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Supply Chain Design and Optimization

Zara's supply chain system enables the company to supply a new garment to over 600 stores worldwide in a mere fifteen days from approval of the design. For this assignment, review the case of "Rapid-Fire Fulfillment" by Ferdows, Lewis, and Machuca. In 2 to 3 double-spaced pages, analyze and address the following issues. For distinguished-level credit on this assignment, use one or more of the resources suggested in the 2015 Baker Library article, "Case Flash Forward: Zara: Fast Fashion (2006)," to provide information in your responses.

  • What are the advantages to manufacturing and distributing products in small batches rather than pushing factories to maximize outputs?
  • Unlike so many of its peers, who rush to outsource, Zara keeps almost half of its production in-house. How does Zara do this?
  • Zara's supply chain system suits its purposes brilliantly, in part because the company's market situation is unusual. Identify a few other companies that could, or already do, thrive on a similar rapid-fire system, and defend this decision.
  • After describing a few companies that might thrive, choose a few to whom you would not recommend a rapid-fire supply chain, and explain why.

Refer to the Supply Chain Design and Optimization scoring guide to ensure you meet all of the evaluation criteria.

Submit your Supply Chain Design and Optimization analysis in the assignment area.

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Unhappy Suppliers

You are the supply-chain manager for a coal-fired energy company. The bottleneck in your process is the delivery of coal from your rail carrier, which occurs only once per day, arrives at unpredictable times, and requires specialized equipment to unload. Sometimes your order of coal, as delivered by the rail carrier, is returned to the coal suppliers due to mechanical failures in your equipment or in situations when your staff has not been ready to receive it. Although these issues are considered "normal" and are somewhat unavoidable, it seems that too many orders have been returned to your suppliers recently. You are hearing complaints from them.

DECISION POINT

You are confident that you have some time to resolve the issue; the coal suppliers have not indicated any plans to limit or terminate their relationship with your company. What is your first step?

You decide to visit company records and investigate all instances when coal deliveries were turned away. You want to know why this has been happening.

You decide to contact your main supplier to get more information about the complaints they have voiced.

You decide that the best option at this point is to make a recommendation to the supervisors of the employees receiving the coal shipments (Receiving). You request modifications in scheduling that will allow the staff to be prepared for shipments at uncertain arrival times.

Supply Chain Design and Optimization Scoring Guide

Due Date: End of Unit 2. 
Percentage of Course Grade: 14%.

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CRITERIA

NON-PERFORMANCE

BASIC

PROFICIENT

DISTINGUISHED

Evaluate the advantages of manufacturing and distributing products below capacity rather than operating at full capacity.
22%

Does not describe the advantages of manufacturing and distributing products below capacity rather than operating at full capacity.

Describes the advantages of manufacturing and distributing products below capacity rather than operating at full capacity.

Evaluates the advantages of manufacturing and distributing products below capacity rather than operating at full capacity.

Evaluates the advantages of manufacturing and distributing products below capacity rather than operating at full capacity, and offers updated information on the situation according to reputable sources.

Analyze how a retail manufacturer could keep almost half of its production in-house.
23%

Does not describe how a retail manufacturer could keep almost half of its production in-house.

Describes how a retail manufacturer could keep almost half of its production in-house.

Analyzes how a retail manufacturer could keep almost half of its production in-house.

Analyzes how a retail manufacturer could keep almost half of its production in-house, and offers updated information on the situation according to reputable sources.

Identify companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain, and defend these choices using support from professionally respected sources.
22%

Does not identify any companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain.

Chooses companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain, but selections either seem ill-advised or insufficiently supported.

Identifies companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain, and defends these choices using support from professionally respected sources.

Identifies companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain, and offers updated information on the situation according to reputable sources.

Identify companies that would do poorly if using a rapid-fire supply chain, and defend these choices using support from professionally respected sources.
23%

Does not identify any companies that would do poorly if using a rapid-fire supply chain.

Chooses companies that would do poorly using a rapid-fire supply chain, but selections either seem ill-advised or insufficiently supported.

Identifies companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain, and defends these choices using support from professionally respected sources.

Identifies companies that could thrive using a rapid-fire supply chain, defends these choices, and offers updated information on the situation according to reputable sources.

Write clearly, with a sound structure that is generally free of spelling, grammatical, and syntax errors. Adhere to current APA style and formatting guidelines for references and citations.
10%

Does not write clearly with a sound structure, and writing has several spelling, grammatical, and syntax errors. Does not adhere to current APA style and formatting guidelines for references and citations.

Writes in an unclear manner that has errors that detract from the message; exhibits poor structure; and has many spelling, grammatical, and syntax errors. Irregularly adheres to current APA style and formatting guidelines.

Writes clearly, with a sound structure, and writing is generally free of spelling, grammatical, and syntax errors. Adheres to current APA style and formatting guidelines for references and citations.

Writes in an exceptionally clear manner, with superior structure and without spelling, grammatical, or syntax errors. Adheres to current APA style and format and uses a scholarly tone.

 

 

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