Research a manufacturing organization of your choice, and describe its strategic manufacturing policy. (Note: You may choose a private sector or public sector organization; however, more information will be available for a private sector, publicly traded company). Your description should consider long-term issues (15 years), and include a discussion of the following topics: Products/services Markets and customers Suppliers/vendors/supply chain partners Facilities (plants, distribution centers, etc.) Describe the following characteristics to be included in the strategic planning process: Alignment of manufacturing strategy with corporate/business-level strategy Product/process alternatives (make-to stock, make-to order, etc.) Inventory policies (service levels, order quantity/frequency, etc.) Capacity planning alternatives (chase, level, etc.) Long-range forecasting techniques (quantitative and qualitative) Make or buy decisions (outsourcing, etc.) Interfaces/coordination with other business functions (marketing, etc.) Initiatives to improve operations (continuous improvement, lean/agile, TOC, etc.) Metrics to measure manufacturing performance Cost Quality Speed Reliability/dependability Flexibility Productivity/efficiency/utilization Sustainability Other metrics Finally, what manufacturing strategy improvements would you suggest for this organization?
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