Lot Size

Lot size is the amount of a good produced at the one time. Lot size is an important issue in lean manufacturing, as large lot sizes and high setup costs drive batch production and ‘push’ stock into the supply chain. As an example, supposing a salesperson asks for 250 business cards, being a year’s forecast usage, but is told that the most economic print run is 500 cards. The setup cost causes two years inventory to be held, and most likely the salesperson will change job before the cards run out. Reducing lot size and setup costs allows small batches to be produced and goods to be ‘pulled’ through the supply chain. See also Economic Order Quantity.

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