The more you do something, the better you get at it. The learning curve model helps you to analyze direct-labor performance over the life of a production contract. This video defines the learning curve, provides an excellent example, and demonstrates when it is appropriate to apply this model.
- We've all heard that.…Professional athletes certainly prove this to be true,…even the very best baseball players…take batting practice every day.…In general, the more you do something,…the better you are at it,…which is a result of your learning.…You can also apply this principle to your business…with what is called the learning curve.…The learning curve applies to direct labor costs…in a production factory.…It establishes the rate of improvement,…and direct labor costs as production volume increases.…
Each time production value doubles,…you improve at a specified rate.…For example, an 85% learning curve states…that each time your production volume doubles,…you realize a 15% reduction in direct labor costs per unit.…So, how do you apply the learning curve?…Here's a good example applied to a purchasing contract.…Your supplier has already completed an order for 200 pieces,…and in the cost breakdown of that order,…direct labor costs were $50 per unit,…because it took an average…of five hours of direct labor per unit at $10 per hour.…
- Explain the purchasing process.
- Define purchase order.
- Describe the intent of a purchasing policy.
- Distinguish types of purchasing structures.
- List the steps of selecting a supplier.
- Identify enablers for success in worldwide sourcing.
- Perform price and cost analysis.
- Measure supply management performance.