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Supply Chain and Distribution Management

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1. Discuss the relationship between service level, uncertainty, safety stock and order quantity. How can trade-offs between these elements be made? Please provide a detail response.

2. Please develop a "transportation costs" scenario for a product or product line that you have shipped into your business including: distance, volume, density, stowability, handling, liability and market factors. Align the job activities of a traffic administrator and how these activities are designed to manage the transportation costs.

3. Warehousing exists to contribute to manufacturing and distribution efficiency. This week's reading provides a foundation for understanding how value warehousing contributes in the logistics process. Discuss the business and managerial contributions listed in the previous two statements. Please build your discussion of these contributions to include all types of warehouses including distribution centers, consolidation terminals, break-bulk facilities, and cross-docks.

4. Under what conditions could it make sense to combine private and public warehouses in a logistical system?

5 Discuss the various challenges and considerations for global sourcing from this week's reading based on your experience and any other research you find (articles, etc.) online or elsewhere. (Sourcing in this case refers to materials and manufacturing.)

6. The primary drivers of logistics network design are requirements resulting from integrated procurement, manufacturing, and customer accommodation strategies. Issues involved are: total cost and service trade-offs; warehouse facilities; cost reduction; service improvement; transportation economics and spatial aspects, inventory economics. As a Chief Logistics Officer, create a design for a logistics network involving and including each of the above issues.

7. Logistics management is transforming from functional to process structure orientation. Explain in detail how, as CSO, you would continue the commitment to functional excellence that contributes to performance using the eight supply chain processes and the supply chain framework as guides in your response. Use an outside article from a Supply Chain Periodical to assist you in your explanation, and include a citation in APA format.

8. Your text discusses the supply chain context, competencies, and supportive capabilities in table 15.1. Imagine you are the CSO and must fuse together the organization based upon the context, competencies and supportive capabilities. Describe, in detail, how risk, power and leadership will be managed within this environment. Use an outside article from a Supply Chain Periodical to help you with your discussion, and include a citation in APA format.

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

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1. Discuss the relationship between service level, uncertainty, safety stock and order quantity. How can trade-offs between these elements be made? Please provide a detail response.

How well a customer is serviced (the service level) is a function of the amount of stock on hand over typical demand (safety stock) and the order quantity. For instance, if a supplier is unsure (uncertainty) how large an order a customer will place, he may need to invest in a greater amount of inventory, thus increasing his safety stock level, and incurring higher costs. To avoid this, and add certainty to the order, EDI may be used so that there is a better understanding (more communication) of the retailer's needs. In this fashion, safety stock (and the costs associated with it) can be reduced.

2. Please develop a "transportation costs" scenario for a product or product line that you have shipped into your business including: distance, volume, density, stowability, handling, liability and market factors. Align the job activities of a traffic administrator and how these activities are designed to manage the transportation costs.

Transportation costs are a combination of the distance, amount (volume), cube (density), ability to fit goods into the shipping container (stowability), handling, liability and market factors. Each of these factors impact transportation costs. Distance is important since it impacts the cost. It is comprised of labor (i.e. the driver), cost to operate equipment (maintenance) and fuel. Weight impact cost, with smaller loads consolidated to maximize shipping efficiency and economics. Density is a combination of weight and volume, and it is important to "cube" out loads for greater efficiency. Stowability is how the product fits into the transportation equipment. Consider difficult to ship items that impact the amount of product that can fit into a trailer, regardless of weight or density. Handling is important to consider, since some products may be place on pallets for easy delivery whereas others may be floor loading. There may be a need or use of special equipment (rail spur, shipping container) that impact costs. Liability includes special product characteristic (like chocolate Easter bunnies that melt in the heat) that impact shipment of product. Or expensive cargos like alcohol or cigarettes that might benefit from insurance to cover loss or damage. Market factors such as volume also impact costs. A traffic administrator must negotiate the rates of moving product by considering these factors. He or she may need to consolidating product or determine the best method to move product efficiently by planning loads based on both costs and customer need. The key items are scheduling equipment, planning loads, routing trucks, and taking care of fleet administration.

3. Warehousing exists to contribute to manufacturing and distribution efficiency. This week's reading provides a foundation for understanding how value warehousing contributes in the logistics process. Discuss the business and managerial contributions listed in the previous two statements. Please build your discussion of these contributions to include all types of warehouses including distribution centers, consolidation terminals, break-bulk facilities, and cross-docks.

Warehouses contribute to manufacturing and distribution efficiency by allowing the company to consolidate production or products from many plants into one location, so that orders can be picked and sent to customers. They also serve as a point where product can be broken into less than truckload quantities and invoiced to customers for smaller deliveries (break bulk). Bread bulk warehouses splits out individual orders from large quantities to supply local deliveries. Consolidation terminals allow product from a number of sources to be combined into a single delivery to a specific retailer or customer. This ...

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This detailed solution discusses the relationship between service level, uncertainty, safety stock and order quantity and how trade-offs between these elements can be made. It provides a "transportation costs" scenario for a product or product line that could be shipped into a business including: distance, volume, density, storability, handling, liability and market factors. It aligns the job activities of a traffic administrator and explains how these activities are designed to manage the transportation costs.It discusses the business and managerial contributions due to warehousing, distribution efficiency. It includes contributions to include all types of warehouses including distribution centers, consolidation terminals, break-bulk facilities, and cross-docks. It explains under what conditions it could make sense to combine private and public warehouses in a logistical system. It discusses the various challenges and considerations for global sourcing. It creates a design for a logistics network involving and including integrated procurement, manufacturing, and customer accommodation strategies. Issues involved are: total cost and service trade-offs; warehouse facilities; cost reduction; service improvement; transportation economics and spatial aspects, inventory economics. It explains how, as CSO, you would continue the commitment to functional excellence that contributes to performance using the eight supply chain processes and the supply chain framework as guides. It also imagines what a CSO must fuse together the organization based upon the context, competencies and supportive capabilities, and describes, in detail, how risk, power and leadership will be managed within this environment. It uses outside examples and APA formatted references.

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

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