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Embry LGMT682 module 1.3 Discussion

1.3 - Discussion: Module 1

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Is logistics part of supply chain management? Or is supply chain management part of logistics management? Defend your answer.

Access the GE Aviation website (Links to an external site.). Discuss some of the benefits of integrated logistics management noted by GE Aviation.

Access the Defense Acquisition University website (Links to an external site.). Describe your findings about how the Department of Defense defines integrated logistics management (i.e., the integrated management of a number of logistics support elements).

Research another reference to integrated logistics management and share your findings with the class.

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Embry LGMT682 module 2.2 Discussion

2.2 - Discussion: Module 2

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Group 1:

Some unique technologies have evolved from needs within the logistics community. Two of these, RFID and simulation, have impacted not just processes within logistics, but also how business is conducted in general. Select one of the above technologies and describe how it has changed the management of logistics in a firm with a specific example to illustrate your point.

As indicated in the previous question, RFID is having a major impact on the management of logistics. What are some of the issues or challenges associated with the implementation of RFID?

As you search the internet for logistics applications you may run into CRM, SCM, or ERP solutions. What do these acronyms mean and what is their relationship to logistics management?

The text presents many examples of how the internet has streamlined the distribution process. From an integrated logistics point of view, what are some of the impacts you might expect on other functional areas such as Procurement, HR, Marketing, Finance, Manufacturing, IT, Legal, etc. Select one of these areas and address how a new web-enabled distribution process might affect that functional area. Defend your answer.

Group 2:

The text presents three demand forecasting models. The concept of collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment (CPFR) is also briefly presented. Discuss how these two concepts form just one aspect of a true integrated logistics process. What are some of the issues that may become apparent when implementing CPFR?

We have addressed the critical role of information technology in managing logistics. Go to the website for Oracle, SAP, IBM, or another software firm and briefly describe what you find about their demand management or order management products in terms of their capabilities to track supply and demand, as well as proposed benefits.

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Embry LGMT682 module 3.2 Discussion

3.2 - Discussion: Module 3

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How do the packaging concepts presented in this module impact the unique requirements associated with air cargo? Research the website for Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, or another air cargo carrier and report your findings about their air cargo packaging requirements and/or services. Defend your answer.

In the last several years, air cargo facilities have benefited from the revolutions in standard warehouse design. Examples include the air cargo facilities of express shippers and the new Hong Kong International airport facility. How can RFID-enabled Unit Load devices benefit air cargo and air passenger baggage service? Support your answer with specific examples from your findings.

Describe the relationship between packaging, the environment, corporate social responsibility, and logistics. Provide one or more examples to support your position.

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Embry LGMT682 module 4.2 Discussion

4.2 - Discussion: Module 4

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One of the greatest changes in the transportation industry has been the steady growth in the use of containers. Based on the role of logistics in the world's economy, do you expect that growth to continue? Explain why or why not, and provide examples. Cite one or more references to back up your position.

Look up the freight forwarding capabilities of a large parcel carrier (UPS, Fed Ex, DHL, or another) and describe the scope of services offered, geographic coverage, and their freight forwarding capabilities.

Do you think the role of a transportation manager in a collaborative supply chain has changed significantly due to the introduction of new technology as discussed in the readings and presentations? Explain why. Cite one or more examples to illustrate your point.

If you were building a performance scorecard for your transportation function, what metrics would you include to help you track and manage performance? Justify your choice and provide examples.

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Embry LGMT682 module 5.2 Discussion

5.2 - Discussion: Module 5

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Using the internet or other resources, describe at least one example of a major firm located in a new city or state and describe the facility location benefits supported by the firm or local government officials.

How can the internet be used to assist in the site selection process to locate a facility? Give at least one example to illustrate your point.

Free trade zones are frequently located around major airports or seaports. Discuss how locating a free trade zone at a secondary international airport (meaning predominantly cargo and not passenger) can be beneficial to a community and contribute to the region's supply chain capabilities. Use an airport such as the one located in Louisville, Kentucky as an example.

