Effects of Product Layout on Stores Operations of Dairy Farms in Illinois


  • Rouwenhorst Papadopoulos Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College


This study established the effects of product layout on stores operations. The objectives of the study included; to determine whether costs associated with product layout affects stores operations, to find out whether volume of output in production affects stores operations, to examine how flexibility of product layout affects stores operations.  The study was significant to the management of the organization, other manufacturing and processing firms, policy makers and researchers for furthering the research in the future. The study was anchored under the following theories; Transaction Cost Theory, Resource Dependency Theory and Queuing Theory. The researcher reviewed literatures that are relevant to the topic of study, criticize them and identify the gaps to be filled. The study adopted descriptive research design. Primary data were collected using questionnaires and analyzed using SPSS software version 20. The model summary revealed that cost of operations, volume of output and flexibility of product layout explains 45.4% of changes in the dependent variable as indicated by the value of R2 which implies that there are other factors not included in this model that influence and store operations. Regression results showed that cost of operations had a negative and statistically significant relationship with store operations while volume of output had positive and statistically significant relationship with store operations. Further, regression results showed that flexibility of product layout had positive and statistically significant relationship with store operations of dairy companies. From the study findings, the study concludes that store operations of dairy companies is significantly affected by cost of operations, volume of output and flexibility of product layout. This study recommends cost cutting by choosing better model to conduct store operations among dairy companies. This study recommends more increased volume operations. Continuity of supply of variable inputs should be put into consideration so as the volume of output budgeted to be produced in a day cannot be tampered. The study recommends development of queuing management system to reduce time wastage during store operations.

Key words: product layout, stores operation, volume of output in production, product layout, dairy companies


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Papadopoulos, R. (2020). Effects of Product Layout on Stores Operations of Dairy Farms in Illinois. Journal of Agriculture, 3(1), 43–57. Retrieved from https://stratfordjournals.org/journals/index.php/journal-of-agriculture/article/view/474