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The use of strategic inventory and packaging postponement to address daily demand variability and seasonal demand patterns in a demand flow environment

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dc.contributor.advisor Stephen C. Graves and Gregory J. McRae. en_US
dc.contributor.author Pagendarm, Scott M. (Scott Michael), 1969- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Chemical Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-08-22T23:06:57Z
dc.date.available 2005-08-22T23:06:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2000 en_US
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/9150
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 105-106). en_US
dc.description.abstract This LFM thesis describes how Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak) used a strategic buffer of in process inventory and delayed final packaging of end-items to address two issues that surfaced after a recent implementation of a demand-driven process in their film finishing operation. By select placement of inventory and a judicious prebuild of spools upstream of the packaging operation, Kodak has reduced manufacturing costs, maximized their ability to respond to consumer demand patterns, and minimized end-item delivery concerns associated with both daily demand variability and seasonal demand patterns. This research work was conducted during a six and a half-month internship at the manufacturing site, Kodak Park in Rochester, New York. The internship was affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Leaders for Manufacturing program. This thesis describes the technical analysis and justification for the decision to pursue this manufacturing strategy at Kodak. The concepts of strategic inventory placement and packaging postponement ( delayed differentiation) are discussed in the context of this particular application and are generalized for other manufacturing processes. In the interest of protecting company confidentiality, the numbers presented in this thesis have all been disguised. The justifications for pursuing this particular strategy within Kodak as well as generic guidelines for when these strategies may be applicable are discussed in the context of this thesis. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Scott M. Pagendarm. en_US
dc.format.extent 106 p. en_US
dc.format.extent 6967488 bytes
dc.format.extent 6967246 bytes
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Chemical Engineering. en_US
dc.title The use of strategic inventory and packaging postponement to address daily demand variability and seasonal demand patterns in a demand flow environment en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Chemical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 45257771 en_US


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