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Supply Chain Management

Problems MRP can Create for Suppliers

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?

Economic Production: Limiting the Number of Units

Why would companies limit the number of units produced? Does this invariably lead to "black markets"? How do black markets shift the supply and demand curves? What other determinants of supply or demand (book calls these "shifters") might cause a change in the supply and demand curves?

Lean supply chain implementation and risks

It is possible to implement a lean supply chain while using a global supply chain however the process must be implemented in a safe manner. The key is to hedge the different risks involved. How does a company implement a supply chain given all the risks that affect a company? In addition, how does a company hedge the various

Discussion Question about China's Management

Under the given conditions of having a customer base in North America with the suppliers located in China, it is possible to implement lean supply chain management. Ideally, the only restrictions would be found with the caliber and capability of the given suppliers in China. What if you were at a new company that wanted to go

Collaboration Improving the Supply Chain

How can collaboration help health care centers to improve relationships with vendors? How can that collaboration improve the supply chain for all parties? Is there a situation in which collaboration is not necessary? Explain your answer.

The Performance Chain

Discuss the performance chain as it applies to your organization or one with which you are familiar. Identify the key components and links of the performance chain within the organization. Is the performance chain effective?

Supply and distribution A convenience store chain attempts to be responsive and provide customers what they need,when they need it,where need it.What are some different ways that a convenience store supply chain can be responsive?What are some risks in each case? (Hint: You need to know or understand the Customer service output concept/word of responsiveness first to answer this question).

A convenience store chain attempts to be responsive and provide customers what they need,when they need it,where need it.What are some different ways that a convenience store supply chain can be responsive?What are some risks in each case? (Hint: You need to know or understand the Customer service output concept/word of responsi

Your firm audits Metropolitan Power Supply (MPS).

Your firm audits Metropolitan Power Supply (MPS). The issue under consideration is the treatment of the company's financial statements of $700 million in capitalized construction costs relating to Eagle Mountain, a vertically completed nuclear power plant. Seven years ago, MPS began construction of Eagle Mountain, with an origi

Speed to Market

The agile supply chain utilizes the idea of "speed to market" in order to get the product to the end-consumer as quickly as possible as we often see happen when new technology becomes available (i.e. cell phones, flat screen TV's, etc). How might both the manufacturer and the end-consumer be harmed utilizing this concept? Docume

Supply Chain Risk

Could you please help me with this subject?: All supply chain activity involves some degree of risk. Identify six potential sources and causes of risk in global supply chains.

Logistics - Alignment Concepts

Discuss the concept of alignment in the supply chain process. When transporting a product, is the supply chain alignment different for different products such as soft drinks versus clothing? How does the alignment affect the organization's logistics strategy?

Business Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Need help with this question: For the following situations, indicate whether an area or modified-area layout of a warehouse would likely be used and why. a. A food distribution center b. A furniture warehouse c. Storage of major appliances d. Storage of a steel company's products e. A drug and sundries distributi

Operational Components Importance

Explain the operational components of planning, sourcing, making, and delivering. Describe the importance of sales, operations, and resource planning for the supply chain. Why it is critical to have an accurate sales forecast. Include examples.

Supply Chain and Purchasing Process

Explain the role of a buyer in an organization's supply chain and purchasing process. Why would a buyer need to be familiar with the supply chain of his or her organization? What are the possible ramifications of a buyer not having a complete understanding of his or her organization's supply chain?

Business Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Compare and contrast private ownership of storage space to rented storage space with reference to the following: a. Services that can be realized from each b. Cost for storage c. Degree of administrative future uncertainties d. Flexibility in meeting future uncertainties Under what general circumstances is private war

Roles and Responsibilities - Retail Supply Management

I need some help getting started with the following assignment: Describe the roles and responsibilities of people working in retail supply management. Explain how these roles and responsibilities are applied at your organization or an organization with which you are familiar.

Deming's Theory of Management

Management would like to implement one of Deming's points each year. First, which of the points do you think is most important and why? Secondly, do you believe that this methodology would be effective? Why or why not? What is the importance of managing systems and processes in achieving effective and efficient production and

Smitheford Pharmaceuticals wants to reduce its inventory costs

I attached the picture of what each rock is. Smitheford Pharmaceuticals wants to reduce its inventory costs. As a quality manager to Smitheford Pharmaceuticals, explain the meaning of lowering the water level to expose the rocks, on the diagram on this figure, as you would to your management team. How would you keep Smithe

After performing the cost benefit analysis on technology options

After performing the cost benefit analysis on technology options, the leadership of Smitheford Pharmaceuticals has asked you to determine what other factors should influence their decision. Identify these other factors and provide your insight as to their importance. Do world-class organizations always select the higher technolo

Business Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Identify several products that have extreme characteristics with regards to weight-bulk ratio, value-weight ratio, substitutability, and risk. Some suggestions are assembled bicycles, sand for glassmaking, and prescription drugs sold at retail, but you should choose different exmaples. Explain how knowledge of the product's cha