JIT program and make it more efficient.

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