QUESTION FOUR

a) Briefly Explain five (5) variables that an Operations Manager can manipulate to meet short to medium term capacity requirements. [5 Marks]

b) The Good and Rich Candy company makes a variety of candies in three factories worldwide. Its line of chocolate candies exhibits a highly seasonal demand pattern, with peaks during winter months (for the holiday season and valentine’s day) and valleys during summer months (when chocolate tends to melt and customers are watching their weight). Given the following costs and quarterly sales forecast, determine whether a level production or chase demand production strategy would more economically meet the demand for chocolate candies.

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