Operations Design Analysis: National Cranberry



Problems faced at the National Cranberry Cooperative (NCC) were not properly addressed in the new capital expenditures made in 1995.  The previous $200,000 investment in a new dumper did not solve the problem because NCC did not recognize the existence of a bottleneck in RP1 operations. As a result, overtime expenses continue to plague NCC due to slower throughput time.  In addition, growers (suppliers) are upset at the additional cost burden and idle time of truck deliveries.  NCC must keep these growers happy and make critical adjustments to end the bottleneck at RP1.


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