Consider the following circumstances and discuss whether you would recommend a push system or a pull…

(Push vs. pull systems; writing) Assume that you are a management consultant who advises manufacturing firms regarding production technologies. One of the hot issues you often discuss with management is whether a pull system or a push system is superior in a particular situation. Consider the following circumstances and discuss whether you would recommend a push system or a pull system in each particular case:

a. The firm manufactures two consumer products; 75 percent of annual sales are made during the year-end holiday sales cycle.

b. The firm manufactures a variety of goods for the petroleum industry; most products are sold in low volumes and have a high unit cost.

c. The firm manufactures products subject to rapid obsolescence and that have relatively short product life cycles.

d. The firm manufactures products that have a limited shelf life.

e. The firm manufactures a limited line of products for which there is predictable, but seasonal, demand and the products have long life cycles.

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