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Logistics:Assessing Distribution and Supply Chain Management

Article Reflection

Part 1

Find a current article (not more than 4 years old) that relates to one of the topics explored in your readings or course discussion. Write a 1-2 page paper that contains a brief summary of the article, how it relates to course content and/or discussion, and your personal opinion of the article. What do you agree with? What do you disagree with? What did you find particularly interesting or surprising? Include a reference list in APA format for the article along with any other sources used (including your textbook).

Part 2

Final Project Topic Selection

This week you will be submitting a brief description of the topic you would like to explore for your project. Write 1 paragraph discussing the details of the company you would like to use for your project, including what type of company it is and the size of the company. Also discuss any issues you currently have in mind regarding the supply chain strategy you will use for your project, based on your current knowledge of supply chain management.

Bowersox, D.(2013). Supply Chain Logistics Management. (4th ed). Richard D. Irwin, Inc

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Here you go - gave you two options for the second part. I think you might be able to find more information regarding Whole Foods. Is this what you are looking for? Please let me know. Formatted copy is attached.

Article Reflection 1

Logistics Management featured an article regarding Staples' smart packaging system recently. Staple is the "world's largest office supply company" and is the "second largest retailer on the Internet" (Napolitano, 2013). To ensure its success, Staple promises that any order placed before 5 p.m. will be delivered the next day to "98 percent of the population from its network of state of the art fulfillment centers" (Napolitano, 2013). Packaging of products is expensive, and the larger the package the more space it takes to ship, thus costing Staples more. To this end, Staples has launched a "smart-size packaging program" that allows the retailer to create custom sized carton specific packaging for every less-than-full case order it ships. This program helps the company reduce packaging (thus reducing costs and increasing sustainability) while increasing efficiencies in product handling and transportation.

Before Staples embarked upon this program, order pullers would try to fit product into one of five different standard-sized containers, filling extra space with packaging. This resulted in extra packaging and extra boxes, and ultimately extra transportation needed to handle larger orders. In Staple's Secaucus facility, "about 6,000 to 8,000 custom sized boxes" (Napolitano, 2013) are generated daily, based upon break-pack cube sizes. As a result of this revolutionary system, Staples has realized immediate savings. Corrugated cardboard usage has dropped 15 percent, air pillow usage has been reduced 60 percent, and overall cubes of orders have been reduced ...

Solution Summary

This detailed solution includes a paper that discusses a recent article regarding logistics (Staples smart packaging system), with APA references. Part 2 are two proposals to discuss distribution of Whole Foods or a local supermarket chain.