Supply Chain Standards
Assignment 1-A: For this case study find and read the article below in the ProQuest data base. Then answer the following question.
In general, how will information technology help logistics integration?
Assignment Expectations: Discuss specifically how information technology is helping Sunsweet Growers meet their logistics needs on both the supply and demand side. nclude at least three references. You should have 3-4 pages of written text plus a cover sheet and references page.
Upton, Harold, Harpal Singh. (2007, Mar.) Balanced S&OP: Sunsweet Growers’ Story,
Supply Chain Management Review. New York: Vol.11. Issues 2; pg 51
Changes in Distribution Center Location
Read the article referenced below and answer the following question:
Describe the reasons many distribution centers are relocating to second-tier interior cities.
Assess the advantages and disadvantages these interior cities have relative to access to U.S. markets and to international supply chains.
Use the same format as your Module 1 paper, citing at least three different sources of information.
The paper should be 3-4 pages.
Sowinski, Lara L. (2007, Aug) Site Selection Focuses on Second-Tier Markets. World Trade. Troy: August 2007, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pg. 40.
As import activity surges ahead with rising transportation costs close behind, shippers big and small are reevaluating theirwarehousing and distribution strategies to maintain a competitive edge. While the prime markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York continue to pack them in, a host of second-tier markets are becoming more attractive thanks to new intermodal hubs and less-congested roadways, which offer reliable access to major populations centers. According to global real estate developer ProLogis, eastern Pennsylvania has become one of the top four East Coast distribution centers. In the Midwest, Louisville, KY, which boasts a major hub for UPS as well as a new 64,000 square foot service center for DHL, is another city that is attracting attention from shippers who want affordable, first-class distribution facilities with exceptional infrastructure and proximity to key markets. Another state that has seen a turnaround in its economy, thanks to increased logistics and distribution activity, is Ohio.
Warehouse Management Systems Assignment 1-C:
Read the following two articles in ProQuest along with the others in the background materials:
Forger, Gary (2005, Apr.) “Kirkland’s New Home,” Modern Materials Handling
(Warehousing Management Edition), Boston Vol60, Iss. 4: pg 22.
Assignment Expectations: Be sure to include discussion of the following:
Contrast the differences between contemporary warehousing functions versus those of the recent past (25 years ago).
Explain the role and importance Value Added Services (VAS), Cross-Docking and other innovations play in contemporary Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).
Assess if Kirkland?s new warehousing operations exemplifies a ?state-of-the-art? warehouse.
The paper should be 3-4 pages.
Assignment 1-D: For this case study find and read the article below in the ProQuest data
base concerning transportation management systems. These software packages are starting to be used in logistics channels and their potential is just beginning to be explored. After you have read the article below answer the following question.
How will TMSs improve the efficiency of logistics?
Assignment Expectations: Iwant you to put your thinking caps on and have some fun with this assignment. Be creative. Use the same format as your module one paper, again with at least 3 different sources of information. The paper should be 3-4 pages.
Field, A. M., (2006). One platform, many uses. Journal of Commerce, New York August 21.
Freight Yard Logistics
Assignment 1-E: For this case study find and read the article below in ProQuest that looks at BNSF’s freight yard outside Chicago and then answer the following question.
What logistical advantages does BNSF have with this type of freight yard?
Assignment Expectations: You should include at least three advantages. Also consider discussion several disadvantages. Provide adequate backing and good logic. The paper should be 3-4
pages. Use the same format as your module one paper, again with at least 3 different sources of information.
Blaszak, M. W., (2003). The 21st century freight yard: BNSF’s Logistics Park near Chicago. Trains,
Milwaukee, 63(1), 18-20.