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We’re excited to provide free access to eight of the 57 (and growing) Theory of Constraints (TOC) supply chain presentations ranging from three presentations describing the basics of the TOC solution to distribution and to a more advanced discussions of both the distributor and the retail links of a supply chain. Next, four case presentations are provided: LaTourneau (a heavy equipment manufacturer of oil rigs, large loaders); Fleetguard India (a filtration system manufacturer where TOC was utilized from raw materials to engineering to manufacturing, to distribution, to marketing and to sales); Iluka Resources (a mine to market holistic supply chain implementation); British Petroleum oil spill (Pinnacle Strategies rapid response to developing an emergency supply chain to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill); and a holistic supply chain implementation of one of the largest cosmetic manufacturers in the world.

These applications were selected to build your TOC supply chain knowledge base from simple to complex. The same concepts are applicable to most supply chains. Slight modifications are made for short shelf life products, fashion goods, expensive good, etc. These types of supply chains are described in other presentations in the archives.

We have listed below the references and abstracts for the free presentations on this portal. In addition, we have provided a comprehensive annotated bibliography of ALL the supply chain presentations and webinar videos currently in our archives. And, at the end of this annotated bibliography is a TOC booklist on supply chain.

We recognize that many organizations are faced with a managing a global supply chain. The organizations described in these presentations have made significant improvement by using the TOC philosophy to continuously improve. TOC is the best methodology for today BUT there will always be a need for continuous improvement. These tools are part of the journey to excellent supply chains.

Our hope is that you’ll learn from these 6 presentations and are moved to join TOCICO to gain access to the rest of our archives.

TOCICO membership includes:

  • FREE on-line access to all past TOCICO conference videos including the 50 additional supply chain videos – there are several hundred videos starting with the second conference in 2004. These were previously sold for $149 per conference (totaling $1,788), but now, viewing ALL of them are INCLUDED with your membership.
  • Discounts on TOCICO products and conference attendance.
  • FREE access to the over 50 recorded webinars by some of your favorite TOC authors.
  • FREE registration to all new webinars – and just wait until you hear what’s in the works!
  • FREE pdf of the TOCICO Dictionary – 135 pages of pure content.
  • All 6 Strategy & Tactics trees by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Over 20 Theory of Constraints articles with more on the way.
  • And, access to networking with the TOC community around the world on the TOCICO website. Build your page, start discussions, or contact another member – the new TOCICO website is web 2.0 ready and ready for you to engage.




Stratton, R. (2013). The supply chain solutions of TOC basics workshop. TOCICO International Conference: 11th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Bad Nauheim, Germany, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

In many supply chains customers and their suppliers unnecessarily suffer shortages, late delivery and excess inventory that seriously threaten profits. This session will enable you to understand how pull systems, encompassing fast response, can be developed in complex MTO and MTS supply chain environments together with deep insights into the underlying logic. The Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) application of TOC was originally concerned with the MTO environment where the cost world thinking manifests itself in local optimization, intermediate due dates and views any excess capacity as waste. DBR directly challenges this thinking by acknowledging the critical role of capacity buffering, the characteristic behavior of the flow paths (VAIT), the merits of aggregating buffers and the central role of what is now referred to as Buffer Management (BM). BM is a management signaling system based on four functions (prioritize, expedite, escalate and target improvements) that is key to this and all other TOC applications. Simplified DBR is a development that avoids the complexities of the close scheduling of even one resource by managing the aggregated planned load on the most heavily loaded resources and delegating the detailed scheduling to the shop floor. This application is now widely used as it provides the benefits in most environments without having to address the complexities of scheduling algorithms. Make to availability (MTA) and replenishment are TOC applications that are concerned with MTS environments and therefore stock as opposed to time is used in the management of flow in the wider distribution network. The concept of aggregation is again evident in ensuring stock in the supply network is kept at the lowest level until pulled through the network. The associated stock buffer management system responds dynamically to stock availability in the short term and stock targets in the longer term. The consistency in the DBR and MTA buffer management systems means that MTO and MTS products can be managed through one BM system. Therefore DBR, SDBR, MTA and Replenishment offer a coherent theoretical development that is consistent with TPS and lean supply but applicable in more complex environments.


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Ricketts, J. (2010). Reaching the goal. TOCICO International Conference: 8th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Las Vegas, NE, Goldratt Marketing Group.

Services account for over two-thirds of economic activity today. Reaching the Goal adapts TOC applications for use in professional, scientific, and technical services (PSTS). This presentation explains why services have unique requirements and how drum-buffer-rope, replenishment, critical chain, and throughput accounting have been adapted to work in services enterprises providing highly customized services.


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Goldratt, R. (2013). Retail the TOC way: Introduction. TOCICO International Conference: 11th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Bad Nauheim, Germany, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

The standard TOC application for retail focuses on demand pull replenishment. How to set inventory targets, how to dynamically manage these inventory targets, how to utilize the power of aggregation and how to determine the frequency of replenishing stock? While these are important aspects of the solution, the elaborated experience in implementing TOC in various retail companies made it clear that the main focus should not be merely on what to replenish, but rather heavy emphasis must be given to what NOT to replenish. In his 90 minute presentation, Rami Goldratt presents highlights of the considerable developments in applying the concepts of flow to the retail environment. Topics include how to manage vast assortments; how to synchronize new product introduction with liquidation of slow moving items; how to dynamically manage the range; how to manage short product-life cycles, and more. The workshop is a preview for the new S&T tree for retail that will be published in the near future.


