Hotels: Strategy for Civilian Goods

Bolstered by the fact that the armed services for whom he is struggling to produce war goods finally gave him a realistic strategy of war production, Donald Nelson last week began to make noises about a "strategy of civilian production."

A successful civilian goods strategy calls for two decisions: 1) on how much production of civilian goods is essential (not how much can be afforded—only the essential can now be afforded); 2) on concentration of that production in a few factories to conserve manpower and machinery for the war effort. (After that, of course, rationing will be necessary to make...

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