Mt435 Unit 6 Essay

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Unit six Written Assignment Ury Salinas MT435 Operations Management Kaplan University April 30, 2013 Introduction Question One Carefully review the assignment scenario/case study. From the limited information in the scenario/case study, along with your answers to the unit three written assignment, identify at least three direct and specific long-term and three direct and specific short term operations changes that Albatross Anchor must make to gain a clear and sustainable competitive advantage (provide detailed information to validate and support each recommended change) Long-Term Operational Changes (01) The first long term change that Albatross Anchor must make in order to become more successful is to get more space for their company. The space they have now is certainly not adequate for the company’s two product lines. The space is so limited that the change over for the production of each anchor is not a quick one. There is also not enough space for storing raw materials and finished goods, which of course means that production may be slow if not everything is accessible. The layout of the company makes the workflow difficult and so motion is wasted. This leads to a decrease in production. The employees are not being allowed to work at their fullest potential, (02) Secondly, long term Albatross Anchor must decide to upgrade their technological tools. In order to be more successful in their industry, they must have up-to-date equipment and technology. They must also be aware of the value of marketing themselves and also learn how to do so. This will certainly draw new customers to their company, because they can expand their audience. (03) Thirdly, Albatross Anchor should research and incorporate some sort of LEAN production method. Albatross can gain assistance from a company that helps to advise, consult, and train the employees in

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