Make To Order - MTO

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DEFINITION of 'Make To Order - MTO'

A business production strategy that typically allows consumers to purchase products that are customized to their specifications. The make to order (MTO) strategy only manufactures the end product once the customer places the order. This creates additional wait time for the consumer to receive the product, but allows for more flexible customization compared to purchasing from retailers' shelves.

BREAKING DOWN 'Make To Order - MTO'

The make to order (MTO) strategy relieves the problems of excessive inventory that is common with the traditional make to stock (MTS) strategy. Dell Computers is an example of a business that uses the MTO production strategy.

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