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I am looking for a brief analysis of Wal-mart and another grocery or retailers SUPPLY CHAIN and any situations it might be facing.


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The commitment of Wal-Mart is into improvement of operations, low costs and improved customer service. However, its success can be attributed to its ability to drive costs out of its supply chain and manage it efficiently. It is in the leading edge of logistics, distribution, transportation, and technology and its business model can best be described with its advanced technology as it has the largest IT systems of any private company in the world. It has made the most significant investments in supply chain management. Its business model is based on low price strategy and low transportation costs thereby it can sell its products at the lowest possible prices.

In the early eighties, Wal-Mart has emphasized on the development and implementation of tight supply chain solutions which led them to being the top of the retail channel. Wal-Mart has been known for its legendary supply chain technology as it is able to replenish items on the self in less than three days and so amazing to know that it is from the manufacturer to the shelf and not from the central warehouse to the shelf. Wal-Mart had been able to maintain lower levels of inventory yet it can still meet customer demand. What happens is that these lower inventory levels result ...

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For this portfolio assignment, you will need to research a company of your choosing that produces and sells products of some sort. This can be either a company you work for or a corporation where you are able to interview an employee in supply management or conduct research and gain specific supply chain information. You will address each of the following topics as they relate to your company. The portfolio should be in the form of an APA formatted essay.

Make sure to use research to back up your statements within the paper. You will need to address each of the following as they relate to your company. Each question is worth equal value.

a. History and background of the organization, also including the types of products and product lines manufactured and industry in which the organization operates.
b. An overview of the organization's supply chain management efforts, including the organizational issues involved with the supply chain such as the organizational structure, the placement of supply chain management within that structure, and supply management's relationship with other departments in the organization.
c. An overview of the new product development process within the organization, including the supply management's role in that development, the process involved in how the current products are reviewed for either further production or removal from production, and how the organization manages for quality in products.
d. An analysis of how the organization purchases capital equipment and services needed. This should include how the company makes the choice as to when to purchase the equipment and services as well as the process involved in the actual procurement.
e. An analysis of how and when the organization determines whether to outsource or make a product in house, how and where the organization finds its suppliers, and whether or not the organization looks at the international arena for purchasing.
f. Explain how the organization deals with contract issues, including legal issues, resolving contract disputes, and international contracts.
g. Analyze the production and inventory control measures within the organization, including scheduling, demand systems, inventory functions and analysis.
h. Analyze the relationship between supply, demand, and logistics in terms of the organization.
i. Draw your own conclusions regarding the quality level of the organization's overall supply chain management functions and include what you see as the strengths and weaknesses in the system.

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