Talk about Single Piece Flow!
Just learned about Woot! a couple of weeks ago. A website that takes single piece flow to the retail extreme.
They offer one product per day. Every day at midnight, they post a new product. One at a time. Their FAQs are a riot to read.
Does this work? I don't know. The site appears to be a place for buyouts and inventory clear-outs for techno-stuff. Does it make money? Don't know either...but they do sell out on a number of their items.
The Lean Lesson?
A clear focus and offer of value. In the extreme.
Pure pull. They offer an RSS feed; the ultimate technical pull tool. No pushing going on here.
Seems waste free. The prices are awesome and there is a very bare-bones offer to people who are comfortable with such gear.
And it makes you think more broadly just how deep this could go.
I hope this is helpful..