Below are two question topics pertinent to this module; you are instructed to answer BOTH using the resources available to you in the form of a Harvard referenced business report. This report will articulate your knowledge of the module subject. The report is to be concise and clear in its meanings and be 3000 words +/-10%. Each answer to the question topic should be broadly the same length.
Warehouses; warehousing in its many guises, appears at different points across supply chain networks. Describe a typical range of storage and retrieval facilities and stock holding scenarios you would find in the following supply chain network, you are free to use diagrams and flow charts to illustrate and underpin your analysis:
• Point of consumption at a motor vehicle manufacturing plant;
• Point of supply at a ‘tier 1’ supplier, that is what you would expect to find in relation to the perspectives of finished goods, work in progress and raw materials. Assume that this supplier is based 1.5 miles away from that vehicle manufacturer;
• Point if supply by the same manufacturer acting as a ‘tier 2’ supplier to a vehicle manufacturer based 180 miles away, specifically, what would be the main differences in the finished goods aspects of storage and supply;
• A manufacturer of a mandated supply material who is located 6500 miles away from the tier 1 supplier.
Also, describe and explain your modal choice and transport strategy for the delivery of goods at the different points of the supply chain. You MUST provide various examples from the literature sources identified below to underpin your arguments. This question carries 45% of the marks.
In consideration of topic 1, there are several key factors which guide decisions on the need to hold types and quantities of stocks throughout the supply network, including stock in transit. However, balances must be achieved in order to address the requirements of ‘just enough’, whilst militating against negative and excessive stock scenarios. If we consider a classical position of stock as being able to act as a strategic buffer between supply and demand, explain how you can balance stock at its various points of consumption by demand forecasting, storage and ease of assuring stock accuracy. Also explain what roles technology and data sharing play in your analysis. You MUST provide various examples from the literature sources identified below to underpin your arguments. This question carries 45% of the marks; the remaining 10% of the marks are awarded for presentation, grammar, style, and layout.