After reading this chapter, you should be able to:
Identify the factors affecting location choices.
Find the center of gravity using the load–distance method.
Use financial data with break-even analysis to identify the location of a facility.
Determine the location of a facility in a network using the transportation method.
Understand the role of geographical information systems in making location decisions.
Explain the implications of centralized versus forward placement of inventories.
Use a preference matrix to evaluate proposed locations as part of a systematic location selection process.