There are a variety of software applications that can be used to assist in the site selection process. Using the internet, identify and briefly describe at least one example of a software application that can be used by logistics managers to facilitate location decision making such as the use of Geographic Information Systems, network optimization modeling, transportation modeling, etc.

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Embry LGMT682 module 6.2 Discussion

6.2 - Discussion: Module 6

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Group 1:

What is cross-docking and why is it an important concept for many corporations? Support your answer with examples.

Using the internet, look up and briefly describe the capabilities and proposed benefits of at least one warehouse management software application (or warehouse management solution). Support your answer with examples.

Select one or more technologies related to warehouse management (RFID, voice recognition, bar coding, scanners, robotics, etc.) and describe the potential impact of that technology on the design and management of a warehouse or distribution center. Support your answer with examples.

Group 2:

Using the internet, look up and describe the capabilities and proposed benefits of at least one inventory management software application (or inventory management solution). Support your answer with examples.

Many business analysts use inventory turnover as one of several major metrics to assess the financial health and future success of a corporation. How can inventory turnover ratios offer insight into the health of a company's operations? Support your answer with examples.

If you were the decision maker, would you choose to let another firm manage your inventory (i.e., Vendor Managed Inventory). Why or why not? Support your discussion with some recent industry examples.

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Embry LGMT682 module 7.2 Discussion

7.2 - Discussion: Module 7

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Many firms consider procurement to be a more strategic function than in the past. Discuss why. Support your answer with examples.

We constantly hear and read in the news about the issue of corporate social responsibility, safety, and procurement. Do you expect the trend toward socially responsible procurement to continue? Explain why or why not. Provide one or more examples to support your position.

Using the internet, look up one export management company. What services and proposed benefits do they offer in terms of international logistics? Provide one or more examples to support your position.

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Embry LGMT682 module 8.2 Discussion

8.2 - Discussion: Module 8

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Having control over your logistics and supply chain operations is a major issue for large corporations, but at the same time, many firms are outsourcing services that are not considered to be part of their core competencies. Discuss how firms are dealing with the risk of losing control while obtaining the benefits of outsourcing. Provide one or more examples to support your position.

Control is a major issue in Performance Based Logistics (PBL) management. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with PBL and what is being done to limit the downside risk of allowing one or more additional parties to manage a firm's (or the government's) logistics operations? Provide one or more examples to support your position.

As the head of logistics and supply chain management for your firm, what are some of the major steps you would take to insure that your international supply chains are secure? Provide one or more examples to support your position.

Discuss how can an audit of a firm's logistics operations indicate where to improve performance. Describe what is benchmarking and how can it help improve overall performance in an organization. Provide one or more examples to support your position.

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Embry LGMT682 Module 1.4 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

After completing the module readings, submit your responses to the questions below..

Chapter 1:

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), defines logistics as “that part of Supply Chain Management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements.” Your management team has requested a short bio from you to put into a sales proposal. Write a short bio on yourself (or a fictitious logistician) that touches upon at least three of the underline concepts listed above. Suggestion: Use a lot of verbs and adjectives.

Channel members work together in several different channel arrangements such as (1) ownership channel, (2) negotiation channel, (3) financing channel, (4) promotions channel, and (5) logistics channel. Select two and discuss how IT technology (such as the internet, iPhones, iPads, etc.) will likely influence the channel member within the next 3-5 years. Discuss the pros and cons.

Chapter 5:

Chapter 5 discusses six barriers to supply chain management implementation of which two described are incompatible corporate cultures and globalization challenges. Discuss how these two potential barriers are related and how advances in technology (i.e. the internet) may play an important role in both creating or eliminating SCM barriers. Include examples in your discussion.

Discuss how only the slightest variations in a supply chain process up front can greatly multiply to extremely large variations later downstream (i.e. the “Bullwhip effect”). Discuss how over reaction and panic by supply change managers can lead to this phenomenon and identify methods used today to reduce this risk.

