1. How is OTD different to BTS? Answer: - Order-To-Delivery (OTD) is different from Built-To-Stock (BTS) in following ways: I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. It would reduce the huge stock pile which is common in BTS model. It would enable FAC to produce according to dealer’s order and not marketing forecast as marketing forecast can be bit non accurate some times and dealers order would be what consumer enquired for and show interest in. We can consider OTD in FAC as JIT in supply chain, more over it will give a better cost saving and will save space as well in storing cars at FAC. OTD would improve schedule stability. OTD would impart discipline which very important to supplier’s capacity planning and dealer’s ordering pattern. OTD would improve ordering system as in BTS system ordering system was kind of abrupt i.e. the dealers orders as and when needed but then also they did make lots of sudden changes, this led to stockpile of cars. Demand did not always meet the forecast and vice versa. 2. What are the advantages of OTD from a production planning point of view? Answers: - Advantages of OTD from a production planning point of view: I. II. III. IV. As told in Answer 1 there was a mismatch in production and demand which resulted in yard full of cars “unsold” in BTS model so OTD would resolve this issue. Manual planning which allowed last minute changes in production schedule created pressure and issue on dealer and top management and implementing OTD would hopefully resolve this issue as well. Above issue mostly of the time disrupted the supplier production plan and implementing OTD would save them from this hazel and they can plan and produce Just-in-time so that there is no stock piling in supplier warehouse as well. As already told in Answer 1 about schedule stability which was disrupted would be improved by implementing OTD. Although given that the low volume disruption could be managed but imaging when FAC’s model-i car would be in production phase as i-model car had 56 variants it would be huge and if they still follow BTS they would be sitting on stockpile model-i car’s unsold variants alone. 3. Who are the main benefactors of OTD? Answer: - As Model-i was to target high volume segment, the old model (BTS model) and manual planning would not work very well and senior management felt for this very reason that model-i was the perfect candidate for implementation of OTD model, Model-i had nigh number of total variants, totaling to 56 variants and if someone take abs and other addon safety features the variant would further increase. Therefore, this increasing number of variants made it virtually impossible to do things on spreadsheet manually and of course not to mention other difficulty in doing things manually which was the case in BTS model. Then there was “A For C” model which was simple and in conjunction to OTD, it said if a product is to be delivered in month C then it should be put on order in month A that mean one whole month for preparation and production, this would benefit all three supplier, dealer and producer, in this way supplier would also have JIT concept and sufficient time for procurement the production planning their plant as well and then deliver part to production unit so no stocking of both parties and then finished good would be on their way to showroom who would need it for that particular month sales so no stock pile there as well. By doing so there were no further disruptions in the supply chain.