What does the industry value chain tell us about a firm's competitive advantage and competitive position in the industry?
Imagine that you are the logistics manager of a firm supplying fashion clothes to the big stores. Being able to reliably assign costs to activities is a crucial management tool. However, the kind of transaction data traditionally used in logistics can present problems for activity-based costing. Questions: 1. What are the
How do hardware companies such as True Value or Wal-mart or Home Depot process their work according to Operations Management and supply chains method. For example, how these companies competing with operations, process strategy, process analysis, capacity planning, location, supply chain integration, forecasting, operation plann
Please provide an example of an assessment of the macro-processes that make up an organization's global supply chain?
In the context of the theory of constraints, John and Richard at HMC have determined that the subassembly area within its plant is the bottleneck or constraint that is affecting its ability to deliver the quantities being ordered by the customer. The subassembly area process requires 24 hours to supply the parts. Depending on th
In 1000 words, explain how the theory of constraints applies to a supply chain as opposed to a manufacturing facility. Include: - The four key drivers of any supply chain strategy are inventory, technology, information, and logistics. Select one of the drivers, and elaborate how the theory of constraints could be used in this a
Scenario: Five years ago, CEO John Michael took control of the Homer Manufacturing Company (HMC), an automotive parts supplier to the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). HMC was originally founded based on its injection molding capabilities, but over the last decade, it has taken on more assembly processes in suppo
Need help with an evaluation of the various organizations that are benchmarks in purchasing and supply management, and their best practices. Provide specific examples of companies who show market leadership in purchasing and supply management.
Project Management: Risk Management and how to reduce chance of risks, as a project manager. Solution supplies examples.
Risk management is a critical aspect of project management. The supply chain decisions that are made have risk involved like any other project decision. Comment on two examples of risks that can occur in the supply chain that can affect a project. What can you do as a project manager to reduce or eliminate the risks that you def
1. How would you use cost or price analysis as well as total cost of ownership in the evaluation of this supplier's proposal or bid? 2. Discuss your approach to effecting a win-win negotiation with a potential long-term supplier for a specific product or service.
Please answer the following questions: What role does supply chain management play for organizations seeking to gain the competitive advantage? Would it be advantageous for an organization to focus its efforts on improving its supply chain management?
Supply Chain Fundamentals 1.) Evaluate how supply chain management affects the process of the project management. 2.) Your current company has decided to enhance their IT department. Compare and contrast the reasons to hire new employees versus outsourcing the additional work. More Management Techniques 1.) Give your opini
Questions: 1. Define sustainability and the "triple bottom line" and how they relate to operations and supply chain management. 2. Explain why the need to focus capacity on a fairly limited set of production objectives is the key to successful production. 3. Large plants can benefit from both economies of scale and learning e
Differentiate between the principles and practices of Purchasing and Supply Management used in the public sector (e.g., Governments, DoD) and the private sector (e.g., manufacturing and retail). What are the salient differences, and how do these differences affect the establishment or maintenance of buyer-supplier relationships
Prepare a presentation for John and Michael, explaining some of the common symptoms/problems of supply chain management. In the presentation, select two (2) of the symptoms/problems and identify the possible causes of those symptoms/problems and what countermeasures might be. Create an 8-10 slide PowerPoint presentation (not
Explain what are some of the common symptoms of supply chain problems. Select two of the symptoms and identify possible causes of those symptoms and what countermeasures might be appropriate.
Scenario: John and Michael, the owners of the Stone Horse Supply Company, are very excited about the new business opportunities their company is going to face. One of the obstacles that they are concerned about is how the business is going to support the growth in customers and locations. With that in mind, John and Michael ask
1. Discuss the importance of knowledge management value chain's attributes. 2. Discuss the role of knowledge management and knowledge management programs in today's businesses. 3. Discuss the applications of computer networks.
After the last report, the owners of Stone Horse Supply Company, John and Michael, have contacted you regarding some information in which they did not understand. They explain to you over the phone that they do not understand the need to modernize the company's flow regarding its suppliers as part of a new supply chain strategy.
1. Modern Book Distribution, Inc. Case Study Evaluation. Richard Guy, CEO of Modern Book Distribution, Inc. (MBD) scanned the "Executive Summary" of the consulting report he had just received. Guy saw the report was filled with the latest buzzwords and hot concepts: Establish cross docking facilities for high-volume deliveries
After the initial report, the owners of Stone Horse Supply Company, John and Michael, have contacted you regarding some information in which they did not understand. They explain to you over the phone that they do not understand the need to modernize the company's flow regarding its suppliers as part of a new supply chain strate
In 1000 words, explain what a supply chain is and discuss the importance of a company having a supply chain strategy. Identify at least four key drivers of any supply chain strategy and discuss why each is an important ingredient to a supply chain strategy. Cite an example of a company that has used its supply chain as a competi
Over the last 30 years in the United States, the real price of a college education (i.e., after adjusting for inflation) has increased by almost 70 percent. Over the same period, an increasing number of high school graduates have sought a college education. (Nationwide college enrollments almost doubled over this period.) While
3-4 pages is required 1. Compare and differentiate the functions normally associated with 4PLs relative to the role of 3PLs. 2. What are the factors responsible for more and more companies relying on the services of 4PLs? 3. Explain why it is important to establish metrics that can help determine the "value" a 4PL can
Putting together a syllabus for my course starting in January. Cases: Produce a two-to three page analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of each case based on questions. The cases will be "typed", double spaced. Case is "Barilla Spa Case" 1. What are the reasons for the increase in variability in Barilla's supply chain? 2
1. Define and Discuss the relationship between business risk, financial risk, and beta (systematic or market risk). 2. Explain why certain shareholders would have a preference on receiving dividends and on the amount of the dividend. If you were a shareholder of Apple, what would you prefer: dividends or stock appreciation?
In a narrative format, discuss these firms from a strategic perspective. Information concerning recent changes in the firms is readily available online and should be accessed. Strategic issues should be discussed in "real time." 1. How has Wal-Mart grown from a small region chain to the largest discount retailer in the world?
I need help with these three questions. With respect to Dell Computers: 1. Explain how the organization deals with contract issues, including legal issues, resolving contract disputes, and international contracts. 2. Analyze the production and inventory control measures within the organization, including scheduling, dem
Discuss the trade-offs that a firm must consider when determining the focus and comprehensiveness on supply chain security initiatives.
Research MRP with references. What problems can MRP create for suppliers as you go upstream in the supply chain? Why? In addition, what impact will a supplier's quality and delivery problems have on a company using MRP? Why?