Embry LGMT682 Module 2.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

After completing the module readings, submit your responses to the questions below.

Chapter 2:

General types of information management systems include: (1) Office Automation System, (2) Communication System, (3) Transaction Processing System (TPS), (4) Management Information System (MIS) and Executive Information System (EIS), (5) Decision Support System (DDS) and (6) Enterprise System. As the CEO of a large manufacturing company, you wish to involve all six techniques. However, you only have funding to develop two. Which two would you choose to fund and discuss your rationale for your selection.

Discuss how cloud computing is likely to influence the field of logistics and supply chain management over the next 3-5 years. Discuss both positive and negative attributes.

Chapter 7:

Some compare demand forecasting to more of an art than a science. What is meant by this? If so, how does a supply chain manager become a supply chain “artist”?

Chapter 7 discusses how important customers are to organizations. A corporate executive once stated “Your Company’s brand is owned not by you but by your customer – if you do not understand this, your company will be lost”. Describe how brand recognition can be used as an effective communication tool between a company such as such as FedEx or DHL and its customers.

Embry LGMT682 Module 3.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

After completing the module readings, submit your responses to the questions below.

Chapter 11:

The textbook defines sustainable products as “products that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. Sustainability is becoming increasing more important and driving retail companies to implement cleaver ways to (1) reduce packaging waste and (2) lightening packaging weight. Some companies are designing packaging that are close-looped in that the packing material can be used for reverse logistics shipments (i.e. toner cartridges). Select, research a company and report on what they are doing to achieve sustainable packaging. Write a brief abstract (1/2 page) on your findings.

2. Special shipping container called casks are typically used for transporting radiological waste and spent nuclear fuel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_flask (Links to an external site.)) typically by railcar. Discuss some of the risks associated transporting these materials by rail. What design attributes do you think may be important in the design of these casks. What process controls are important? i.e. lifting and handling. Write a brief abstract (1/2 page) on your findings.

Embry LGMT682 Module 3.4 & 7.4 Research Paper OutlineAssignment

Research Paper Guidelines

Guidelines for the Research Paper

Each student must prepare a formal 10 page paper on a topic of your choice related to global logistics or supply chain management. Your instructor mus approve your specific topic in advance. Your paper, which is worth 100 points and 20% of your grade, will be evaluated based on 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

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.

For grading information, review the Research Paper Rubric in Module 7, Activity 7.4.

Submission due dates by module are listed below. Failure to meet submission dates will result in points being deducted unless coordinated in advance with your instructor!

Module 2 - Topic submission for approval

Module 3 - Outline submitted for approval

Module 6 - Draft version should be complete (not submitted)

Module 7 - Submit final research paper (worth 20% of grade)

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!

Embry LGMT682 Module 4.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

After completing the module readings, submit your responses to the questions below.

Chapter 12:

In 1956, Malcolm McLean invented the ISO shipping container that is widely in use today. Describe how “the box” impacted the different modes of transportation (such rail, motor, and water)? Where do you see container technology in (say) 50 years? Is there a possibility of another technology that could disrupt container technology and deem it obsolete?

With air, rail, motor, water and pipe being the five recognized modes of transportation today, some are arguing that additive manufacturing (3D printing) may someday become the sixth mode of transportation. Research additive manufacturing and discuss how this new technology may someday change the face of transportation with respect of air, rail, motor, water and pipe.

Chapter 13:

The bill of lading is the single most important transportation documentation. Yet there are two types: straight bill of lading, order bill of lading and three form type: long form bill of lading, short form bill of lading and pre-printed form bill of lading. Briefly explain the purpose of each and how and when each should be used.

Use the FedEX Less-Than-Truckload Freight Classification Tool (Links to an external site.) and FedEx commodity type: printer materials, etc. and estimate the LTL Freight classification of the following:

Embry LGMT682 Module 5.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

After completing the module readings, submit your responses to the questions below.

Chapter 9:

1. 1. You are responsible for locating a new warehouse that services five stores (1 through 5). Use the Weighted Center-of-Gravity technique to calculate the weighted average location of the new warehouse based of the five stores locations and monthly volumes.

