CTU SCM210 full course [ all phase discussion and assignment ecept phase 5 assignment ]

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phase 1

SCM210-1501A-03 Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Task Name: Phase 1 Discussion Board 2

Deliverable Length: 400–600 words + 2 responses (100–200 words each)

Details:

Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Sunday (11:59:59pm Central).

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions with your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

Because you just came on board, the chief executive officer (CEO) has asked you to address the senior staff about the role of logistics in the future direction of the company, which the CEO has also announced to everyone as the reason you are joining the firm. You begin the meeting, going around the room and asking each staff member for his or her understanding of what logistics means, and how it can play an increasingly important role in business success.

Describe the following:

What logistics means in today’s business world

Why it is becoming increasingly important for business success

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with a reply of 100–200 words about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?

What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?

What clarification do you need regarding the posting?

What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

phase 2

Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Sunday (11:59:59pm Central).

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions with your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

In one of your initial meetings with the chief executive officer (CEO), she asked you to identify a number of the typical criteria used when making new location decisions. Complete the following:

Describe and list at least 8 specific criteria to use.
Explain the logic of why each criterion should be important.
On a relative scale of importance, assign a high, medium, or low weight to each of the 8 criteria.
Do not put all of this information into 1 paragraph; instead use 8 paragraphs, answering all 3 questions for each of the 8 criteria in a separate paragraph. A chart would also be acceptable.

Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with a reply of 100–200 words about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?
What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

phase 3

Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Sunday (11:59:59pm Central).

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions with your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

At your own current or prior place of work, or for some business that is regularly in the news, complete the following:

Identify some of the logistics activities that the business engages in.
Explain what metrics should be used to assess how effective the logistics function is that would be important to customers.
Which metrics should be used to assess how effective the logistics function is that would be important to internal stakeholders?
Why did you pick those metrics?
Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with a reply of 100–200 words about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?
What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

phase 4

Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Sunday (11:59:59pm Central).

The discussion assignment for this week includes a review of the Key Assignment Outline completed by one of your classmates, as well as a substantial response to at least one other student.

Primary Task Response: Your first task is to post your own Key Assignment Outline to the discussion area so that other students are able to review your plan. Attach your document to the main discussion post, and include any notes you feel are appropriate. The purpose of this assignment is to help improve the quality of the Key Assignment Draft you will complete next week.

Respond to Another Student: Review at least 1 other student’s Key Assignment Outline and provide meaningful feedback. Refrain from general feedback, such as simply stating “good job.” Your feedback to other students is most helpful if you not only point out weak areas but also offer suggestions for improvement. The best feedback takes a three-stage approach to identify what was done well, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

phase 5

Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Sunday (11:59:59pm Central).

Summative Discussion Board

Review and reflect on the knowledge you have gained from this course. Based on your review and reflection, write at least 3 paragraphs on the following:

What were the most compelling topics learned in this course?
How did participating in discussions help your understanding of the subject matter? Is anything still unclear that could be clarified?
What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information?
The main post should include at least 1 reference to research sources, and all sources should be cited using APA format.
Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with at least a 100-word reply about his or her Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:

What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?
What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?
For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

assignments

SCM210-1501A-03 Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Task Name: Phase 1 Individual Project

Deliverable Length: 12–15 slides; 100–200 words of speaker notes per slide

Details:

In preparation for your overall logistics White Paper Recommendation to the CEO, she has asked you to give her a “taste” of the different kinds of logistic systems and decisions that different industries use. You decide to prepare a PowerPoint presentation comparing and contrasting the logistics systems that are commonly used in the following 3 industries (include each of these in your presentation):

Describe the steps in making sure that flights take off on time for an airline. Describe the different steps that must occur for an on-time plane departure. For example, how does the airline make sure that the plane is properly fueled on a timely basis?

Describe the logistics system that overnight small package delivery companies use to ensure that timely delivery of undamaged packages occurs on a consistent basis. Discuss how packages are scheduled for pick-up and are picked up, tracked, and transported to the final destination, along with any other key activities.

Describe the logistics steps that large mass merchandiser global supply chains use to ensure timely availability of inventory for routine and sales merchandise needs. This discussion must begin with the transportation from the foreign factory to its nearby port, and continue from there until it arrives at the mass merchandiser’s regional warehouses.

assignments 2

SCM210-1501A-03 Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Task Name: Phase 2 Individual Project

Deliverable Length: 10–15 PowerPoint slides; 100–200 words of speaker notes per slide

Details:

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

The CEO, knowing that professional logistics expertise has been missing from her organization, has asked you to prepare a PowerPoint Presentation of 10–15 slides for the rest of the senior and middle management teams. In it, she has asked that you pick a mass merchandiser with international retail locations that your firm may be delivering to.

The heart of the PowerPoint should be an overview of the steps that are needed to make a good location decision, whether it is for an additional manufacturing facility in some other state or country, or a new distribution center location in another state or country.

