Wishbone Pet Products
To remain consistent with our overall strategy of minimizing fixed costs, Wishbone Pet Products does not intend to develop a large employee or operations infrastructure. Some of the product design activities and all of the manufacturing and distribution activities will be outsourced. This dramatically reduces the in-house requirements for manpower.
Wishbone Pet Products is a pet product innovator and marketing company based on a lean and agile operations strategy. We will leverage limited resources by utilizing external resources for product development assistance, manufacturing, fulfillment, and marketing. We may also finance accounts receivable with a factor in order to minimize administrative work and guarantee a positive cash flow. With this operations strategy, we can quickly and efficiently develop new products, initiate manufacturing activities, and distribute our product with minimal upfront and fixed costs. This strategy allows us to remain lean, by leveraging the expertise that each external resource possesses and agile with respect to changing customer needs.
7.1 Management Team
In keeping with our operations strategy, we have assembled a team of consultants to provide expertise and direction in key areas. We have also assembled an Advisory Board consisting of key individuals that will provide expert advice to our company when making strategic decisions. This board consists of individuals with particular expertise in engineering and new product development, entrepreneurship, and small business planning.
Kent Chase: Mr. Chase has a mechanical engineering background and has a special interest in new product development and entrepreneurship. He has been engaged in product design for the past six years, working on projects in the medical, commercial appliance, automobile, furniture, and consumer product industry. For the past five years, he has worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager for one of the largest product development companies in the United States. The new product development experience has developed his competence in taking product designs from concept through engineering and into manufacturing. The project management experience has increased his ability to manage people, budgets, and timelines. Prior to this experience, Mr. Chase spent four years in the machine design industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
7.2 Personnel Plan
Wishbone Pet Products has adopted a relatively flat organizational structure. Mr. Chase will serve primarily as the general manager, providing direction and coordination for outside resources. Since development of the initial product line is nearly complete, Mr. Chase will focus on marketing and advertising strategy, coordinate the necessary outside resources to promote the product and handle administrative tasks. Prior to the product launch we will need one individual devoted to sales activities and another individual responsible for the continued monitoring of our production activities, coordinating the required manufacturing resources and monitoring fulfillment of orders.