9.2.  Operating Methods/Procedures

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Describe major elements of production/ operations/ distribution. Use simple diagrams to illustrate processes or complex relationships.

For example, in the case of a producer, highlight the main processes and activities and discuss use of materials, capacities & utilization, staffing levels, productivity, quality issues, energy consumption, waste, inventory-building, transport/distribution and so on.

Use simple tables as per the following example showing first-year inventory projections. It was copied and pasted directly from Exl-Plan's built-in Textual Summary Report (more information at http://www.planware.org/exldesc.htm) as a “picture”.

Table generated using Exl-Plan, business financial planner. Pasted from Exl-Plan's
Textual Summary Report  - see Using Exl-Plan with Free-Plan.

Briefly describe systems for product costing, quality control, production management, maintenance, customer support etc. Use simple tables to summarize and place any important detail in an appendix.

Explain transport/distribution arrangements and related costs.

For latest information, see the Manufacturing / Operations section in the Business Plan Guide at http://www.planware.org/goperations.htm


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