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Manufacturing


What kind of job do you have?
I am the manager at a manufacturing company.
What is manufacturing?
It is the use of machines, tools and labor to make goods for use or sale.
What does your company manufacture?
Our company uses raw materials to create engine parts.
Do you sell your engine parts directly to consumers?
A small amount of our finished products are sold to consumers.
And the rest are sold to other manufacturers.
Yes, and they use our finished products for more complex products like airplanes.
Does your company use a specific kind of manufacturing?
Our factory uses mass production to create our parts.
And what is mass production?
It is the production of large amounts of products, usually with the aid of an assembly line.
I thought that assembly lines only had people on them.
No, many assembly lines use machines that are controlled by people.
So the machines do the work, and the people just make sure it is done right.
Exactly, and that is how our goods are produced from raw materials.
How do you know that every product comes out right?
Every manufacturing company has some sort of quality control.
It checks to finished products to make sure they are correct.
Quality control can’t check every single piece, because it is a system of checking random pieces.
So some bad products might make it out the door.
Yes, but it is very unlikely.
With manufacturing, there is some risk, but overall it is very important to society.
Exactly, because without manufacturing, we would not have the goods that we depend on.

Marketing


We need to discuss our marketing strategy.
Where should we start?
Let’s start with our target market segment.
Okay. Who is our target market?
I believe we should target middle-class males, ages 18-25.
I think this is a good target market for our product.
Let’s discuss the four P’s.
You mean Price, Promotion, Product, and Place?
Yes. What do you think our price should be?
I think we should lean toward the less expensive side.
Do you think $5 is a good price?
Yes.
What about our promotion?
We should use TV advertisements and ads on websites.
Good idea. Where should we sell our product?
We should sell at large supermarkets rather than specialty stores.
Why is that?
Because our product is inexpensive, so a higher volume will help us have higher profits.
I see.
What about selling online?
I think we could sell our product on our own website and also affiliate websites.
Good idea.
What sets our product apart from our competition?
We have additional accessories customers can use that other products don’t have.
That does give us an advantage. I think we have a great marketing strategy.
I think so too.

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