Full make-to-stock (MTS) and make-to-order (MTO) support
As a manufacturer, you have few options when choosing your production workflow. With conventional MTS workflows, you manufacture your products in bulk and stock them for future sales. When using MTO workflows, you only start the manufacturing process once an order comes in.
When using an MTS workflow, you can reduce your customers’ wait time since the products are all made and ready to be sent out. MTS also makes it easier to schedule ahead and plan your resources. Of course, when using MTS, if your forecasting is inaccurate or consumer trends change, you may find yourself holding too much or too little stock. MTS also comes with higher carrying costs and possibly more waste.
MTO, on the other hand, is excellent for minimizing waste and keeping your carrying costs low since the products are only made when an order comes in. This ensures that items will go out as soon as the production is finished, and they won’t be left sitting on the shelf. However, implementing MTO means increased customer wait times and irregular sales demands.
Katana’s plastics and rubber ERP ensures your production lines are running efficiently, whichever workflow you choose. If you manufacture some components using MTS and certain parts using MTO, Katana still has you covered.