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1.3 Discussion Questions

Post your answer to only one of the topics below. Begin your
post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

Of the three macroprocesses in a firm, one process is the
most important. Comment on the previous statement or comment if you think
otherwise.

Read the purpose of the Supply Chain Operations Reference
(SCOR) Model and about its major processes. Read about the Council of Supply
Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) Supply Chain Management Process
Standards. Comment on the need of the above standards and present an example
from industry which has benefitted from the standards and how.

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

 

2.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the topics below. Begin your
post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

What is the purpose of benchmarking and how can benchmarking
be used to improve supply chain performance? Give at least one industry example
to illustrate your point.

The text states that the intercompany scope of strategic fit
is essential today because the competitive playing field has shifted from
company versus company to supply chain versus supply chain. Briefly describe at
least one industry example to illustrate this important point.

The text states that a company’s partners may determine the
company’s success. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

 

3.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the topics below. Begin your
post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

Briefly describe one example of a firm that appears to have
done a good job in balancing their e-business distribution network with their
“brick and mortar” distribution store network. Use at least four criteria from
the e-business scorecard in the text to justify your response.

Why is it important to ensure that incentives are aligned in
a supply chain? (Hint: see summary at end of the presentation for Chapter 4)

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

 

4.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to one of the questions below. Begin your
post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

As noted in the text, supply chain network design decisions
are not easy to change in the short term. Why? Give at least one example to
illustrate your point.

Briefly describe the implications of poor forecasting on a
supply chain. In other words, what are some of the bad things that can happen
as a result of inaccurate demand forecasts?

Respond to at least two of your classmates, at least one
response to a different topic than your original primary post.

 

 

5.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the topics below. Begin your
post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

Why is collaboration important in supply chain planning?
Give at least one industry example where an organization has been practicing
CPFR along with the benefits gained and challenges faced.

Briefly describe how a major retailer is using one or more
of the strategies addressed in the text to promote and/or discount selected
products to improve their profits. What are the implications of this strategy
on their supply chain?

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

 

6.4 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the following topics. Begin
your post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

Select and briefly describe one managerial lever (or
strategy) for reducing lot size and cycle inventory in the supply chain,
without increasing costs.

Discuss bull whip effect and how a retailer can hurt supply
chain profits by making lot-sizing decisions to minimize its own costs.

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

 

7.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the following questions.
Begin your post with the question you are answering and then make your
response.

 

Briefly describe at least one example of how a public or
private enterprise can use the postponement of product differentiation to
increase profits.

Select a company or industry and describe what metrics you
would use to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of your transportation
strategy? Briefly explain your choice of metrics.

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

8.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the questions below. Begin
your post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

Based on your own experience or research, briefly describe
at least one example of a public or private enterprise that has outsourced the
management of one or more of its supply chain related activities. Include in
your answer the name of the firm, the name of the third party, and a brief
statement regarding the benefits claimed. In your opinion, what are the
downside risks?

Based on your own experience or research, briefly describe
at least one example of a public or private enterprise that has offshored the
management of one or more of its supply chain related activities. Include in
your answer the name of the firm, the name of the third party, and a brief
statement regarding the benefits claimed. In your opinion, what are the
downside risks?

Supply chain-related electronic auctions have been
increasing in sophistication and popularity over the years. Using the Internet,
briefly describe at least one firm that offers electronic supply chain-related
auctions and summarize the services they offer. Also, please share their
Internet address with your classmates.

Please describe at least one example of a firm that is using
dynamic pricing to increase revenue. Be as specific as possible.

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

9.2 Discussion Questions

 

Post your answer to only one of the questions below. Begin
your post with the question you are answering and then make your response.

 

Discuss some of the differences between take back
legislations in US compared to other countries.

Describe some of the challenges in the integration of
forward and reverse supply chains.

Reply to at least two of your classmates on different topics
than your original post.

 

 

assignments

 

1.4

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

Chapter 1: Questions 2 and 6.

 

2.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

Chapter 2: Question 6

Chapter 3: Questions 5 and 7

3.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

 

Chapter 4: Questions 4, 5, and 6

Chapter 5: Questions 6 and 7

3.4

Chapter 5: Network Design in the Supply Chain

 

Right click and save the Sun Oil ExcelPreview the
documentView in a new windowdemo to your hard drive.

 

If the demand in Asia doubles, what happens to the total
cost and what is the best configuration of plants for Sun Oil under these
conditions? Note: Use the “Solver” capability under the ”Tools” menu (but you
need to change the demand for Asia in cell E9 from 16 to 32 prior to running
“Solver”).

 

*Note on using the “Solver” Add-In:The Solver Add-in is
an Excel add-in program that is available when you install Microsoft Office or
Excel. To use it in Excel, however, you need to load it first. Instructions for
doing so were included within the module.

 

4.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

Chapter 6 – Question 1

Chapter 7 – Question 2

4.4

Submit your answers to these additional textbook exercises:

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6:Exercise 2

Chapter 7: Exercise 2

5.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8 – Question 3

Chapter 9 – Questions 1, 2 and 4.

5.4

Chapter 8: Aggregate Planning in a Supply Chain

 

1. Right click and save the Red Tomato DemoPreview the
documentView in a new window to your hard drive.

 

Using the original data in the file, what happened to
inventory and stockouts over the six periods of the planning horizon?

 

2. Right click and save the Red Tomato Demo for Example
1Preview the documentView in a new window to your hard drive.

 

What happened to stockouts as demand fluctuation increased?
What happened to profits? What did you learn from this exercise?

