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Explain how a supply chain that interfaces with customers and suppliers on production planning has changed over the last decade with the development of the Internet and other advances in supply chain technology.

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//In this paper, the main discussion will be on supply chain which interfaces with suppliers and customers on production planning that has changed over the last decade with the development of the Internet and other advances in supply chain technology. First of all, a brief introduction about supply chain management will be provided. After that, the utilization of Internet, Information technology, and other technologies will also be provided.//

Supply Chain

Supply chain management is the management of a network of interrelated business, comprised in the provision of service and product packages needed by the end customers in a supply chain. Supply chain management covers all the accumulation and movements of finished goods, and work-in-process inventory from the beginning point to the point of expenditure. Several problems are addressed in supply chain management, which are distribution strategy, information; trade offs in logistical activities, inventory management, cash flow and distribution network configuration (Articles : Supply Chain : Supply Chain Technology, 2012).

Supply chain management and e-business, and other techniques

Due to several complexities and challenges which organizations face in current ever changing business environment, ascertaining a valuable supply chain has become a core competency for several organizations. The significance of supply chain demonstrates that how to work between and within organizations. It must be identified that companies seeking improvement and enhancement should set as a vital objective for the attainment of knowledge of e-business models (Ross, 2003).

In this regard, information technology, Internet, e-commerce, and e-commerce business models can assist ...

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Five years ago, CEO John Michael took control of the Homer Manufacturing Company (HMC), an automotive parts supplier to the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). HMC was originally founded based on its injection molding capabilities, but over the last decade, it has taken on more assembly processes in support of its customers' demands. With the majority of the company's sales coming from the assembly area, and with competitors outsourcing much of their assembly work to Hong Kong, HMC recognizes that to remain competitive, it has to dramatically improve the assembly side of its business.

As John networks with other companies, he recognizes that a lean production system is the key to improving the company's performance. To lead this improvement initiative, he brought on board a consultant, Tripp Martin. Tripp is a lean sensei, a master teacher in lean methods. Tripp achieved sensei status during his 9-year career with a major Russian manufacturer, and he now uses the knowledge to help American manufacturers through his consulting firm, TM & Son LLC.

As HMC has grown over the last decade, it took on more assembly operations. Because these assembly operations were brought into the plant, management struggled for space and often located the assembly areas in any location where there was open floor space. That environment dramatically changed over the last several years, however; the automotive industry, driven by competitive pressures, made the decision to outsource more than 60% of its in-house assemblies to a series of outside companies. HMC was one of the recipients of that strategy.

Now that its total assembly operations are a much larger percentage of its business portfolio, HMC often finds itself either with excess material or expediting material received from suppliers at the last minute to prevent from missing a customer's deadline. HMC is in the same facility in which it started, which was originally conceived without assembly operations. As a result, the plant now has a cumbersome and inefficient layout that is causing ongoing production inefficiencies. With the potential for even more new business, John knows that Tripp Martin and the lean production system are needed to help HMC survive and grow.

John and Tripp's first order of business is to set objectives for the initiative. Because the overall goal is to improve quality, improve delivery, and reduce cost, they set the following objectives:

- Reduce direct labor costs by 35%.
- Cut production cycle time by 25%.
- Reduce inventory and inventory costs by 30%.
- Reduce expediting and obsolescence costs by 65%.
- Improve space utilization in the plant.

In 1,200 words, discuss the organizations of supply chain that you would include in the restructuring of Homer Manufacturing's supply chain. you must address the following in your report:

Explain how you would go about restructuring Homer Manufacturing's supply chain management.

In the report you must define and explain the four key drivers of supply chain management.

Explain the human factors of analysis and how this relates to customer interface and production planning.

Explain supplier design activities

Explain the concept of rapid prototyping and how it can be used as a concurrent engineering tool.

Provide at least 3 recommendations of companies that have strong supply chain management and why?

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