Unformatted text preview: King on freshness, since they cook-to-order (Make-to-order)! 2. 3. Explain how having more work-in-process inventory can improve the efficiency of a process? How can this ever be bad? More work-in-process inventory can be used to buffer multiple stage processes. Specifically, it can help with blocking or starving. Blocking is when the activities in the stage must stop because there is no place to deposit the item just completed. Starving is when the activities in a stage must stop because there is no work. Buffer inventories between operations can help relieve these problems, and improve the efficiency of the overall process. Increasing work-in-process inventory can be bad in that it involves more investment in inventory, as well as taking-up valuable floor space. Also, the JIT philosophy view work-in-process as being negative for a variety of reasons (more on JIT in a later chapter). 1...
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