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Provide an example of a supply chain for a specific product or service. Many supply chain examples can be found via the library and the Web. Which one area of the supply chain is the most critical link in the chain for this product and why?

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The automobile supply chain is a significant supply chain to analyze because of its ultimate effect on the various levels of the economy from basic transportation to and from other business, and the fiscal effect on the finance and banking industries due to the amount of money that is exchanged on a daily basis from a multitude of suppliers, manufacturers, OEMs, dealerships, parts departments, and end-consumers (Simpson, D., Power, D., & Samson, D., 2007).

There are many facets of the supply chain of automobiles that are significant and relate to the development to the companies involved. The engineering, research, and ...

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This solution discusses a supply chain for a specific product or service - in this case, the automobile supply chain.

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One of Advantec's primary clients, Johnson Automotive (an automotive holding company) provides key parts to one of the big three manufacturers; they are seeking methods to improve and optimize its return parts channels. They provide electronics, batteries, and paint products to their clients. Assume Johnson currently uses outdated methods of supply chain management (limited technology and processes). Utilizing different resources, do the following:

1. Define reverse logistics and explain it.
2. Highlight key elements of return management or reverse logistics channel for the automotive industry - how are they different than other industries? Identify the unique aspects of this industry.
3. Explain any issues associated with reverse logistics for each of the individual types of components provided by Johnson Automotive (electronics, batteries, and paint products).
4. Explain how Johnson can optimize its reverse logistics channel. Is there any opportunity to provide competitive advantage through reverse logistics for Johnson Automotive, and what would it be?

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