nalyze and Evaluate Supply Chain: Sugar

Analyze and Evaluate Supply Chain: Sugar

Outline of Requirements for Paper

1. Identify potential uncertainties that may be relevant for this supply chain. Explain how this supply chain may address these uncertainties.

o For example: quality, lead-time, delays, forecast error, demand variation, pricing, technology, market risk, economic or political issues, sourcing, cash flow, and many other decisions.

o Based upon what you have learned, propose how this supply chain might address or buffer from these uncertainties (be specific). This may include applying concepts from inventory management, forecasting, customer and supplier relations management, logistics strategies, quality certifications, personnel skills, costs, information technology, etc.

2. Find financial and/or operating data on a company that is part of this supply chain and prepare a forecast (using any method) of a key parameter. Describe how this forecast may be used to better manage this supply chain. Examine the significance of customer demand and supply planning

3. Identify Aggregate planning information and explain potential use in supply chain. Analyze methods to plan and manage inventory.

4. Evaluate one of the geographic locations that this supply chain operates in (i.e. How does this location fit this supply chain decision? Identify the pros and cons for that phase of the supply chain as to how that location supports (or inhibits) this network decision. Assess transportation network and sourcing decisions.

5. Identify performance metrics used in this supply chain from company and industry research conducted on this supply chain (i.e. How does this support (or not) the customer needs.

o This may include lead-time involved with each phase, distance between phases, quantities and/or lot sizes provided, quality or delivery targets, price, costs, profit, flexibility, or other metrics identified in your research pertinent to defining the performance of this supply chain.

6. Evaluate the supply chain for opportunities to improve performance. Be specific identifying how various aspects or decisions made in supply chain management can be used to support these improvement opportunities. Think about what you might recommend to leaders or managers in your selected supply chain. Evaluate pricing, revenue management, and information technology in the supply chain.

o For example, strategy, planning, location, inventory, transportation, warehousing, sourcing, e-business, personnel, flexibility, promotion, replenishment, orders, costs, availability, customer/supplier relations, network design, demand management, pricing, forecasting, information technology, etc.

7. Estimate how these improvement opportunities you identified (Step 6) may affect the performance of this supply chain (Step 5).

8. Must include minimum of six peer reviewed sources. Cited in APA format.

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