Store

North Location (miles)

East Location (miles)

Monthly Volume (tons)

1

23

55

50

2

15

37

120

3

8

10

10

4

1

2

40

5

(5)

(10)

60

2. 2. The textbook (pages 155-163) lists several general factors influencing facility location such as natural resources, market for goods, labor, tax and incentives, …to name a few. Using the internet and in the context of these general factors, research a manufacturer in the news who recently opened a new facility and discuss the factors that seemed to influenced the manufacturer’s decision for the facility’s location

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Embry LGMT682 Module 6.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

Chapter 8:

An automotive parts suppliers manages a warehouse that specializes in disc brakes. The manager is interested in calculating the optimum order quantity (EOC) of a specific skew. She knows the following information: the annual usage is $3,225; the administrative costs per order is $140 and the carrying cost of the inventory is 0.2.

a. What is the optimum order quantity (EOQ)? Show all steps.

b. A year later, the administrative costs increased to $150 per order and the annual usage increased to $4,000. However, the company was locked into the EOQ. To what value should the carrying costs of the inventory be revised?

2. “Muda” is the Japanese word meaning “waste”. The goal in lean manufacturing is to identify and eliminate Muda. Describe how the Just-in-time (JIT) approach eliminates Muda and optimizes warehouse inventory. Describe at least one other approach to eliminating Muda.

Chapter 10:

Many leading retailers such as Amazon, Home Depot and Office Max are leading the way in warehousing and delivery service automation. For example, Amazon is using autonomous Kiva robots to completely redefine the picking process. Research a leading manufacturer who is implementing advanced warehousing technology and write a brief description describing the technology, the level of commitment the company has in the technology.

2. OSHA plays an important role in warehouse facility safety. Google “OSHA warehouse accidents” and select from www.osha.gov a recent warehouse accident that resulted in a fatality. Write an abstract (no more than ½ page) describing the accident, the outcome of the OSHA investigation and the OSHA citation(s). Do you agree with the OSHA findings and citation? As a warehouse manager, what changes would you make to prevent this from happening again?

Embry LGMT682 Module 7.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

After completing the module readings, submit your responses to the questions below.

Chapter 6:

Select a major logistic and supply chain company and research (via internet or other resources) how the company is prequalifying its suppliers and vendors. Based on the literature and chapter concepts, describe the unique characteristic(s) or aspect(s) about the vendor evaluation program that sets them apart from others.

Sustainable procurement is growing in popularity. What are the driving factors causing this trend? Why should our company care what happens to the environment in 200 years? Take either a supporting or non-supporting position on this statement and defend your position. Provide facts to support your argument.

Chapter 14:

Unlike domestic logistics, global logistics involve several additional factors such as political, economic and cultural factors of which the international logistician must be aware. Select a country and briefly discuss what might be the possible challenges (or benefits) shipping freight to that country with respect to these factors.

Using the internet or any other resource, select an export management company (EMC) and describe the services it provides to manufacturers. What are the advantages of using an EMC? Discuss any disadvantages as well.

Embry LGMT682 Module 8.3 Questions for Discussion and Review Assignment

Submit your responses to the questions below (taken from the textbook's questions for discussion and review).

Chapter 3:

Using the Strategic Profit Model construct a model (Hint: a good application for Excel).

a. Calculate the Net Profit Margin, Asset Turnover and Return on Assets using:

$ thousands

Sales

1,000

Cost of Goods Sold

700

Variable Expenses

60

Fixed Expenses

120

Inventory

50

Accounts Receivable

100

Other Current Assets

150

Fixed Assets

1,500

b. What is the maximum allowable Inventory level before Return of Asset equals 0.05?

2. Traditionally, a balanced scorecard (BSC) is used to evaluate a typical business from four distinct perspectives: customers, internal business processes, learning and growth, and financial results. However, the BSC model can be adapted and applied to other domains such as logistics. Select a global courier delivery services company (such as FedEx or DHL), research and describe their BSC in the context of logistics (or propose a BSC in the event you are unable to find any useful information).

