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Unit 8 Discussion

With effective resource planning organizations can reduce inventory and service costs, improve efficiencies, and establish methods for continuous improvement. Depending upon the type of resource there is a different type of planning that must take place. This can include; material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), or product lifecycle management (PLM).

For this discussion you will need to have carefully reviewed the learning events in the classroom and completed additional research (in the virtual library or on the internet) on two specific types of resource planning.

For this project you will need to have carefully reviewed the learning events in the classroom and completed additional research (in the virtual library or on the internet) on two specific types of resource planning.

1. Based on your reading and research explain whether or not you believe ERP and MRP are the only resource planning processes applicable to manufactured processes?

2. Can either ERP or MRP be used for service industries or can they only be used for manufacturing organizations?

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1. Based on your reading and research, explain whether or not you believe ERP and MRP are the only resource planning processes applicable to manufactured processes.

I believe that other methods can be utilized, other than ERP and MRP in a manufacturing process. I believe that CRP can be used as this method helps a company determine the capacity of products that they might need to meet the demands of their customers.

A more detailed explanation can be found at: "Capacity Requirements Planning, also known as CRP, in MRP parlance, is the technique that allows business to plan ahead to determine how large their future inventory capacity needs to be in order to meet demand. CRP also helps companies determine how much space they will need to hold these materials. It verifies that you have the sufficient capacity available to meet the capacity requirement for the MRP plans" (Unknown Author, 2008). (This is how you should quote in text ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides an explanation of how ERP and MRP can be utilized in different service industries.

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