Case 13: Supply Chain Management at Dream Beauty Company Dream Beauty (DB) Company is a manufacturer of consumer beauty supplies and cosmetics. Based out of Money City, Nevada, the company services its customers across the U.S. Recently, a supply chain expert was elected to the board of directors. With his insight into supply chain operations, heightened attention was turned toward that area. The costs in this area have been increasing, and management became very concerned about the issue. The company annual sales reached $130,000,000 for the first time since inception. Management believed that some of the increase in supply chain costs may be attributed to additional sales, but they were confident that other factors …show more content…
The company received a total of 3,600 orders. Retail orders amounted to 1,000; convenience stores to 2,500; and mass merchants had 100 orders. Each order has a corresponding delivery that is usually completed within the 3-day fulfillment cycle. The company’s practice has been to allocate logistics-related costs to its three channels based on their relative percentage of sales volume. The orders were shipped in 2,000 packages, with retail accounting for 800 packages, convenience stores for 1,100 packages and mass merchants for 100 packages. Packaging cost is estimated to be the same regardless of size. To service these orders, the company has maintained an inventory safety stock so that it can meet the level of service that it promises its customers (the 3-day fulfillment cycle). It is estimated that the company holds an average of 90 days’ inventory for retail, 60 days’ inventory for convenience stores, and 40 days’ inventory for mass merchants. The company’s cost accountant estimated the total carrying costs of inventory to be approximately 15 percent of total average annual inventory. These costs also include the cost of capital. The company’s customer base in convenience stores includes 13 different stores located in major U.S. cities. Table 1 provides a breakdown of sales per store, as well as the number of orders, and packages for each store. Historically, DB has offered its customers a
A new truck was implemented into the schedule, to transfer Spicy Cube from the warehouse to the final destination, so the stores did not run out of inventory as often. Just the slight change in how the trucks ran made a huge impact by altering the shipping direction, the trucks were able to get the product to intended destinations somewhat faster, which was another factor in the stores stabilizing product inventory on location. Because the product was leaving the warehouse and getting to stores faster, the initial problem of product on hand and storage space was rectified and the stores showed a moderate increase in profit. Some of the actions taken were to reduce or better yet, eliminate the issue of excessive product inventory, included combining, and making the shipments larger and increase the amount of product on hand, so that stores that where low on Spicy Cube could retain a normal or slightly more of the product to reduce risk of shortage. Due to making shipments larger, I added an additional truck to assist in getting the product inventory from the warehouse to the stores.
Brothers’ is a convenience store located in Basehor, Kansas. This family owned business is conveniently located and the cross section of two major highways (K-7 and I-70). This small company expects to capture market share by becoming the low cost leader in the convenience store market by pricing competitively, providing excellent service and products. The major products offered include: newspapers, magazines, soft drinks, fruit juices, sport drinks, hot and cold snacks, limited grocery items such as canned goods, microwaveable meals, bread, auto products such as fuel additives and cleaning supplies, pet supplies, paper products and
Inventory carrying costs are based on the value of the product at the time it is held in inventory. When the product in sitting in the IDC Alliance Fort Worth Distribution Center, its value is a combination of purchase price plus any transportation costs to get it from the supplier to the DC plus in-transit carrying costs. What is the total annual inventory carrying cost (in dollars) for the safety stock and cycle stock inventory held at the Alliance Fort Worth Distribution Center if we purchase everything from Dong Hai Supply? From CousinsAg?
During the game, I realized that wide gaps in orders of every role in the supply chain such as factory, distributor and retailer create inventory management challenges. For example, distributor records 0units between week1-week 4 compared to retailer within the same period. The retailer records 3units, 5units, 2units and 2units between weeks 1- week 4. The same applies to factory with 0units from weeks 2-4. Addressing inventory management problems requires developing an average unit level to avoid disappointing customers when demand
330-10-30330-10-30-1 The primary basis of accounting for inventories is cost, which has been defined generally as the price paid or consideration given to acquire an asset. As applied to inventories, cost means in principle the sum of the applicable expenditures and charges directly or indirectly incurred in bringing an article to its existing condition and location. It is understood to mean acquisition and production cost, and its determination involves many considerations. 330-10-30330-10-30-2 Although principles for the determination of inventory costs may be easily stated, their application, particularly to such inventory items as work in process and finished goods, is difficult because of the variety of considerations in the allocation of costs and charges.
AAA Transportation is an interstate company that focuses on transporting wholesale products in refrigerated trailers around Midwest this company is located in Waukegan,WI. On the other hand, AAA Transportation has new owners that are planning to make some positive changes that can potentially raise the company's growth becoming more successful. The new owners want to add a delivery of nonperishable products, such as canned foods, to their delivery routes, allowing AAA to expand the area they cover and to provide expanded service to their existing customers. Taking in consideration that many of the routes do not require a full load, there would
This set of data belongs to the online retailer industry. The most significant categories that helped with our decision was the low inventory for a retail business and the relatively high inventory turnover. The reasoning behind the high inventory turnover was because the goods were allowed to sit in storage until sold because of the online aspect of the business. We were also able
Jacobs Industries is a company with a single factory and warehouse in Calopeia that manufactures and sells air conditioning retrofitting kits. Its only products, a light-weight foam, is an industrial chemical that can be mixed with air to create an efficient thermal acoustic insulator. Jacobs Industries produces chemicals in batches and loads the drums to be shipped by truck to the warehouse. If Jacobs Industries cannot fill the order within 24 hours of receiving the order then the business is lost.
Packaging and labeling of products are other key essential parts of the Cooper Company logistics to provide satisfaction to their customers. Accurate packaging and labeling can have a direct impact on the Cooper Company logistical productivity and efficiency (Bowersox, D. J., Closs, D. J., Cooper, M. B., & Bowersox, J. C. p.251. 2013). The company’s packaging accounts differs for each channel this entail the retail accounts 80 percent of the packaging cost and Foodservice of 20 percent (Bowersox, D. J., Closs, D. J., Cooper, M. B., & Bowersox, J. C. p.465. 2013). “The retail channel requires “labeling” to accrue the company a 2,000,000 expense includes materials, labor, and depreciation of the machine.
When offers of reduced pricing are accepted for equipment, meeting delivery expectations becomes an important part of enhancing the customer experience to maintain satisfied loyal customers. An inventory specialist in the current distribution center would be given the additional task of segregating and maintaining inventory levels to meet the needs of the customer loyalty department.
M&L Manufacturing makes various components for printers and copiers. The company supplies these items to a major manufacturer. The company also distributes these and similar items to office supply stores and computer stores as replacement parts for printers and desktop copiers. In all, the company manufactures about 20 different items to distribute. The two markets (the major manufacturer and the replacement market) require somewhat different handling. Product for the major manufacturer can be shipped in bulk. However, the products for the retail segment must be packaged individually which requires additional handling and expense. Instead of using forecasting for production planning the operations manager decides which