Sheila Austin, a buyer at Autolink, a Detroit-based producer of subassemblies for the automotive market, has sent out requests for quotations for a wiring harness to four prospective suppliers. Only two of the four suppliers indicated an interest in quoting the business: Original Wire (Auburn Hills, MI) and Happy Lucky Assemblies (HLA) of Guangdong Province, China. The estimated demand for the harnesses is 5000 units a month. Both suppliers will incur some costs to retool for this particular harness. The harnesses will be pre-packaged in 24 × 24 × 6-inch cartons. Each packaged unit weighs approximately 10 pounds.