God God, they've invented JIT.
All that farting around with Finite Capacity Planning, Sales Forecasting and stuff I did for a pie factory around 15 years ago was to be actually invented around now.
We would generate a forecast of sales, fax it to the customer (multiples in the UK) and then manufacture and ship product based on that forecast. Most of the time the forecast would come back with a signature on it (an order).
Pies (Pasties, sausage rolls, pork pies etc etc) have a short life span and have to be generally made before the order to ensure they arrive into depot (ie into the customer's depot) with enough "code" (shelf life) to be saleable. We weren't perfect but it generally worked.
So, I submit that huge swathes of manufacturing have been doing this sort of thing for decades. I used text books that my dad had lying around from his days at University for my forecasting models and details on how logistics works.
PS OK, my case is not exactly in 1-1 with the patent but any sufficiently large logistical operation has done this and much more routinely for a very long time but probably used less buzz words.