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What Is Withdrawal Kanban or Conveyance Kanban?

The Kanban system is a framework that helps team members know which critical tasks they need to work on in their project or delivery workflow.

For example, when teams implement Kanban, they can establish a clear critical path for their project by:

  • Assigning project tasks to specific team members who are responsible for getting it done
  • Providing a visual project map that helps teams stay updated on project progress and be clear on what they need to accomplish to ensure on-time deliveries
  • Outlining the project into small, actionable tasks that are given due dates to ensure that every task is completed well within project timelines

What are Kanban cards?

In any Kanban system, cards are the core way of sharing information with team members. Kanban cards can be physical or digital. 

Over the years, as Kanban has evolved to meet diverse industries' needs, online Kanban systems are growing in popularity.

Kanban cards are used to reflect different activities that need to be done.

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What is a withdrawal Kanban card?

A withdrawal Kanban is a Kanban card that highlights the items or components that need to be moved.

Withdrawal cards are also known as movement or conveyance cards as they signify moving the card or work task from one step to another. They can be used for both digital or physical products.

For example: If a company is creating blogs for their website, the writing team will use a withdrawal card to share that their blog is ready for review. On this cue, the editing team will pick up the blog under review and start their editing process on it.

By using withdrawal cards, the team can also signal that they have completed the assigned work and they are ready to take on the subsequent work that needs to be done.

Withdrawal card example

Let's see how a withdrawal card is used in organizations. 

Let us consider an example of a supermarket where a team is restocking the shelves after customers have completed their purchases. 

Here is a list of information that a typical withdrawal card used in supermarkets would have:

  • Store shelf number – Highlighting where an item needs to be placed
  • Item number – The unique number of the product unit 
  • Item name – The name of the product
  • Description – A line that states more information about the product, including best before date for consumption

Using withdrawal cards helps in knowing when products are sold out, expired, or need to be restocked.