She asked that you use this made-up data to base your presentation on. Being a stickler for formatting, she requires that you do the following:

Use a colored background for your slides

Have few words but lots of eye-catching graphics, clip art, or pictures on each slide

Have speaker notes of 100–200 words for each slide

Assume the presentation should last 30–45 minutes and should have 10–15 slides

The data to base the presentation on is as follows:

The retailer has 200 retail locations all over the United States.

Right now, all shipments come from the East Coast manufacturing plant finished goods warehouse.

Western United States sales growth rates are expected to be double that of the Eastern United States.

The retailer has a total of 50 stores located outside of the United States, mostly in Europe, where population growth is averaging 1% a year.

It has no retail locations in India, China, or Mexico, where on average, population growth is averaging 10% into the future.

Your product is a “high-cube” product, like a refrigerator or color television.

The raw materials for your manufacturing facility are also high-cube and have a lot of cardboard packaging (which takes up space) to protect the high-dollar value components that the factory buys.

Finally, the CEO reminds you that this presentation is meant to be a how-to guide for the overall decision-making process that you will be using in your future assignments.

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SCM210-1501A-03 Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Task Name: Phase 3 Individual Project

Deliverable Length: Word or Excel spreadsheet: Columns A–C and rows 1–8 + references

Details:Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

The CEO expects you to be providing a number of various logistics reports and recommendations to her. She has asked you to prepare a chart on 1–2 pages of frequently used logistics techniques. To demonstrate your understanding of the breadth and depth of the logistics function, research the following terms, and for each of the 8 terms, complete the following:

• Provide a definition, in your own terms, of frequently used logistics techniques.

• Give an example of a real company or industry that uses this logistics technique.

• What would the pros and cons be of using each technique listed below?

1. Distribution center

2. Public warehouse

3. Third-party logistics

4. Common carrier

5. Dedicated private fleet

6. Backhauls

7. Deadheading

8. Freight equalization

Provide citations and references to support your information.

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SCM210-1501A-03 Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management

Task Name: Phase 4 Individual Project

Deliverable Length: 1,200 words

Details:

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Key Assignment Draft

The rough draft must be a completed paper, with APA formatting, all 7 sections complete (using Roman numerals of each section per the outline), references, and good grammar.

You were recently hired as the VP of Logistics for the ABC Manufacturing Company. This is a new position. During the lengthy interview process, the CEO shared her strategic plans for worldwide growth in the company’s consumer sales. Previously, sales had been confined to domestic sales only. As a result of little staff logistics expertise, the company had kept the traditional logistics model of shipping all finished products from its warehouse and factory location on the East Coast of the United States, even though there was a growing market on the West Coast that competition was serving from a West Coast warehouse. However, the CEO pointed out that despite its national popularity from a feature and quality perspective, it seemed to penetrate poorly on the West Coast because of her need to charge higher prices as the result of higher shipping costs.

The marketing manager tried to mitigate this competitive disadvantage by freight equalization so that end customers would pay the same amount of shipping costs as West Coast competition charged, regardless of where they were located. This met with some insignificant success because timeliness of delivery was another important issue. Therefore, the CEO had asked you, as your first assignment, to write a white paper to address the following specific points. She remembered that you had quite a bit of experience addressing some or all of these issues during your career. As a stickler for formatting, she has specifically asked you to use the following Roman numeral sections and headings in the paper:

Section I: Introduction (200 words)

In general, what are the qualitative pros and cons for domestic sales of having multiple distribution centers and shipping locations in the United States?

In general, what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S. manufacturing location warehouse?

Section II: Decision-Making Criteria (300 words)

The CEO is considering three options with the same total construction and operating costs: expanding the warehouse next to the East Coast manufacturing plant; building a West Coast distribution center; or building a combination manufacturing and warehouse location on the West Coast. As a completely separate issue, she is also considering opening a distribution center overseas, to serve the fast-growing warm weather markets of France and Spain.

Given the following general information, what are at least 5 criteria that must be considered when locating a new or expanded shipping warehouse domestically? Internationally?

The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. Transportation firms charge by space, or cubic feet, rather than weight, which is the more normal method.

The coolers are made of 3 components, which are all produced by suppliers solely on the East Coast; the raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the East Coast suppliers currently represents 20% of total raw material costs.

The market is very competitive with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices.

In states and countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in countries and states that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.

Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually.

Right now, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 for anything up to half a truckload.

The current exchange rate is 1 euro = $1.50.

Section III: Metrics to Assess Success (250 words)

Describe 3 metrics that you would use to assess the success of any logistics plan involving you as a manufacturer and an internationally based mass merchandiser. Provide support for your selections.

Section IV: nonquantitative Factors (200 words)

Identify 3 subjective, qualitative factors to consider in the recommendation.

Section V: Conclusion (200 words)

What are the 3 most important points that you want the CEO to understand about this entire decision-making process?

Please submit your assignment.

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