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Material Planning Push Pull System

I have the following task, and I need some help getting started: Write a 2 page paper by answering the following questions from the article in the given link below.

http://www.industryweek.com/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=11783

? Analyze the author's argument that material requirements planning (MRP) is being overshadowed by enterprise resource planning (ERP).
? Should it be assumed that MRP is a "push" system rather than a "pull" system?

? In what situations might the push system be an economically-wise system?
? What issues about "pull" versus "push" assumptions are the author's arguments based on? Provide examples to support your response.

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Analyze the author's argument that material requirements planning (MRP) is being overshadowed by enterprise resource planning (ERP).

The author begins his article by stating " Around for decades, the trusty material requirements planning (MRP) system continues to be used in one form or another by many manufacturers. Sure, at most medium-size and larger companies, MRP has been overshadowed by its fancier, multi-application big brother, enterprise resource planning (ERP), a client-server-based system. But it still plays an important role." ERP assists a manufacture with better inventory management. This way of managing inventory assist the company in keeping stock levels low. Keeping stock costs money. The less stock one has on its shelf the higher profit margin for the company. ERP also affords the manufacture cost efficiencies. The way of doing business today has changed. And with ERP's I believe the overshadowing of ERPs are positive and current.

Should it be assumed that MRP is a "push" system rather than a "pull" system?
I have analyzed the author's argument. I feel ...

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The solution is a two page paper that addresses the following:
? Analyze the author's argument that material requirements planning (MRP) is being overshadowed by enterprise resource planning (ERP).
? Should it be assumed that MRP is a "push" system rather than a "pull" system?

? In what situations might the push system be an economically-wise system?
? What issues about "pull" versus "push" assumptions are the author's arguments based on? Provide examples to support your response.

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