Designing and Managing the Supply Chain, Chapter 1 Questions Essay

1068 Words Mar 18th, 2013 5 Pages
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Week 1 Homework: Ch1 Question 1,2,6

1. Consider the supply chain for a domestic automobile. a. What are the components of the supply chain for an automobile?

The components of the supply chain for an automobile are as follows: First you have the supplying industries. These include components such as steel and other metals, rubber, electronics, plastic, glass, and textiles. These raw components are fabricated into car bodies, mechanical and electrical subcomponents as well as engines and transmissions. These subassemblies are assembled during final assembly and then distributed to dealership for the consumer market. b. What are the different firms involved in the supply chain?

The following are
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* The cost of information is more often higher than in a product supply chain. Consider the cost of a credit report or hiring a consultant.

6. Consider the supply chain for canned peaches sold by a major food-processing company. What are the sources of uncertainty in this supply chain?

Some of the sources of uncertainty are as follows:

* The first factor to consider is the peach crop and the factors that effect it… weather, disease, and disasters. * Number if migrant workers available to harvest the crop… spoilage. * Lead times from field to processing plant… spoilage. * Processing time, storage, and transportation times and costs. * Demand is not know beforehand.

CASE: Meditech Surgical

1. What are Meditech’s problems in introducing new products? In manufacturing ALL products?

Meditech has two major issues with introducing new products. * It has poor service levels for new products * The inventory levels are higher than necessary for all of its products

2. What is diving these problems, both systematically and organizationally?

There are seven major areas in which Meditech is driving these problems: * In the planning system, there are too many built-in delays and monthly buckets. This leads to inefficacies, unneeded delays, and high inventory levels. * There is no tracking of forecasting errors. * Product demand is poorly studied. * The Info