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dc.contributor.advisorWarren Seering and Nikos Trichakis.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLorou, Bi Zan Valery.en_US
dc.contributor.otherSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.contributor.otherLeaders for Global Operations Program.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-11T22:24:03Z
dc.date.available2019-10-11T22:24:03Z
dc.date.copyright2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/122570
dc.descriptionThesis: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, 2019, In conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MITen_US
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019, In conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MITen_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 56-57).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis proposes a supply chain model to improve the lead time for Caterpillar Medium Wheel Loaders in the North America market. The Medium Wheel Loaders division is undergoing many commercial value chain challenges: long lead time to dealers, high demand variability and high degree of configuration complexity. The long lead time may cause Caterpillar and its dealership network to build inventory, leading to high holding costs and inventory management issues. In addition, its customers may turn to competitors to meet their demand causing Caterpillar to lose sales. This project analyses structurally significant features needed to build the core machines at the factory and the parts required for the late stage differentiation at the distribution centers. In addition, it proposes the supply chains models using core configuration and delayed product differentiation concept and optimized inventory in the chain. Finally, the project determines whether the new supply chain brings value not only to Caterpillar but also to the dealers. The project focused on the 950GC machines sold on the North America market. A preliminary study shows that from a pool of a few hundred sold in North America, over hundred different configurations were used, for an average of less than 3 machines sold per configuration. A further analysis of the machines configurations demonstrates that following the core strategy, the machines configurations could be reduced from a few hundred to 8 core configurations. Our models indicate that Caterpillar experiences an increase of inventory while the dealers see their inventory goes down. As a result, Caterpillar incurs more inventory cost with the core strategy while the dealers see their profit increases. But with a better service level and shorter lead time, Caterpillar may increase its market shares.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Bi Zan Valery Lorou.en_US
dc.format.extent57 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.subjectLeaders for Global Operations Program.en_US
dc.titleImprove the lead time for the medium wheel loader using core configuration and delayed product differentiationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.B.A.en_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSloan School of Managementen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.departmentLeaders for Global Operations Programen_US
dc.identifier.oclc1119387815en_US
dc.description.collectionM.B.A. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Managementen_US
dc.description.collectionS.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dspace.imported2019-10-11T22:24:02Zen_US
mit.thesis.degreeMasteren_US
mit.thesis.departmentSloanen_US
mit.thesis.departmentMechEen_US


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