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Module 1 - Case;LOGISTICS WITHIN THE BUSINESS ORGANIZATION;Case Assignment;Read the two articles below;Dutton, Gail (2009 Sept.) Selling the supply chain upwards, World Trade, Troy: Vol. 22, Iss. 9, pg. 34, 3 pgs.;Rudski, Robert, (2008) Supply Management Transformation: A Leader's Guide, Supply Chain Management Review, New York, Vol. 12, Iss 2, pg. 12, 1 pgs.;In an essay of 3?4 pages, answer the following questions;1. Why have supply chain management issues often been ignored by senior management?;2. Describe the strategy you would employ to sell senior management on the benefits of focusing more attention on supply chain management. (Be sure in addressing the strategy question that you incorporate examples from Abercrombie & Fitch?s experience described in Dutton?s article and the suggestions noted in Rudski?s article.);3. Discuss the benefits that might be gained from working closely with 3PLs, 4PLs, and vendors in promoting supply chain management initiatives to senior management.;Assignment Expectations;Demonstrate critical thinking skills, clarity of thought, and breadth of understanding in addressing the placement of logistics in modern organizations and the reasons senior management has often overlooked the importance and centrality of the discipline. Demonstrate and evaluate creative solutions and strategies for increasing senior management interest in logistics and assessing the benefits of building alliances with 3PLs and 4PLs. Reflect a synthesis of previous course work in logistics and related courses and incorporate new materials presented in the module?s Background readings.;Submit your assignment for grading by the end of this module.;Module 1 - SLP;LOGISTICS WITHIN THE BUSINESS ORGANIZATION;The Session Long Project (SLP) involves writing essays on contemporary logistics topics facing an organization of your choice. Pick an organization that will allow you to examine its approach to logistics throughout the course. It may be an organization that you currently work for, one that you have worked for in the past, or one that is of interest to you. Be sure when selecting the reference organization that you will have access to data to address the five module topics. You will be examining this organization for all five modules of the SLP assignments.;The Session Long Project for this Capstone course is based on two major phases (activities) for each of the five modules;Activity 1 (Assessment Phase);Describe and evaluate how your Case study organization approaches five contemporary logistics issues explored in the modules. For example, Module 1 is focused on exploring and describing the placement of logistics in the organizational structure. Module 2 gives you the opportunity to assess the feasibility of the organization?s use of third and fourth party logistics providers. Module 3 examines the role benchmarking and performance assessment play in your organization. Module 4 explores adaptations the organization is making to adjust to the volatility of geopolitical issues. Module 5 demonstrates the role planning plays in the design of a logistics system.;Activity 2 (Improvement Phase);Display your creativity and demonstrate integrative and synthesizing skills based on the current course and on previous courses taken in logistics and related areas (i.e., LOG301, LOG302, and LOG401). Assess how your Case study organization might better address the five issues described in the first phase.;Whenever possible integrate information from previous courses along with providing examples based on your own experiences to illustrate and support the points discussed in the essay.;For Module 1, after selecting a reference organization, write a 1- to 2-page essay that addresses the following;Phase 1 (Assessment Phase);Briefly describe the organization you have selected for the SLP, discuss where the unit responsible for logistics is in the organizational chart, briefly describe the duties and responsibilities of the logistics unit, and note the level of recognition senior management gives the unit.;Phase 2 (Improvement Phase);Assess how and if logistics operations could be more effectively and strategically integrated into the organizational structure (Phase 2).;SLP Assignment Expectations;Display an in-depth understanding of the unit responsible for logistics, the responsibilities of the unit, and the placement of logistics in the organizational chart of the reference organization. Assess the selection feasibility and rationale that the Case study organization will support in the two phases of the SLP exercise. Show critical thinking skills in evaluating the current placement of logistics in the reference organization and how logistics might be more effectively integrated into the organizational structure.;Module 2 - Case;LOGISTICS PROVIDERS: TRADITIONAL AND VIRTUAL;Case Assignment;Read all of the articles on the Background page.;After reading the articles, answer the following questions in a 3- to 4-page paper;1. Compare and differentiate the functions normally associated with 4PLs to those of 3PLs.;2. What are the factors responsible for more and more companies relying on the services of 4PLs?;3. Explain why it is important to establish metrics that can help determine the ?value? a 4PL can contribute to the supply chain when entering into these agreements.;4. Would you consider Unyson?s logistics solutions defined for Big Lots consistent with the role of a 4PL in adding value to a supply chain? (Explain and illustrate.);Assignment Expectations;Display comparative analysis skills in differentiating the roles of traditional logistics service providers with virtual logistics service providers. