After reading the passages below…
essay of 3 to 4 pages, please answer the following questions:
have supply chain management issues often been ignored by senior management?
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)
Discuss the benefits that might be gained from working closely with 3PLs, 4PLs
and vendors in promoting supply chain management initiatives to senior
anticipated that the paper will demonstrate critical thinking skills, clarity
of thought, and breadth of understanding in addressing the placement of
logistics in modern organizations and why senior management have often
overlooked the importance and centrality of the discipline.
Specific expectations for the work focus on demonstrating and evaluating
creative solutions and strategies for increasing senior management interest in
logistics and assessing the benefits of building alliances with 3PLs and 4PLs.
It is also expected that the work presented in the paper will reflect a
synthesis of previous course work in logistics and related courses, as well as
incorporate new materials presented in the module’s background readings.
Gail (2009 Sep.) Selling the supply chain upwards, World Trade, Troy: Vol. 22, Iss. 9,
pg. 34, 3 pgs.
Assignment: After reading the below passages.
Answer the following questions in a 3 to 4 page paper:
and differentiate the functions normally associated with 4PLs relative to
the role of 3PLs.
are the factors responsible for more and more companies relying on the
services of 4PLs?
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
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
centered on the work displaying comparative analysis skills in differentiating
the roles of traditional logistics service provider with virtual logistics
service providers. It is expected that
the paper will 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. It is
also anticipated that the work will demonstrate synthesis skills in
incorporating previous course work in assessing the changing roles and
character of the decision to outsource logistics to specialized providers.
Alan Win. (2008) The value a 4PL provider
can contribute to an organization, International Journal of
Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. Bradford: 2008.
Vol. 38, Iss. 9; pg. 674
Assignment: After reading
the below passages…
In an essay of three or four pages, please answer the following
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
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
4. Describe the role a 3PL could play in implementing an effective
The expectations for the assignment are based on the work displaying 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. It is anticipated
that the work will display a critical assessment of the benefits and
limitations of the two phases of a double Analytic Hierarchical Process
approach to benchmarking. Critical thinking, clarity of logic, and synthesis of
the current course materials with previous courses are expected in assessing
the relationship of the AHP approach to a continuous process improvement
Chan, H.K. Chan, Henry C.W. Lau, Ralph W.L. (2006), An AHP approach in
benchmarking logistics performance of the postal industry, Benchmarking,
Bradford 2006, Vol. 13, Iss. 6, pg 636
After reading the two articles, and the other articles in the assigned
readings, in an essay of 3 to 4 pages, please answer the following questions:
Q1. Is a security oriented culture applied to the supply chain just good
Q2. What are the benefits of viewing security issues beyond the
Q3. Why is RFID technology viewed by many to be an important tool
in securing a supply chain?
Q4. Which of the 10 security competencies discussed in the Closs,
Speier, Whipple and Voss article are likely to be the most challenging to
Expectations for the assignment are concerned with the work displaying a
contextual understanding of the security implications of logistics management
under the threat of domestic and global terrorism. It is anticipated that the
work will 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, it is also expected that
the work will 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
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 pgs.
Read the article below and answer the following questions in a 3-4
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
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.
The expectations for the assignment are focused on the work
demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the elements involved in developing
comprehensive logistics planning and its implications for achieving
environmental and “bottom line” objectives. It is expected that the
work will display clarity of logic and depth in describing how logistics
planning can be aligned with economic and environmental objectives. An
added expectation is that the work will 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.
In 2006, Subway decided
to put a stake in the ground and become the greenest quick-serve restaurant in
the world by taking waste and inefficiency out of the system in four areas:
energy efficiency, resource conservation, waste reduction, and food safety.
Today, the company is well on its way to achieving this goal-and a green
logistics and transportation strategy has played a vital role.
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