investment, managers should carefully weigh the expected benefits against the estimated costs.
A related point that needs mention is that there is more to uniform load scheduling than a mixed model assembly and a good pull system. It affects all of a firm’s processes, right down to order entry. You cannot encourage sales by offering discounts on large lots without careful planning on the volume surge.
If possible, everyday low prices should be encouraged. Here we point out that average cost is lower over time than when demand surges and dies due to promotions.
All departments within an organization must be involved in the adoption of a uniform load scheduling process if the system is to be effective. Although the operations department will cope with the most change, finance, accounting, marketing, and all other departments will be required to make adjustments in order to handle the new system.
Uniform load scheduling is a strategy designed to improve the efficiency of the markets in which we do business. For many companies, the adoption of this flexible strategy provides a competitive advantage that becomes an order winner. Manufacturers that do not implement these strategies must find another competitive advantage for their own firms.
We must remember, however, that although there are great benefits that can be realized by producing with a uniform load schedule, it is not the best choice for all manufacturers. Managers understand the issues, carefully weigh the pros and cons, and make informed decisions regarding their own operations.
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