Product design touches every aspect of modern life, determining the form and function of the products and technologies that we use every day. Product design is not just concerned with the appearance and functionality of products; it has an important role in determining the cost, pricing, risk and profitability profile of those products. Product Design and the Supply Chain shows how decisions taken at the design stage of a product's life cycle go on to affect that product's subsequent value to a company. Eighty percent of a product's eventual supply chain costs are already present at the early stages of product design and development. This book allows companies to make informed design decisions that have significant positive through-life implications for risk, complexity and responsiveness, thus allowing them to create a 'moat' that is difficult for competitors to sidestep or surmount.
Product Design and the Supply Chain contains fascinating content applicable to industry. It is full of useful and insightful real-life cases and examples. This book sets out to show how design impacts: sales revenues, pricing, time to market, manufacturing and supply chain costs, supply chain risks, brand loyalty, and competitiveness.
Omera Khan has beautifully bridged the yawning gap between product design and supply chain design - a gap that has existed since the logistics/supply chain domain became an accepted management discipline over 50 years ago. Her emphasis on conscious design of the supply chain rather than the inside-out style of thinking that has prevailed to date is very refreshing. And she backs up her case with an impressive array of case studies. This book is long overdue, and a must read for leaders of all corporate functions.'