Assignment- Kiddieland and the Super Gym

Assignment- Kiddieland and the Super GymKiddieland and the Super GymRead Case 1-1, page 18-20. In 3-5 pages, list and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of: Purchasing a two-wheeled trailer for each store to use for delivering Super Gyms Allowing local trucking companies to deliver the item from the retail stores to the customer Stocking the item at distribution centers and having a truck make deliveries from the center to the retail stores and to individual customers Charging customers for home delivery if they are unable to carry item home The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded: Write between 750 – 1,250 words (approximately 3 – 5 pages) using Microsoft Word in APA style, see example below. Use font size 12 and 1” margins. Include cover page and reference page. At least 80% of your paper must be original content/writing. No more than 20% of your content/information may come from references. Use at least three references from outside the course material, one reference must be from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the three-reference requirement. Cite all reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) in the paper and list on a reference page in APA style. References must come from sources such as, scholarly journals found in EBSCOhost, CNN, online newspapers such as, The Wall Street Journal, government websites, etc. Sources such as, Wikis, Yahoo Answers, eHow, blogs, etc. are not acceptable for academic writing. Text Book:Knemeyer, M. A., & Murphy, Jr., P. R. (2018) Contemporary Logistics (12th Edition). Pearson.ISBN: 9780134519256
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LOG320 Logistics Management
Week 1 Assignment- Kiddieland and the Super Gym
Kiddieland and the Super Gym
Read Case 1-1, page 18-20.
In 3-5 pages, list and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of:
•
Purchasing a two-wheeled trailer for each store to use for delivering Super Gyms
•
Allowing local trucking companies to deliver the item from the retail stores to the
customer
•
Stocking the item at distribution centers and having a truck make deliveries from the
center to the retail stores and to individual customers
•
Charging customers for home delivery if they are unable to carry item home
The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:
•
Write between 750 – 1,250 words (approximately 3 – 5 pages) using Microsoft Word in
APA style, see example below.
•
Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
•
Include cover page and reference page.
•
At least 80% of your paper must be original content/writing.
•
No more than 20% of your content/information may come from references.
•
Use at least three references from outside the course material, one reference must be
from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used,
but are not counted toward the three-reference requirement.
•
Cite all reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values,
etc.) in the paper and list on a reference page in APA style.
References must come from sources such as, scholarly journals found in EBSCOhost, CNN,
online newspapers such as, The Wall Street Journal, government websites, etc. Sources such
as, Wikis, Yahoo Answers, eHow, blogs, etc. are not acceptable for academic writing.
Text Book:
Knemeyer, M. A., & Murphy, Jr., P. R. (2018) Contemporary Logistics (12th Edition). Pearson.
ISBN: 9780134519256
LOG320 Logistics Management
Week 1 Content
Text Book:
Knemeyer, M. A., & Murphy, Jr., P. R. (2018) Contemporary Logistics (12th Edition). Pearson.
ISBN: 9780134519256
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Each week you will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and then assess
your knowledge through readings, lectures, discussion forums, and
assignments or tests. Not all of these activities are graded, but ALL are
important to your success in this course. Please take the time to carefully
review the reading material and lectures, as they will ultimately contribute to
your ability to complete assignments and discuss the week’s content with your
fellow classmates. Remember, if you have questions or concerns about the
course material or an assignment, please use the Ask the Instructor forum in
your Discussion folder to get help.
Upon successful completion of this week’s lesson, you should be prepared to:
Identify the core activities related to inbound and outbound logistics
Logistics Management – Week 1 Lecture
Introduction to Logistics Management
The term logistics or logistics management can have a lot of different meanings depending on
who is using the term to identify a particular action. For example, I have heard colleagues use
the term as a point of reference to move or travel from one location to the next. “Hey team,
where are we going for lunch? Ok, what’s the ‘logistics’ – who’s driving there, how many people
are going, what’s the best way to get there?’ In the military, you may hear the term logistics to
describe the movement of people, processes, and equipment. In a warehouse or distribution
center, you might have heard the term to describe the processes necessary to pack and ship
goods to its many customers. These are conversations that we probably all have been a part of
in some form or fashion. Indeed, all of the above examples and use of the term logistics are
correct. In general, the term logistics is used to describe the movement or flow of an activity or
an object from one point to another. In industry, “Logistics is the procurement and physical
transmission of material through the supply chain, from supplier to customers” (Hill, 2000).
