Authors: A. Davies, E. John, A.J. Thomas
Addresses: Cardiff School of Engineering, Queens Buildings, Cardiff University, CF24 3EH, UK. ' Cardiff School of Engineering, Queens Buildings, Cardiff University, CF24 3EH, UK. ' Newport Business School, University of Wales Newport, Gwent NP20 5DA, UK
Abstract: In today|s business environment where the selling price of a product is often dictated by the competitive forces which exist in the marketplace, a well structured |cost/waste minimisation programme| should enable a company to maintain its long term competitive advantage. In this paper, a |Last order Costing| methodology has been developed which addresses the identification and minimisation of total production costs within a company. This paper provides a detailed explanation of the methodology and an examination of each cost element within a subject company. It further highlights where more detailed investigation may result in additional financial reductions. [Received 17 August 2009; Revised 7 April 2010; Accepted 22 October 2010]
Keywords: lean order processing; system design; cost reduction; last order costing; total production costs; activity-based costing; ABC; supply chain costs; supply chain management; SCM; small firms; manufacturing industry.
International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2011 Vol.6 No.2, pp.160 - 174
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