What key issues does manufacturing planning address in order to meet customer demand?
1. Flow of raw materials from suppliers, work in process through production, and finished product and delivery channels to customers
2. Delivery lead time customers are willing to accept
3. Deployment and use of production resources: Labor, equipment, technology, and plant infrastructure
4. Appropriate relationships with other organizations in the supply chain, including outsourcing, arm's length relationships, partnerships, alliances, and vertical integration.