Presentation on theme: "Customer Values?. 1)They review products to identify quality features such as style and technology. 2)They select those features they feel provide personal."— Presentation transcript:
1)They review products to identify quality features such as style and technology. 2)They select those features they feel provide personal benefits. 3)They estimate the value of those benefits by comparing them to the price of the product. 4)They then decide if the features are worth the price? NOTE: A properly designed product will have taken all of these into consideration when developing the product concept. How Do Customers Determine Value?
Two views of quality exist, the customer quality view and the manufacturing quality view. Customer quality view represents a group of product features and characteristics that meet customer preferences and expectations. They can include a number of characteristics which contribute little or nothing to the functionality of the product but are significant in providing customer satisfaction, such as the appearance of an item. Manufacturing quality view is usually stated in terms of minimum defects. BTW, I asked a physical therapist to define quality. She said without hesitation, “expensive”. Quality versus the cost of quality products usually influences customer purchase decisions. Views of Quality
David Garvin ( Managing Quality: The Strategic and Competitive Edge, 1988) described product quality in terms of seven quality features that customers look for: Performance – primary operating characteristics Reliability – probability of a malfunction or failure Conformance – the degree established standards are met Durability – a measure of product life Serviceability – ease, speed, courtesy, and competence of repairs Aesthetics – how a product looks, feels, sounds, smells, tastes… Perceived Quality – a person’s perception of quality Customer Quality (Value) Features
Note that all these customer quality features are more a function of how a product is designed and developed and not necessarily on a company’s Lean capabilities. Customer Quality Features
Determining Customer Value Desired Product: Used Automobile Quality Features: Performance – primary operating characteristics Reliability – probability of a malfunction or failure Conformance – the degree established standards are met Durability – a measure of product life Serviceability – ease, speed, courtesy, of repairs Aesthetics – how a product looks, feels, sounds, smells, etc. Style, technology and performance (STP) Car mileage – how many miles on the car Miles per gallon – economy Other “bells and whistles” Selected Benefits: Selected quality features Determine Price: Sales price of the car Sales tax, insurance, etc. Operating costs Tires replacement costs Etc. Determine Value: Selected Benefits Price
Marketing describes customer value requirements by the 3 P’s: P rice Competitive P roduct All customer desired quality features P lace Right item, quantity, place, and time Lean values are described as benefits in: C ost Lowest Q uality Minimum defects T ime Shortest process time Marketing’s 3 P’s Values Versus Lean’s Values
Professor Terry Hill of the London Business School indicated that customers make purchase decisions at two levels: A qualification level: Suppliers must first be qualified on low prices and short lead times to be considered to be a viable suppliers. A winner level: Customers then select a final supplier from the qualified ones using different selection criteria, such as specific quality features. Here they look for the most value. Another View on How Customers Purchase Items?
Lean’s low cost and short lead times are classified as “Order Qualifiers” and not “Order Winners” by Terry Hill. Order qualifiers are product characteristics that suppliers offer to influence customers to initially consider their products for purchase. Firms must provide order qualifiers that are competitive to stay in a market. Considered by many to be a cost of doing business. Qualification Level
Order qualifiers do not assure sales will occur. What is needed in addition are the quality features that Hill identifies as order winners. An order winner is a product characteristic that will improve the probability of a sale. It should ideally exceed what competitors are offering. Order winners fall into the “customers view of quality” used in determining customer values. Are Order Qualifiers Sufficient to Assure Sales?
How difficult is it for a company to provide order winning features? It depends upon a number of things: Understanding of customer’s value requirements. Ability to conceive and rapidly design and develop new products. Ability to rapidly ramp up production. Ability to manage everything in a complex, rapidly changing environment. Providing Order Winners
Listening to the VOC’s (Voice of the Customer’s) CTQ (critical to quality) features is a starting point, but is that enough? How will you know when you are satisfying those key customer values? How do you measure what customers think they received in the way of value? How do you measure what customers think it cost them? If companies can answer those questions they’re probably way ahead of they’re competitors. Identifying Customer Desired Values Is Not Always Easy!
Customers themselves rate their selected benefits three ways: Some are: Must have Must have a car with a GPS navigation system Some are: Would like to have, if they can afford it Would like to have a Bose sound system in the car with a 6- disk changer, 12 speakers, and 500 W of audio power but can’t afford the $3,000+ cost. The rest are: Nice to have if they can get them cheap Don’t much care for a car’s moon roof but I’ll take one if it’s cheap. To Complicate Matters, Not all Customer’s Stated Benefits of a Product are of Equal Importance to Them
For Garvin’s list of product quality features: Use Product Design & Development tools mostly to design the values in. For low prices and reduced lead times: Design it in for new products. Use Lean to eliminate or reduce wastes and non-value added activities to reduce product costs. For quality – minimum defects: – Use Six Sigma’s variability reduction DMAIC process to reduce process variability and defects. How Do You Provide Customer Desired Values? ( Where Does Lean Fit In?)
Because a customer says he wants a new product doesn’t mean a company should develop it necessarily. The starting point for new product development is new product position analysis which includes: What the estimated market demand and profitability for the new product would be, and at what selling price? How well the new product fits in with the company’s current products and can be promoted. How the new product can be differentiated from competitor products, etc. If it’s determined that the product won’t be popular with other customers, it should not be developed. Should Customer Requested New Products Always be Developed?
Understanding User’s Needs In order to create a breakthrough product, a company must know who their customers are and how to place that knowledge in the perspective of the market that the product competes in. Traditional methods of ergonomic research are supported by a range of other techniques which include new product ethnography, scenario development, and life style reference. The results of this research provide insights that characterize potential customers in the target market and serve as a basis for testing the validity of product concepts. Product development has moved to a period of mass customer- zation, or the act of attempting to understand the needs, wants, and desires of ever smaller and rapidly changing markets. Mass customization is the product that results from that understanding.
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