Pittinger Industries manufactures iPhone case covers. Jeanne Thompson, the CEO, is trying to decide whether to adopt a lean thinking model. She expects that adopting lean production would save $63,000 in warehousing expenses and $39,600 in spoilage costs. Adopting lean production will require several one-time up-front expenditures: $11,500 for an employee training program, $41,500 to streamline the plant’s production process, and $7,500 to identify suppliers that will guarantee zero defects and on-time delivery.
1. What are the total costs of adopting lean production?
2. What are the total benefits of adopting lean production?
3. Should the company adopt lean production? Why or why not?