 

3. Right click and save the Red Tomato Demo for Example
2Preview the documentView in a new window to your hard drive.

 

What happened to the use of subcontractors as holding costs
increased? What happened to profits? What did you learn from this exercise?

 

6.5

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11 – question 7

Chapter 12- question 1,3, and 5

6.7

Chapter 12: Managing Uncertainty in a Supply Chain: Safety
Inventory

 

1. Using the Wal-Mart Demo for Example 4Preview the
documentView in a new window, what happens to the Required Safety Stock
inventory when the Desired Customer Service level is increased to 95%? What
happens to the Required Safety Stock inventory when the Desired Customer
Service level is decreased to 80%? What about 70%? What did you learn from this
exercise?

 

Note: This is not a “Solver” problem. Just change the
service level directly in Excel from .90 to .80 and .70 to see the impact on
safety inventory.

 

2. Using the Wal-Mart DemoPreview the documentView in a new
window, what happens to the Required Safety Stock inventory when the periodic
review interval is changed to quarterly, i.e., 12 weeks versus 4 weeks? What
happens when it is changed to weekly, i.e., 1 week versus 4 weeks? What did you
learn from this exercise?

 

Note: This is not a “Solver” problem. Just change the Review
Interval directly in Excel from 4 weeks to 12 weeks to 1 week, respectively.

 

7.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

Chapter 13 – Questions 4 and 7

Chapter 14 – Questions 3 and 4

7.4

Submit your answers to the additional Homework exercises for
Chapter 13.

 

 

Chapter 13: Determining the Optimum Level of Product
Availability

 

Using the Sportmart DemoPreview the documentView in a new
window, the manager decided to conduct market research and, based on the
additional information she obtained from the research, she believes that the
standard deviation of demand can be reduced to 50 instead of 100. What is the
impact of profitability? What happens to profitability if the standard
deviation of demand increases to 150? What did you learn from this exercise?

 

8.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

 

Chapter 15 – Questions 5 and 8

Chapter 16 – Question 5

Chapter 17 – Questions 2 and 4

8.4

Submit your answers to the additional Homework exercises for
Chapters 15 and 16.

 

 

Chapter 15: Sourcing Decisions in a Supply Chain

 

1. After reviewing the last three lines of Table 15-4 in
your text, as the buy-back price for each disc increases from $0 to $6 while
the wholesale price is held constant at $7, what happens to profits for the
music store (the retailer) and the supplier (the manufacturer)? What about overall
supply chain profitability? What is the lesson to be learned from this
exercise?

 

The information presented in Table 15-4 assumes that there
are no costs associated with returning the “buy-back” products to the supplier.
As the transportation costs to return the goods being bought back increases,
what happens to the profitability of the supply chain?

 

Chapter 16: Pricing and Revenue Management in a Supply Chain

 

2. Right click and download the Pricing to Multiple Segments
dataPreview the documentView in a new window to your hard drive. What happens
to prices and profitability when the sensitivity for customers that are willing
to wait (i.e., segment 2) increases from 40p1 to 80p1? What did you learn from
this exercise?

 

Note: Use the “Solver” capability under the ”Tools” menu
(but you must set sensitivity in cell C6 to desired level before you run
“Solver”).

 

3. Right click and download the Dynamic Pricing DataPreview
the documentView in a new window to your hard drive. What happens to the
quantity purchased and profitability if the price sensitivity increases to from
1.8p3 to 1.9p3 in the third period? What did you learn from this exercise?

 

Note: Use the “Solver” capability under the ”Tools” menu
(but you must set sensitivity in cell C8 to desired level before you run
“Solver”).

 

*Note on using the “Solver” Add-In:The Solver Add-in is
an Excel add-in program that is available when you install Microsoft Office or
Excel. To use it in Excel, however, you need to load it first. You should have
completed doing so in Module 3.

 

9.3

Submit your answers to the following textbook discussion
questions:

 

 

 

Chapter 18: Questions 3 and 6.

 

research paper

 

Guidelines for your Research Paper

 

Each student must prepare a formal 10 page research report
paper on a topic of your choice related to global logistics or supply chain
management. Your instructor must approve your specific topic within the given
time frame. Your final paper is worth 100 points and contributes 20% toward
your course grade. Your paper will be evaluated according to the criteria in
the rubric linked in the submission activity.

 

Your paper should include the following:

 

 

Demonstrating quality and depth of content

Organizing the report properly

Following formatting requirements):

Times New Roman, 12 pt. Font

Double Spaced

Use of Page Numbers

Title Page

Table of Contents

Appropriate labels on figures and tables

Demonstrating correct grammar and evidence of proof-reading,
i.e., no spelling errors

Including a variety and documentation of references used;
format for references follows APA Guidelines

Below are the due dates for all parts of your research
paper:

 

Module 2: Submit topic for approval

Module 4: Outline due

Module 7: Rough Draft should be complete

Module 8: Final Research Paper Submitted (graded, worth 20%
of total grade)

Required APA Format for Research Paper

 

The format for your research paper can be found in the
current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA). Take
this opportunity to become familiar with the APA Manual (Links to an external
site.)and its format.

 

Review the grading rubric attached to the Research Paper
Submission Activity (8.5) for detailed grading criteria.

 

Upon submission, your final paper will automatically be
evaluated through Turnitin (Links to an external site.), an originality
detection tool. Your paper will be checked against a database of millions of
written works and provide feedback on originality. You may view your
originality report; however, you will not be permitted to submit your paper a
second time. Ensure your work is entirely your own and cite your sources!