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of why virtual logistics services are important, the reason for increased specialization among third and fourth party service providers, and how these services support collaborative logistics management initiatives. Demonstrate synthesis skills in incorporating previous course work in assessing the changing roles and character of the decision to outsource logistics to specialized providers.;Submit your assignment for grading by the end of the module.;Module 2 - SLP;LOGISTICS PROVIDERS: TRADITIONAL AND VIRTUAL;The Session Long Project (SLP) requires writing an essay on a contemporary logistics topic facing your organization. As noted in the instructions for the Module 1 SLP page, the SLP consists of two activities: (1) an assessment phase that describes how the module topic applies to your Case study organization?s logistics operations, and (2) an improvement phase that asks you how the organization might better adjust logistics operations to respond to the module topic.;Whenever possible, integrate information from previous courses along with providing examples based on your own experiences to illustrate and support the points discussed in the essay.;For the module two SLP, write an essay of 1?2 pages discussing the following;Phase 1 (Assessment Phase);Describe and assess your organization's experience, if any, with 4PLs (?virtual? logistics service providers [VLSP]).;Phase 2 (Improvement Phase);Determine if your organization could more effectively use the services of 4PLs (VLSP). If your organization has no experience with 4PLs (VLSP), discuss the major advantages and disadvantages that might result from using a VLSP for the organization.;SLP Assignment Expectations;Incorporate the background materials and previous course work in assessing the reference organization?s experience, if any, with virtual logistics service providers. Demonstrate critical thinking, logic, and an in-depth knowledge of the virtual logistics service concept and how it could be introduced or more effectively utilized in the reference organization?s supply chain management effort.;Module 3 - Case;BENCHMARKING LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE;Case Assignment;Read the following articles;Chan, Felix T. S., Chan, H. K., Lau, Henry C. W., & Ip, Ralph W. L. (2006), An AHP approach in benchmarking logistics performance of the postal industry, Benchmarking, Bradford 2006, Vol. 13, Iss. 6, pg 636.;Anonymous, (2008 Dec) Time to take stock of the supply chain, Logistics Manager, London: p. 34.;Many practices can continue almost as a habit without anyone actually sitting down and thrashing out the rationale for each process or operation. DHL understands that its success and that of its clients are intrinsically linked to efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes. Sharing the value delivered through these improvements between the partners is a key enabler in driving out cost. ?Within the retail and consumer group at DHL Exel Supply Chain, we've already held almost 100 Process Improvement/DMAIC workshops this year, which have contributed to continuous improvements and identified effectiveness equating to pound 4m.?;Another tactic for cutting supply chain costs is to look at the whole value chain?physical flows, information, financial flows, systems, business structure/silos, culture, etc. ?We offer our customers these as ?Value Chain Assessments? (VCA), where a customer may have a broad question?where is the risk in my supply chain? Where are my major costs and how can I impact them? Answering these questions is often easier said than done as many in-company logistics or supply chain managers lack visibility beyond their own supply chain operations. We can fill in the gaps in the picture?especially with today?s highly complex and extended retail supply chains. With a wide range of clients, 3PLs can provide benchmarking and information on best practice drawn from a range of industries, as well as practical deliverable solutions. Our VCA methodology challenges our customers to embrace change?but it also challenges our own teams to do likewise. Success is not in the delivery of VCA report?it's in being a catalyst to deliver benefits to our customers.?;In an essay of 3?4 pages, answer the following questions;1. Explain why a two-stage benchmarking methodology that utilizes performance evaluation metrics followed by continuous improvement metrics could be a useful tool for achieving a competitive advantage.;2. Discuss why the inclusion of the second phase, related to continuous improvement, represents a step forward from traditional benchmarking approaches.;3. Evaluate the general adequacy of the major performance criteria used in the AHP article for assessing logistics applied to other types of organizations. Feel free to suggest additions or modifications in the performance criteria if you believe there are inadequacies in the current criteria.;4. Describe the role a 3PL could play in implementing an effective benchmarking approach.;Assignment Expectations;Display an in-depth understanding of the role of benchmarking, the metrics that can be used in benchmarking to assess best practices, and how the benchmarking process is integrated into the strategic management effort. Display a critical assessment of the benefits and