The main reasons for diseconomies of scale to appear are:

Economies of scale are a key advantage for a business that is able to grow.

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  • When more units of a good or a service can be produced on a larger scale, with less input costs per unit of output produced, economies of scale (ES) are said to be achieved. Alternatively, this means that as a company grows and production units increase, a company will have a better chance to decrease its costs. Extending this logic to macro level we can say that, economic growth may be achieved when economies of scale are realized.

    A firm has to expand the scale of output in order to achieve itsobjectives like minimization of cost, efficient use of resources etc. Economies of scale are the cost advantages that a business can exploit by expanding their scale of production. The effect of economies of scale is to reduce the average or per unit costs of production.

  • Economies of scale can affect all aspects of a business, not just purchasing power. McDonald’s 14,098 locations dwarf the next closest hamburger chain Wendy’s 5,876 locations. Assuming each chain spends the same amount per location on advertising, McDonald’s spends triple the amount Wendy’s does promoting its burgers. This marketing economy of scale serves McDonald’s in several ways.

    Altria is taking initiatives to reduce the cost base of its e-vapor products to boost the profit margins, but economies of scale are no way near as more automated production is still under process. In my opinion, strategic partnership with Philip Morris International (NYSE:) is perhaps the reason Altria is not rushing into e-vapor products. Altria's licensing bet on iQOS makes a lot of sense. iQOS heats tobacco instead of some nicotine-laced e-liquid, which is a big attraction for the consumer. Moreover, iQOS uses Marlboro branded HeatSticks, which is a huge advantage over almost every brand in e-cigarette market. And lastly, the production process and raw material are almost the same for HeatSticks, which can produce significant cost advantage.

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    563 × 479 (3887 bytes) Bakkouz (talk · contribs) وفورات الحجم - نسبة القيمة إلى حجم الانتاج الرسم من تأليفي Economies of Scale, Value of unit verses production quantity. Illustration by me.

    Adam Smith identified the division of labor and specialization as the two key means to achieve a larger return on production. Through these two techniques, employees would not only be able to concentrate on a specific task, but with time, improve the skills necessary to perform their jobs. The tasks could then be performed better and faster. Hence, through such efficiency, time and money could be saved while production levels increased. Alfred Marshall made a distinction between internal and external economies of scale.

6. Marketing economies of scale

Our investigation in general reveals no firm or systematic evidence that diseconomies of large scale tend necessarily to be encountered by very large firms in manufacturing industries. Some instances are found in which the largest firms in an industry have higher unit costs than somewhat smaller firms, but their cost disadvantages appear to be attributable to a variety of special circumstances not intrinsically linked with scale of firm per se. Diseconomies of large-scale firm thus do not tend to provide an effective check on degrees of concentration of industry control by firms that are much higher than required for efficiency in production and distribution. Indeed, the incidence of dominant firms which are from four or five to twenty or more times as large as is required for exploiting all visible economies of large-scale production and distribution is quite high in the 20 American manufacturing industries sampled.