Case | HBS Case Collection | October 1991 (Revised November 1993)

Play Time Toy Co.

by Thomas R. Piper


The president of a toy company is considering the adoption of level production in a business characterized by highly seasonal sales. The issues include balancing the cost savings and the inventory risk, estimating the seasonal financing need, and determining the appropriate approach to the bank. A rewritten version of an earlier case.

Keywords: Production; Cost Management; Banks and Banking; Sales; Goods and Commodities; Financial Management; Risk Management; Entertainment and Recreation Industry;


Piper, Thomas R. "Play Time Toy Co." Harvard Business School Case 292-003, October 1991. (Revised November 1993.)