Product and Process Design for Supply Chain Management (back to catalog)

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...It may seem difficult to quantify the benefits of less complexity, but consider the following: suppose you ran an automobile factory where people could order any mix of options they wanted. If you had 30 product features (e.g., radio, climate control, airbags, upholstery, wheels, engine size, transmission, etc.) and each feature had just two levels of options (standard and deluxe), then the number of different possible unique automobiles you could produce would be:

230  =  1,073,741,824 possible cars!

Try some different values of features and options with the combination calculator below to see how quickly product offerings can become highly complex:

Combination Calculator
Features:

Options per
Feature:

Possible Combinations:

Contrast this operation with a simpler way of providing variety...

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Title: Product and Process Design for Supply Chain Management

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Contents

  1. Introduction; Component Commonality, Modularity, Modular vs. Integral Design
  2. Universality
  3. Framework for Costs and Benefits
  4. Benefits of Design Changes
  5. Benefits of Design Changes, Continued
  6. Postponement: The HP Deskjet Printer
  7. Postponement Costs and Benefits (Deskjet Printer, continued)
  8. A Quick Estimate of Postponement Benefits from Reduced Inventories
  9. Packaging Postponement
  10. Postponement via Software
  11. End-of-Life and New Product Situations
  12. Process Design for Postponement
  13. Mass Customization
  14. Incentive Issues
  15. Conclusions
  16. Test Your Knowledge
  17. Feedback
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