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GSCM 434 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (graded)
What is the difference between a lean and an agile supply chain? Under which circumstances is each an appropriate supply chain approach to pursue?
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GSCM 434 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2
Inventory Management (graded)
What are ordering costs, and what is the trade-off between inventory carrying costs and ordering costs?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1
Facility Location (graded)
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of locating manufacturing, assembly, or distribution facilities in countries with relatively low wages.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2
List several environmental regulations and describe their impact on transportation.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1
Order Processing (graded)
Discuss how the effectiveness and efficiency of order picking and assembly can be improved without large expenditures.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2
How do product characteristics influence packaging and materials handling considerations?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1
Discuss the factors that make supplier selection and evaluation difficult.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2
International Logistics (graded)
Discuss how a nation’s market size might impact international trade and, in turn, international logistics.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1
Logistics Systems (graded)
Discuss the relationship between automatic identification technologies and point-of-sale systems.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2
Financial Logistics (graded)
Discuss how logistics decisions affect net profit margin in an organization.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1
Customer Service (graded)
List and discuss the three elements of the dependability dimension of customer service.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2
Transportation Management (graded)
Discuss how transportation managers could be involved with other operations of the firm.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1
Managerial Issues (graded)
What are the differences between a centralized and a decentralized logistics department?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2
Warehouse Management (graded)
Discuss why contract warehousing is a preferred alternative for many organizations.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 1 Assignment
Answer the following questions from the textbook in a Word document. Your answers should be about one to two paragraphs per question. You can find a grading rubric located in Doc Sharing.
1-12. Explain what is meant by the total cost approach to logistics.
5-2. Discuss the SCOR and GSCF models of supply chain management.
5-8. Do you agree that supply chain collaboration can be classified as transactional, tactical information sharing, or strategic in nature? Why?
8-2. What makes it difficult for managers to achieve the proper balance of inventory?
8-9. What assumptions are associated with the EOQ model?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 2 Assignment
9-2. How have cost considerations influenced facility location decisions?
9-3. In what way is the location of customer markets a strategic consideration in facility location?
9-5. How does a raw material’s status as pure, weight-losing, or weight-gaining influence the facility location decision?
12-2. Why is it important to know about the characteristics of a country’s transportation infrastructure?
12-5. How do truckload operations differ from less-than-truckload operations?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 3 Assignment
7-1. What is the relationship between demand management, order management, and customer service?
7-2. Discuss the three basic demand forecasting models. 7-19. Describe some of the key issues associated with measuring customer service.
11-3. What are the three general functions of packaging? How might they come into conflict?
11-18. Of the 10 materials handling principles discussed in the chapter, which two are most surprising to you? Why?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 4 Assignment
6-5. Name and describe the steps in the supplier selection and evaluation process.
6-13. What are some of the challenges of implementing a global sourcing strategy?
6-18. Discuss some of the ethical issues that are associated with procurement.
14-9. Discuss four (out of eight) possible functions that might be performed by international freight forwarders.
14-19. What are some of the challenges associated with inventory management in cross-border trade?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 5 Assignment
2-5. What advances in telecommunications technology do you view as being most beneficial to logistics management? Why?
2-10. Discuss the importance of timely and accurate information to a logistics information system.
2-17. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing.
3-14. Do you think corporate cultures are relevant for designing a logistics measurement system? Why or why not?
3-20. Discuss some of the key considerations for a logistics manager who is designing and implementing a logistics measurement system in his or her organization.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 6 Assignment
7-10. What is pick-to-light technology and how can it improve order picking?
7-18. How do characteristics such as substitutability and product life cycle stage influence the development of customer service goals and objectives?
13-6. Discuss the four factors used in determining a product’s freight classification.
13-12. Discuss some of the basic functions performed by the bill of lading.
13-16. Explain why smaller shipments are challenging to transportation managers.
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 7 Assignment
4-4. Describe the hierarchical and matrix organizational design. 4-10. Discuss the reasons why logisticians might be concerned with theft.
10-7. How does multiclient warehousing mix attributes of public and contract warehousing?
10-9. In terms of warehousing design, give examples of trade-offs involving space, labor, and mechanization.
10-15. How can warehousing productivity be improved without significant investment in technology or equipment?
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 3 Case Study
Review Case 7.1, Handy Andy, Inc. (pp. 127–130).
Submit your analysis with recommendations to answer Questions 1 through 7 (page 129).
Grading Criteria Rubric for Case Study Report
Case Study Report—75 points
Addressing case study questions
All questions addressed
Quality and thoroughness of responses
Thoughtful discussion beyond repeating what is in the book
Correct use of citations to relevant readings
Citing material referenced from class readings
Using quotes when material is directly copied
Including page numbers
Organization of paper
Specific areas of supply chain management
Summary of conclusion
Length of paper ( 3–4 pages) including cover page
Submit to Turnitin to validate originality and include score on cover page
5% 1 day late
10% 2 days late
15% 3 days late
GSCM 434 DeVry Week 6 Case Study
Review Case 12.1, Truck Company (pp. 227–230).
Submit your analysis with recommendations to answer questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (p. 230).
GSCM 434 Week 7 Power Point Presentation
Supply Chain Logistics, Distribution, and Warehousing
Power Point Presentation—40 points
Addressing Application of Skills in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Role of supply chain in the organization
Skills needed for an effective management
Identify skills, process, tools, and techniques learned from the course
Opportunities to improve role of supply chain with recommendations
Process of implementing changes
Lessons learned as a take away to enhance professional skills
Length of Presentation
Include presentation notes
Use of PowerPoint style
Specific areas of supply chain management, if applicable
Late Deduction 5% 1 day late
unications technology do you view as being most beneficial to logistics management? Why?
Thoughtful discussion beyond repeating wha