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Question;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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