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Managing Customer Responsiveness at Littlefield Technologies with Debt and Lot-Sizing Policies. Dr. Ahmad Syamil, CPIM, CIRM. Background. Littlefield Technologies (LT) has developed another DSS product

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managing customer responsiveness at littlefield technologies with debt and lot sizing policies

Managing Customer Responsiveness at Littlefield Technologies with Debt and Lot-Sizing Policies

Dr. Ahmad Syamil, CPIM, CIRM

background
Background
  • Littlefield Technologies (LT) has developed another DSS product
  • The new product is manufactured using the same process as the product in the previous assignment
  • The LT factory began production by investing most of its cash into capacity and inventory
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Background
  • On day 0, the factory began operations with 3 stuffers, 2 testers, and 1 tuner, and a raw materials inventory of 9600 kits
  • This left the factory with zero cash on hand
  • This product has a 486 day lifespan and the demand continues to be random
  • Demand will end abruptly at the end of this lifespan
  • Management is quoting 7-day lead times but would like to charge higher prices for shorter lead times
operations policies at littlefield
Operations Policies at Littlefield
  • LT uses a Reorder Point/Order Quantity raw material purchase policy
  • Raw kits are purchased as soon as the following is met:
    • The inventory of raw kits is less than the reorder point
    • There are no orders for raw kits currently outstanding
    • The factory has sufficient cash to purchase the reorder quantity
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Operations Policies at Littlefield
  • Kits are purchased in multiples of 60 because orders arrive in batches of 60
  • A reliable suppliers delivers exactly 4 days after order is placed and paid for
  • The current reorder point and reorder quantity can be changed by clicking on “Edit Data” on the Materials Buffer icon
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Operations Policies at Littlefield
  • Currently (as in the first assignment) the factory releases orders into the factory in processing lots of 60 receivers
  • However, in this assignment, you may split the incoming orders into smaller processing lots as they are released into the factory
    • 1 lot of 60, 2 lots of 30, 3 lots of 20, and so on
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Operations Policies at Littlefield
  • Customers pay a premium for fast lead times
    • Price 1: $750; quoted lead time = 7 days; maximum lead time = 14 days
    • Price 2: $1000; quoted lead time = 1 day; maximum lead time = 2 days
    • Price 3: $1250; quoted lead time = 0.5 days; maximum lead time = 1 days
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Operations Policies at Littlefield
  • Once the market has matured on day 150, a bank is extending a line of credit to LT at 20% annual interest
  • In addition, a processing fee of 5% in incurred right after the loan is received
assignment
Assignment
  • The factory has been running for 50 simulated days, and management has recalled the high-powered operations team (you) to manage the capacity, scheduling, purchasing, lot sizing, and contract quotations to maximize the cash generated by the factory over its lifetime
  • You will have control from day 50 to 386
  • One hour per simulated day translates into 14 real days
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Assignment
  • At day 386, you lose control of the factory, and the simulation will quickly run another 100 days
  • After day 486, you can check your status but the factory will no longer be running
  • Team scores are based on cash balance which is cash on hand minus debt
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Assignment
  • Your team should turn in one summary of what actions you took during the 2 weeks you had access to the factory, why you took those actions, and in retrospect whether you think you did the right thing
  • Show analysis to justify your conclusions
  • Your grade is partially based on performance but mostly based on summary
  • The summary cannot exceed 4 pages in length. The game manual from Stanford University does not ask you to submit any appendices. However, please attach the overall standing, the transaction history, and the cash statement that you can get from the game website.