Ivey Publishing

Product Details

W.C. Wood Company (A)
Product Number:
9B10D010
Publication Date:
12/13/2010
Length:
9 pages (5 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Field)
Source:
Ivey
The vice-president of manufacturing for W.C. Wood Company was reviewing a proposal to change the company's packaging for their line of refrigerators and freezers. The proposal recommended a move from cardboard packaging to a combination of polystyrene foam and clear plastic film. Switching to this method of packaging would save on material and labour costs, and result in a significant reduction in damage claims due to the increased package stability; however, a substantial capital investment would be required to launch the change. The equipment required to convert to the new design would require a six-month lead time and one week to install, preferably over the company's summer shut-down. The vice-president needed to evaluate his options of converting all lines at once or transitioning to the new packaging system in stages in order to make his decision.
Issues:
Disciplines:
International,  Operations Management
Industries:
Manufacturing
Setting:
Canada, Medium, 2004
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate/MBA
Price:
$5.30 CAD / $5.00 USD Printed Copy
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Permissions
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Digital Download
Associated Materials
Supplements: 9B10D011 (1 page)
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