Chapter 4:

Overarching managerial issues in logistics are comprised of several “ilities” such as productivity, quality, sustainability, complexity and possibility (risk). In many instances, these aspects are interrelated and correlate with one another. For example, although implementing a new reverse logistic process (sustainability) may positively influence brand recognition (quality), it may also cause interruptions to the company’s supply chain (productivity). Discuss how the five “ilities” are interrelated and correlate with one another (negatively, positively or neutrally). Use examples to help illustrate your case. Can you think of additional “ilities” not mentioned here?

Quality is associated with various organizational standards institutes such as ISO 9000, Six Sigma, and Malcolm Baldridge. Annually, these institutes recognize top quality companies and organizations for quality achievement. Using the internet or any resource, identify a recent quality award winner in logistics and supply chain management and write a brief summary (1/2 page) answering who, what (describe the award), how (what they did to win the award) and why this particular organization received the quality award.

Embry LMGT682 final exam 2016

Question 1 3 pts

An ERP system can best be described as:

A system that has been programmed to think and make decisions like a trained, skilled human.

A system which has been designed to integrate the internal operations of a firm using a common or integrated software platform.

An analytical tool that has been designed to allow decision-makers to test the feasibility of changes to a system.

A software application that has been designed to help managers deal with specific logistics functions or activities.

None of the above.

Question 2 3 pts

Order delivery's impact on customer service is typically measured using:

Order triage time.

Transit time.

Order transmittal time.

Order processing time.

None of the above.

Question 3 3 pts

The four stages of the order management cycle include all of the following except:

Transmittal.

Processing.

Picking and assembly.

Service recovery.

None of the above.

Question 4 3 pts

Which of the following best describes the role of a freight forwarder?

A freight broker.

A consolidator of freight.

A parcel freight handler.

A loading dock expediter.

None of the above.

Question 54 pts

Facilities, such as a new distribution center, are generally added to an existing network when:

Market research indicates that the center-of-gravity of the market has shifted.

New products are launched.

Customer served levels become unacceptable.

A new competitor enters the market.

None of the above.

Question 6 4 pts

Cross docking can be a powerful way to improve the efficiency of distribution centers and the overall logistics process. The benefits of cross docking include which of the following?

Less capital tied up in inventory.

Increased customer service cycle times.

Increased inventory turnover.

A reduction in warehousing and distribution costs.

All of the above.

Warehouse layout and design principles include all of the following except:

Use one story facilities where possible.

Move goods in a straight-line.

Use the most efficient materials handling equipment.

Maximize aisle space.

Use full building height.

Question 84 pts

Low inventory turnover may be an indication of which of the following conditions?

Low level inventories leading to stock outs.

Turnover ratios that indicate superior sales performance.

Low inventory costs.

A company is taking longer to sell its existing inventory.

None of the above.

Question 98 pts

It is clear that logistics plays a key role in the economic development and competitiveness of nations. Please list three examples of how logistics can improve the competitive advantage of nations.

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Question 108 pts

The text emphasizes that marketing is a key business function related to logistics. Briefly explain the relationship between marketing and logistics and give at least one example to illustrate your point.

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Question 118 pts

Using systems theory, why does one logistics system not fit all companies?

Question 128 pts

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' definition of logistics talks about "the efficient and effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information . . . " Briefly describe the difference between "effective" versus "efficient" logistics management with at least one example to illustrate your point.

Question 138 pts

What is PBL and why is this concept significant for logistics managers in both the public and private sector?

Question 148 pts

List and briefly describe two types of formal control mechanisms that can be used to manage the performance of the logistics function.

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Question 158 pts

What is the difference between a Free Trade Area and a Customs Union?

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Question 168 pts

Define the concept of performance management and discuss why this is an important topic for logistics managers.

Question 178 pts

What are the two primary reasons for pursuing a global procurement strategy?

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