A product life cycle, defined is the period from when a product goes through its initial specifications and research to the withdrawal of that product from the market. There are five product life cycle stages.
The product cycle stages are as follows:
This is the phase where market research as well as the design plans for a product are initiated. Patents are established for the product during this phase to protect the product from competition. Production facilities might also be developed during this stage so that mass production can take place. The company might also establish its logistics for raw material suppliers and retailer customers.
In this product life cycle the company will increase its production and logistics network according to demand. A company will also broaden the audience that it is promoting to as the product becomes more popular during this product cycle.
As the product loses popularity a company has generally three options. The first choice is for the company to offer the product at a reduced price. The second is for a company to add new features or revamp the style of the product. The decline stage is the last option. Eventually, this stage will move into the elimination of the product or the abandonment stage.
Here the entire product line is discontinued. A company liquidates all of the remaining inventory. If the product contained special facilities, then the company will liquidate those as well. Then, realize the salvage value for all equipment. This stage represents the complete end of that product and everything associated.
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