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Kirloskar, N. (2008). Viable Vision - A reality. TOCICO International Conference: 6th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Las Vegas, NE, Goldratt Marketing Group.

As an auto parts company, Fleetguard is a market leader in the filtration systems, with 5 plants spread across India. The presentation is focused on the implementation and achievements in the distributor to retailer leg of its supply chain and the pull created in the market and institutional segment growth solution.


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Woeppel, M. (2013). TOC tapped to accelerate Gulf of Mexico cleanup (Encore). TOCICO International Conference: 11th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Bad Nauheim, Germany, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

In June 2010, Pinnacle Strategies was called upon by BP to rapidly improve supply chain availability and decontamination efforts of what may be the worst environmental disaster in the US. Only weeks earlier, BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded, taking 11 lives and sending oil gushing for three months into the Gulf of Mexico. Less than 48 hours after the initial inquiry, Pinnacle Strategies (www.pinnacle-strategies.com) began a marathon of visits across North America and Europe that led to an almost instant doubling, tripling, and in one case 10 fold increase, of manufacturing capacity for boom, skimmers, and absorbents. Later, after the well was capped, Pinnacle Strategies led improvement activities at decontamination sites across five states where thousands of boats, ships, and rigs were decontaminated before returning to their normal service. In this presentation, Mark Woeppel will describe the Theory of Constraints steps used to achieve the extraordinary increases in capacity by improving bottlenecks at dozens of factories, ensuring that supply never constrained the fight against the oil spill. He will also describe how they accelerated the cleaning of contaminated vessels saving more than $700 million by identifying key measurements and planning the bottleneck into the operation.


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Smith, D. (2009). A vertically integrated supply chain case. 1st Annual North American Regional TOCICO Conference, Tacoma, WA, Goldratt Marketing Group.

This presentation is a follow-up on the LaTourneau Technologies (LT) presentation given by Dan Eckerman at the last conference. This is my view of what we did versus what Dan presented which was his view. Debra provided an overview of the steel mill and what they build (oil rigs, large heavy equipment loaders). The vertically integrated supply chain with control points and strategic buffers was described. Education provided included a two-week Jonah course. Lessons learned i.e. control points in sales, engineering, front end and back end production, etc. with respect to the bottleneck capacity, measures, portfolio management, etc. were also discussed. The current design for critical chain, drum buffer rope, and the replenishment solution was described. A description of actively synchronized replenishment (ASR) was provided. These concepts were discussed for internal constraints, industry downturn and economic downturn (recession) environments.


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Bolton, R. (2013). 'Mine to market' - Throughput focused mining. TOCICO International Conference: 11th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Bad Nauheim, Germany, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a management philosophy developed and articulated by Dr Eli Goldratt and many others within the TOCICO community. In the logistics area, it has evolved from solving management problems at an operational level to a set of proven logistical solutions. The core idea with TOC is that every real system such as a profit-making enterprise must have at least one constraint. It assumes that the goal for a profit-making organization is to make money now and in the future. This relationship of a profit-making goal and one or a few constraints helps organizations determine where to focus their management attention to improve operations and hence business flow. The mining and resource processing environments are complex and variable. Operational changes and improvements can take a number of different forms. There are multiple resource types and numbers that perform specific operational process tasks. Understanding and mapping these resources relationships can be a difficult task. It is like swimming is a pool of ping pong balls. Which one can and do you grab first?' This is the challenge faced by all resource operational leaders. But the one rule they all obey is the: law of the weakest link. At any point in time, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The mining and process industries within the resources sector are examples of complex systems where the above law can be applied. This presentation explores the 'Mine to Market' change interventions in a major mineral sands company based in Western Australia. This presentation describes a major throughput increase and an increase in asset utilization at the Iluka Resources (ASX:ILU) South West operation. It explores the phases from the TOC introduction to the TOC holistic approach, to the operation due diligence review. It focuses on what worked, and what did not. Key management elements such as the meeting structure and operational site wide logistics are considered. Other mining and process projects and other TOC case studies within Australia are also referenced.


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Machado, W. (2011). Applying TOC distribution on a high demand variability environment: A case study in one of the largest cosmetic franchise chain in the world. TOCICO International Conference: 9th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Palisades, NY, Goldratt Marketing Group.

This roadmap to success is based on work at a Brazilian company, from a case study at the world’s largest cosmetics franchise chain. We tested the impact of an event-managed process on TOC distribution and measured the performance of the company´s inventory stocking policies. Based on TVD/IVD (throughput value days and inventory value days), we concluded that this combination can create an environment with more efficient replenishment with higher stock turns, less stock-outs and increased sales.


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The Complete Supply Chain Video Bibliography



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Our hope is that you will learn from these six presentations and are moved to join TOCICO to gain access to the rest of our archives.

TOCICO membership includes:

  • FREE on-line access to all past TOCICO conference videos including the 40 additional supply chain videos – there are several hundred videos starting with the second conference in 2004. These were previously sold for $149 per conference (totaling $1,788), but now, viewing ALL of them are INCLUDED with your membership.
  • Discounts on TOCICO products and conference attendance.
  • FREE access to the over 50 recorded webinars by some of your favorite TOC authors.
  • FREE registration to all new webinars – and just wait until you hear what’s in the works!
  • FREE pdf of the TOCICO Dictionary – 135 pages of pure content.
  • All 6 Strategy & Tactics trees by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Over 20 Theory of Constraints articles with more on the way.
  • And, access to networking with the TOC community around the world on the TOCICO website. Build your page, start discussions, or contact another member – the new TOCICO website is web 2.0 ready and ready for you to engage.


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