The APICS Dictionary defines logistics management as, “The part of supply chain management
that oversees the planning and execution of forward and reverse flow of goods and related
information between points in the supply chain to meet customer requirements” (Blackstone Jr.,
2014). Within your textbook, Contemporary Logistics, the Council of Supply chain Management
Professionals (CSCMP) defines logistics as the “part of Supply Chain Management that plans,
implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods,
services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in
order to meet customers’ requirement” (Murphy Jr. & Wood, 2011). As we can see, the
definition of logistics management between APICS and CSCMP are quite similar and indeed
both correct.
It is also common that many use the term supply chain management and logistics
management interchangeably. However, the terms have two completely different
definitions. Supply chain management is not logistics management and vice versa. Supply
chain management is, “The design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain
activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging
worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand, and measuring performance globally”
(Blackstone Jr., 2014). Supply chain management consists of managing the relationships of
many business partners such as suppliers, manufacturers, and customer, and overseeing
supply chain processes such as supplier/vendor sourcing and customer relationships that are
directly unrelated to logistics management. As the CSCMP noted, logistics management is part
of supply chain that creates the planning and controls the forward and reverse flow movement
of goods and from origin to a customer. As a result, logistics management is a subset function
within supply chain management which mainly focuses on the flow of goods to and from its
partners.
As previously mentioned, logistics management is a main function within a supply chain
to manage the flow of goods through the chain to meet customer demand. So, what
exactly is the make-up of a supply chain? A basic supply chain network is comprised of a
supplier, manufacturer, and a customer. In a realistic scenario, most supply chains consist of
several suppliers, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, warehouses, retailers, and
customers with the supplier being upstream within the supply chain and the customer
downstream, creating demand for product or services within the chain. Logistics management
is a relevant function within a supply chain as it links the planning and distribution of goods
within the network to all the entities within the supply chain to ultimately meet a customer’s
requirement. The lack of an effective logistics management program within a supply chain can
result in increasingly higher inventory costs, the inability to meet customer demand, and high
labor cost. These costs are usually passed down to the customer in the form of higher prices
for purchased goods.
The scope of managing logistics processes typically begin with the receipt of product for storage
in a warehouse/distribution center, the subsequent shipment of these goods to satisfy a
customer’s request, and managing returns back to the warehouse/distribution center. Managing
the flow of returned items from the customer is known as reverse logistics. Activity
necessary to handle incoming product and process outgoing shipments are order receipt,
picking, packing, and shipping (I will cover these logistics processes and activities in greater
detail in the upcoming lectures). Equipment used to assist in the movement of product in a
warehouse are manual or electric dollies, hand carts, seated and standing-type forklifts. Modes
of transportation use to transport and deliver product are by air, water, rail, or roads (and in
some cases a pipeline depending on the source and type of product). Managing these logistics
processes can widely vary contingent upon the need and the requirement of the business. For
example, some logistical roles may require managing logistics functions within a local
warehouse while other logistical roles my encompass managing the flow of goods within a
global network containing several distribution centers and warehouses. Ultimately, “logistics
strategies and activities should be based on customer wants and needs, rather than the wants,
needs, and capabilities” (Murphy Jr. & Woods, 2011) of the service provider.
As a 30-year supply chain/logistics professional in both public and private sectors, I have
participated in several business opportunities which involved managing supply chains with a
network of suppliers, distributors, and, retailers, and managing logistics activities within a
distribution center. Throughout my lectures, when necessary, I will interject my personal
experiences to give you a real-world view and perspective of the topic and its application. For
example, as a logistics center manager with a large consumer products goods company, I
participated in the start-up, implementation, and management of a consumer products goods
distribution center and distributed product to several big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target,
and Staples. I will share my experiences with you in detail along the duration of the
course. Please read all assigned material for each week as it will broaden your exposure to
logistics management and tools necessary to manage the discipline effectively.
References
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Blackstone, J. H., & Cox III, J. F. (2014). APICS Dictionary – 14th Edition. Alexandria,
Virginia: APICS.
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Murphy Jr., & Wood D. (2011). Contemporary Logistics – 10th Ed. Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall
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