Amazon : Supply Chain Management

3034 Words Jul 25th, 2015 13 Pages
Assignment 8.5
Research Paper

Joshua Johnson
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
LGMT 683 – Supply Chain Management
July 25th, 2015

With very little doubt, Amazon has become the most feared competition amongst traditional retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart and Best buy. To support this growth, Amazon has built one of the world’s largest supply chain distribution systems spanning 148 centers around the world, totally more than 17 million square feet in North America alone (Stone, 2009). However, in the midst of the massive growth of that Amazon has experienced in the last few years, many workers of rural Amazon distribution centers in Nevada, Indiana and Pennsylvania are shockingly finding themselves without jobs as their centers of employment close, while Amazon looks to shift its supply chain strategy (Stone, 2009). In this paper we will further look at Amazon’s new strategy with ideas for distribution that no longer call for having fewer, larger warehouses which ship all over the country, to multiple more, smaller warehouses located near population centers to allow for multiple shipping and delivery programs. Lastly, this paper will look at the effect this will have on Amazon’s supply chain, as well as its effect on the world market as a whole.

History For Amazon, everything started in 1994, when an entrepreneur by the name of Jeff Bezos hoped to catch what he felt was the start of the internet business boom by staking his own claim in…

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