Managing Erratic Demand: The Multi-Channel Manufacturing Approach
Erratic Demand; JIT; Lean manufacturing; Multi-Channel Manufacturing; Quick Response
Contemporary cellular approaches to the development of manufacturing architectures based upon lean manufacturing concepts are often hindered or prevented by the lack of a smooth regular demand for products. This is frequently the case in apparel manufacturing where demand is erratic because of the high variety of end items and the fickleness of fashion markets. Multi-Channel Manufacturing (MCM) is an approach to cell development, which examines first the market channel requirements and configures cells based upon common customer service requirements. This paper describes the MCM approach and presents an application study in the apparel industry. Working through the case example, the paper describes the application of three MCM principles in seven specific application steps. The resulting revised system provides better customer service and reduced inventories albeit at some potential sacrifice in direct labor efficiency. Like other cellular designs, refinement of the system is a continual process. The paper illustrates trade-off's and extensions of the system to improve efficiency and performance. It has immediate applicability to apparel manufacturing.
Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
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Kulonda, Dennis J., "Managing Erratic Demand: The Multi-Channel Manufacturing Approach" (2002). Scopus Export 2000s. 2285.