How Henry Ford learnt to make cars—quickly

This simple, no-frills YouTube video makes a delicious claim. That Henry Ford picked up the principle of assembly line production of cars by looking at the supply-chain management of the humble South Indian oota—where 10-12 items are served on a plantain leaf to dozens of people in next to no time.



  1. Kudos to the guy who put two and two together. Now that I think of it, our ootas are brilliant operational and logistical exercises.

  2. Ah! my video is now famous 🙂

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