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1. What are the operating challenges related to the Toys R Us plan to establish 600 temporary or pop-up seasonal retail outlets? Be specific concerning the supply chain challenges leading into, during, and after the Christmas selling season.

2. How do the concepts of SaaS and cloud computing differ from the services offered by traditional data processing service centers?

3. Discuss how reverse logistics can create value.

4. What is the primary value proposition of Kane Is Able's collaborative distribution service? Be specific concerning how this collaborative distribution service differs from traditional services offered by 3PLs.

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1. What are the operating challenges related to the Toys R Us plan to establish 600 temporary or pop-up seasonal retail outlets? Be specific concerning the supply chain challenges leading into, during, and after the Christmas selling season.

The operating challenges related to the Toys R Us plan to add 600 pop up seasonal outlets include the following:
Leading into: Must recruit, hire, and train employees for 10,000 positions, plus an additional 35,000 people to handle holiday sales across the country. Must determine stock units and inventory levels by store and place orders. Must order product to arrive in time for the holiday season. Determining what is most likely to sell and getting the right quantity of each product will provide a challenge. Locations must be determined that will offer maximum benefits to the chain in terms of sales as well as ability to hire needed staff.

During holiday season: Ensure product has been received and stocked in store and sufficiently trained staff is on hand to handle customers.

After the holidays: Break down stores, return merchandise either to vendor or distribution center, while protecting product to make sure it retains value. Handling any closeout and damaged merchandise. In general, handling inventory at the end will pose a challenge to the company. Release excess ...

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Explanation of operating challenges for Toys R Us pop up stores; explanation of how the concepts of SaaS and cloud computing differ from traditional data processing service centers, how reverse logistics create value, and the primary value proposition of Kane is Able's collaborative distribution service. Includes APA formatted references.

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2) Describe LOGISTICS or how Toys R Us products are transported (land, sea, air, etc.)-- or even how component parts are obtained for manufacturing.

3) Describe their retail PHYSICAL FACILITY to including its location, its exterior and interior appearance, and related place issues such as the decision-rules used to decide where products are located in the facility, being a retailer.

4) With regard to the product(s) (good(s) and/or service(s)) Toys R Us offers, do they have a COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE with its DISTRIBUTION channels or issues? Your answer should be a "Yes" or a "No" followed by your defense of why you chose Yes or No. Be sure to include references to the background materials to support your response.

Please be specific, that is, directed toward each competitor. A simplistic example is that Burger King may have competitive advantage over KFC in terms of location, but it does not have competitive advantage over McDonald's. Of course, you would elaborate more and explain why Toys R Us does or does not have competitive advantage in distribution/place relative to each particular competitor.

P&G bought Gillette in 2005. As an example of competitive advantage, consider where P&G distributes its products (drugstores, supermarkets, mom and pop stores, and convenience stores). Now consider where Gillette sells its products (drugstores, supermarkets, mom and pop stores, and convenience stores). At least from a channels perspective, it made a lot of sense for P&G to purchase Gillette.

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