Pitfalls, Problems, and Operation of a Total Materials Management Program

  • Eugene L. Magad
  • John M. Amos
Part of the Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (COMMS)


During the past decade, materials managers have made considerable progress in the coordination and integration of their activities, but many pitfalls and problems remain in the implementation of materials management programs. Uncoordinated cost reduction, for example, can be misleading; cost reductions in one area frequently appear as cost increases elsewhere. Reducing in-plant transportation equipment in order to fully utilize all of the company’s forklifts would probably require inventory increases and delay production. Similarly, reductions in packaging costs can increase the costs of materials handling and customer claims.


Inventory Level Material Handling Status Symbol Material Management MATERIAlS Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene L. Magad
    • 1
  • John M. Amos
    • 2
  1. 1.William Rainey Harper CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Applied EngineeringUniversity of Missouri-RollaUSA

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