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    1) Discuss the core drivers of globalization as identified by Dye & Stephenson (2010), with respect to logistics. Which have the greatest effect on the logistics function? What effect do the others have? Are these effects mainly positive, negative, or a mixture of both? Explain.
    2) Discusses the concept of friction with respect to supply chain management.
    i) Compare and contrast the sources of friction experienced by a firm engaged in international logistics, with the sources experienced by a firm operating strictly within the borders of one country.

    3) Please give a brief, yet comprehensive description of DHL. Include the following information (not necessarily in this order):
    • The industry segment to which DHL belongs.
    • The overall condition (size, strength, trends) of the segment.
    • DHL's position within the segment; dominant, competitive, or bit player?
    • The services provided by DHL.
    • DHL's core technologies
    • DHL's position and reputation in the wider community
    • DHL's financial position; profitable, unprofitable, indebted, self-financing, etc.
    • DHL's trajectory; expanding, contracting, struggling, looking for a buyer, etc.
    • DHL's relevant history. Is it new, well-established, recently spun off, a recent IPO?
    4) How one phenomenon associated with globalization has most strongly affected DHL, with respect to the services they offer, and the way they do business.
    5) The biggest effect DHL, and those like it, has had on the process of globalization.

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    Drivers of Globalization Introduction to Global Logistics Managemen
    1) Discuss the core drivers of globalization as identified by Dye & Stephenson (2010), with respect to logistics. Which have the greatest effect on the logistics function? What effect do the others have? Are these effects mainly positive, negative, or a mixture of both? Explain.
    There are 4 major drivers of globalization: rapid advancements in technology, economics, politics, and culture. Of the 4, the most eminent is technology as its rapid advancement has triggered all the other drivers which resulted in globalization. Every year, the communications and transactions are rapidly increasing resulting in an integration of the cultural forces of international societies.

    The advancements in transportation technology was the major contributing factor that enabled international trading which led to the exchange of different products and sharing of ideas and cultural influences inherent of every country or society. In the 17th century, there were various explorers and merchants navigating to various parts of the world which started globalization.
    Recently, technology advancements that have been swiftly influencing and transforming the way people do their things, has furthermore hastened globalization. The computer and the Internet are the major sources of this acceleration. The telecommunications technology has made communication easier and more convenient as well as less expensive. It is now easy to relay information and to send data to other parts of the world.
    With the rapid growth of technology, people from other parts of the world can easily communicate which results in an increase in culture influences. Various types of media are accessible to children and they help mold their mindset. Commercial opportunities are now wider in scale and can even be done through the Internet. Political forces are more open as it is easier for them to reach their counterparts in other nations for trade and for facilitating cooperative development.

    2) Discusses the concept of friction with respect to supply chain management.
    i) Compare and contrast the sources of friction experienced by a firm engaged in international logistics, with the sources experienced by a firm operating strictly within the borders of one country.
    The concept of friction in logistics relate to the issues of distance how it can be quantified. The logistics and freight ...

    Solution Summary

    * 4 Core drivers of globalization
    * Concept of friction in logistics; domestic logistics vs international logistics
    * DHL description, e.g., financial, reputation, trends, services, trends, etc.
    * Globalization phenomenon that affected DHL
    * Impact of DHl on globalization
    * 1,292 words including questions
    * 12 non-APA references

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