Supply Chain and Design Essay

1326 Words Sep 21st, 2014 6 Pages
Riordan Manufacturing

Riordan Manufacturing is a fortune 1000 company that manufactures plastic fan parts, and other products in relations to plastics. The company had an expansion in 2000, when operations were opened in China. At that time, the entire fan manufacturing operation was in China. The following paper will discuss Riordan’s supply chain design applicable to manufacturing its electric fans
Riordan’s Manufacturing Strategy
Riordan manufacturing strategy is a combination of both chase and level. When the company produces enough goods to match the demand for goods, it applies the chase strategy. On the contrary, when Riordan continuously produces a product, it is using the level strategy. Riordan manufactures the fan parts
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There are about 250 employees in this facility where the initial production pilot run is conducted. Not only does this facility product customized products for the fans, but also where the fans are produced, packaged, and shipped for local or international use (Apollo Group, 2013).
Supplier Improvement Strategies Customer service improvement can be made to meet consumer demands. To ensure customers receive their products on time, Riordan’s employment will need to match that of product demand. It is also important the company evaluates the value of available tools and technology early on in the planning process, so if needed, new tools or technology can be invested meet production and consumer demands. Each plant should also have a backup generator in case a power outage is to occur, which can wipe out project data.

Maximizing Efficiency using Lean Production

Lean production principles such as Just-In-Time (JIT) will benefit Riordan in maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of its electric fan supply chain process. “The purpose of JIT production is to avoid the waste associated with overproduction, waiting and excess inventory,”( If implemented, JIT would make Riordan more efficient because they could start and stop production if a customer demands more or less of the electric fan. It would also serve as benefit if a customer

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