limitations of the two phases of a double Analytic Hierarchical Process approach to benchmarking. Use critical thinking, clarity of logic, and synthesis of the current course materials with previous courses in assessing the relationship of the AHP approach to a continuous process improvement initiative.;Module 3 - SLP;BENCHMARKING LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE;The Session Long Project (SLP) requires writing an essay on a contemporary logistics topic facing your organization. As noted in the instructions for the Module 1 SLP page, the SLP consists of two activities: (1) an assessment phase that asks you to explain and assess how the module topic applies to your Case study organization's logistics operations, and (2) an improvement phase that asks you how the organization might better adjust logistics operations to respond to the module topic. Whenever possible, integrate information from previous courses along with providing examples based on your own experiences to illustrate and support the points discussed in the essay.;For the Module 3 SLP, write a 1- to 2-page essay addressing the following;Activity 1 (Assessment Phase);Describe and assess how benchmarking is used to evaluate the performance of the logistics function within your organization.;Activity 2 (Improvement Phase);Explore how your organization might enhance logistics operations by incorporating greater use of benchmarking and performance metrics.;SLP Assignment Expectations;Demonstrate an understanding of how benchmarking is used to assess logistics performance in the reference organization. Display an in-depth understanding of how benchmarking is implemented and the role played by quantitative and qualitative benchmarking measures when applied to monitoring logistics performance of the reference organization. Provide a critical analysis that assesses if the reference organization could enhance the strategic implications of logistics operations through greater use of benchmarking.;Submit your assignment for grading by the end of the modu;Module 4 - Case;THE IMPACT OF 9/11 ON GLOBAL LOGISTICS;Case Assignment;Read the following articles;Zalud, Bill, (2010 May) Every Link in the Chain, Security, Troy: Vol. 47, Iss.5, pg. 28, 3 pgs.;Closs, David, Cheri Speier, Judith Whipple, M. Douglas Voss (2008 Sep) A Framework for Protecting your Supply Chain, Logistics Management (2002) Highland Ranch: Vol.47, Iss. 9, pg. 45, 1 pg.;After reading these and the other articles in the assigned reading, in an essay of 3-4 pages, answer the following questions;1. Is a security-oriented culture applied to the supply chain just good business? Explain.;2. What are the benefits of viewing security issues beyond the individual firm?;3. Why is RFID technology viewed by many to be an important tool in securing a supply chain?;4. Which of the 10 security competencies discussed in the Closs, Speier, Whipple, and Voss article are likely to be the most challenging to implement? Why?;Assignment Expectations;Display a contextual understanding of the security implications of logistics management under the threat of domestic and global terrorism. Display in-depth knowledge of the vulnerabilities of logistics systems and creativity in assessing the security competencies that could mitigate the risks. In a broader perspective, demonstrate critical thinking, clarity of logic, and synthesis from previous course work in logistics in assessing the implications of implementing a security-oriented culture as a central element of the business equation.;Submit your assignment for grading by the end of the module.;Module 4 - SLP;THE IMPACT OF 9/11 ON GLOBAL LOGISTICS;The Session Long Project (SLP) requires writing an essay on a contemporary logistics topic facing your organization. As noted in the instructions for the Module 1 SLP Page, the SLP consists of two activities: (1) an assessment phase that asks you to explain and evaluate how the module topic applies to your Case study organization's logistics operations, and (2) an improvement phase that asks you how the organization might better adjust logistics operations to respond to the module topic. Your essay should, whenever possible, integrate information from previous courses along with providing examples based on your own experiences to illustrate and support the points discussed in the essay.;For the Module 4 SLP, write a 1- to 2-page essay addressing the following;Activity 1 (Assessment Phase);Discuss the major operational threats your organization's logistics functions face as a result of global terrorism.;Activity 2 (Improvement Phase);How might your organization better mitigate the threats of terrorism relative to its logistics operations?;Armed forces personnel who believe they may have difficulty answering these questions because of security concerns should shift the scale of inquiry to the logistics risks the nation faces and how it might better mitigate vulnerability to these risks.;SLP Assignment Expectations;Demonstrate an understanding of how domestic and global terrorism affect the logistics of the reference organization. Identify the risks of terrorism facing the organization?s logistics and offer creative solutions to mitigating the risks. Integrate the background materials, employ synthesis from previous courses, and use creative thinking in determining feasible solutions and strategies for balancing security initiatives with efficiency and effectiveness objectives.;Submit your assignment for grading by the end of the module.;Module 5 - Case;LOGISTICS