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Thread:Question 18Post:RE: Question 18Author:Posted Date:December 12, 2015 5:41 PMStatus:Published(Post is Read)Here is the source for my post: ;japan.com/scmterminology/mtomaketoorder.htmlEricka HunterThread:Question 18Post:RE: Question 18Author:Posted Date:December 13, 2015 10:36 PMStatus:PublishedEven though there is a focus this week on product customization, it seems to methat by and large, most products are made to stock. Walmart does not leave awhole lot of leeway for customization; everything from furniture to shampoo isordered, stocked and ready to purchase in an instant. In fact, they have built awhole business model on getting mass quantities of items available at any giventime. Most clothing retailers the JCPenny's and Kohls, and Bloomingdale'sand H&Ms of the world have mass produced quantities of clothing. To behonest, I don't really see customization coming along as any kind of major trend.The Dell type customization, where customers can order computers withvarious combinations of parts and accessories seems like an assemble to order type product. The benefit with this is that even though inventory is onhand, the same inventory can likely be used for the massproduced itemsSue Smithee
2/21/2016Collection – MBA675T303 Operations & Logistics in the (...;29/34(Post is Read)madetostock. On the other hand made to order seems like it is fullycustomized. These items are presumably the most expensive because an entiremanufacturing process from design all the way to finish has to be undertakenfor each product.Thread:Question 18Post:RE: Question 18Author:Posted Date:December 14, 2015 9:28 PMStatus:Published(Post is Read)Ericka,Thanks for posting. I agree with the descriptions you provided for each of thestrategies.Stores that are selling madetoorder products will not carry a quantity in stock,so there will be a delay time for the customer when making the purchase. Thesupplier will need to make the product after receiving the customized order. Asyou mentioned, assembletoorder products still allow for minimalcustomization. The store will not carry a quantity in stock. The supplier willneed to assemble the product after receiving the order, but the delay timeshould be less. Maketostock products are kept in stock at the store, with aquantity available for the customer to purchase with no delay. Maketostockorders may be shipped from the supplier to the store on a regular basis. Forexample, a supplier may ship the same quantity of groceries to a grocery storeon a weekly basis. The orders will likely not change except for seasonalfoods/items.