PLANNING AND SYSTEM DESIGN;Case Assignment;Read the article below and answer the following questions in a 3- to 4-page paper;1. Is Subway?s effort aimed at ?greening? the supply chain compatible with ?bottom line? objectives? (Explain.);2. Describe the major logistics strategies and tactics associated with Subway?s approach for aligning logistics operations with environmental initiatives.;3. Assess the transferability of Subway?s logistics plan applied to other businesses within and outside the food sector.;Fitzgerald, Tina, Tim Brown, Elizabeth Stewart (2009 Apr) Subway?s Journey to Green, Logistics Management (2002), Highland Ranch, Vol. 48, Iss. 4, pg. 22.;Assignment Expectations;Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the elements involved in developing comprehensive logistics planning and its implications for achieving environmental and ?bottom line? objectives. Display clarity of logic and depth in describing how logistics planning can be aligned with economic and environmental objectives. Apply previous course experiences, critical thinking, and creativity in assessing the transferability and adaptability of logistics planning solutions from one organization to other related businesses and organizations.;Submit your assignment for grading by the end of the module.;Module 5 - SLP;LOGISTICS PLANNING AND SYSTEM DESIGN;The Session Long Project (SLP) requires writing an essay on a contemporary logistics topic facing your organization. As noted in the instructions for the Module 1 SLP Page, the SLP consists of two activities: (1) an assessment phase that asks you to explain and evaluate how the module topic applies to your Case study organization's logistics operations, and (2) an improvement phase that asks you how the organization might better adjust logistics operations to respond to the module topic. Your essay should, whenever possible, integrate information from the previous courses along with providing examples based on your own experiences to illustrate and support the points discussed in the essay.;For the Module 5 SLP, write an essay of 1?2 pages discussing the following;Activity 1 (Assessment Phase);Describe and assess whether your organization uses comprehensive logistics planning effectively.;Activity 2 (Improvement Phase);Explore how your reference organization might more effectively implement comprehensive logistics planning.;SLP Assignment Expectations;Assess knowledge of the stages involved in comprehensive logistics planning and the relevance of the planning process to the reference organization?s logistics management effort. Demonstrate synthesis from previous course work and creativity in evaluating and suggesting how comprehensive logistics planning could be more effectively integrated into the management of the reference organization?s supply chain.;Module 1 Discussions;Subscribe;Locked before Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM PDT;Hide Topics;What is logistics and what does someone in logistics do? Subscribe;What is logistics and what does someone in logistics do? Explain logistics involved in one service supply chain, say a restaurant. Can you identify the logistics that would have to take place in order for the product/service to be available for you?;Module 2 Discussions;Subscribe;Locked before Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM PDT;Also the delivery of e-books when you purchase online. Is it more convenient?;Hide Topics;Electronic Data? Subscribe;Is Electronic Data transfer critical to Logistics in today's business environment? Think about the digital signatures when UPS deliver products to you. Is it better?;Module 3 Discussions;Subscribe;Locked before Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM PDT;Hide Topics;Logistics Systems Performance Subscribe;What type of Methodology (i.e., Comparing Unit Productivity within the Same Organization, Relative Service, ?Best Practices?) is used for Benchmarking Logistics Systems performance within an organization with which you are familiar? Would you recommend alternative measures by which to assess such performance? If so, please briefly describe these measures.;Module 4 Discussions;Subscribe;Locked before Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM PDT;Hide Topics;Global Logistics Subscribe;Think of a product you are familiar with?the clothes you are wearing or the beverage you just drank or the book you are reading. Identify the challenges that would be involved in distributing this product on a global scale to different markets.;Module 5 Discussions;Subscribe;Locked before Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00 AM PDT;Hide Topics;Third-Party Logistics Subscribe;According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, third-party Logistics is defined as "a firm that provides multiple logistics services for use by customers. Preferably, these services are integrated, or bundled together, by the provider. Among the services 3PLs provide are transportation, warehousing, cross-docking, inventory management, packaging, and freight forwarding." Are UPS, FedEx, or DHL third-party Logistics or First-party Logistics?;Module 6;The capstone course has given you the opportunity to integrate past course work in exploring the major challenges and technological transformations associated with modern logistics. Based on this course and previous courses, speculate on what you anticipate to be the major trends in logistics over the next 10 years.

 

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