Briefly describe the basic types of third party logistics (3PL) organizations.

Capella MBA6125 All Weeks Discussions and Assignments Entire Course

Capella MBA6125 Unit 2 Discussion 1 & 2

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Third Party Logistics

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Briefly describe the basic types of third party logistics (3PL) organizations.

Identify some of the best practices that leading companies using 3PLs have embraced.
What value-added considerations would you take into account when considering the use of a 3PL?
Which 3PL would provide the most suitable service to your organization?
What 3PLs does your organization currently use? (If your organization does not use the services of a 3PL, consider the operations where a 3PL could be used.) What other 3PLs could you recommend to your management?
Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Evaluate whether the 3PLs used at your peer’s organization would be suitable in yours.
Do you agree with your peer’s assessment of 3PLs in his or her organization? Explain.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

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Trends and Security Issues with Logistics

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How can information logistics technology be used to facilitate real-time decision-making in your organization’s logistics network?

Describe how IT logistics technology is currently used in your organization, and how its use can it be improved or expanded.
In what ways has the logistics technology added value to your organization? Quantify this value in terms of tangible and intangible results.
Identify some of the best practices that leading companies using logistics technology have embraced.
Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree with your peer’s assessment of the potential for logistics technology in his or her organization? Explain.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

Capella MBA6125 Unit 3 Discussion 1 & 2

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Forecasting and the Economic Environment

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Identify changes in forecasting methodologies and approaches (for practices such as contracting, advanced payments, outsourcing to fix a price, continuous and fixed budgeting, simulations, or regression analysis) that have been influenced by current economic conditions.

Has the current economic environment changed your organization’s forecasting approaches to logistics within the supply chain?

If so: Describe at least one new approach that is a specific result of the changes in the current economic environment. How is this change unique to these times? Will these changes help to maintain your organization’s competitive edge?
If not: Would you recommend the implementation of new forecasting approaches? In what ways might a continuation of past techniques and approaches be dysfunctional? Briefly describe one specific new approach you would recommend.
Identify some of the best practices that leading companies are using in the area of logistics forecasting.

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree with your peer’s assessment of the value of new or potential forecasting approaches in his or her organization? Explain.
How would you recommend your peer’s organization change its approach?
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

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Levels of Customer Service

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Has the philosophy that there are different levelsof customers had any material effect on the value of your organization’s customer service?

Identify and explain the different levels of customer service in your organization.
How are these differing levels associated with the cost-benefit financial approach?
Is there a financial rationale for designating these differing levels? Can this be quantified?
Has any aspect of the different levels approach been negative to the customer, or to the organization?
Describe some of the best practices that leading companies using unique approaches to customer service have embraced.

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree or disagree with your peer’s assessment of the use and value of the different levels of customer service? Explain.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

Capella MBA6125 Unit 4 Discussion 1 & 2

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Declines in Inventory Costs and Levels

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According to your reading for this unit in Chapter 9 of the Coyle text, inventory costs and levels have declined in relation to the gross domestic product (GDP), in recent years.

Carrying high levels of inventory can be costly and risky. While products sit on shelves, opportunities and financing might be missed. Pilferage is a potential risk. Over time, the product could become obsolete.

Today, organizations are developing techniques to reduce the levels of inventory they must maintain, and their associated costs. For example, one evolving trend is to maintain showroom inventory. Approaches such as in-transit replenishment stock and point-of-sale reordering also reduce stagnant inventory costs.

How have new approaches influenced inventory information delivery in your organization?

Investigate and identify any significant declines in inventory costs and levels for your organization over the span of the past 20 years.
How have costs of carrying high levels of inventory (such as financing, opportunity, obsolescence, and pilferage) in your organization changed?
Suggest at least one reason for any apparent decreases in costs or levels of inventory.
What benefits can you attribute to these declines?
Discuss some of the best practices that leading companies, using unique approaches to logistics and inventory management, have embraced.

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Compare how inventory processes in your peer’s organization have changed with how your organization’s inventory processes has changed. Identify specific examples.
Do you agree or disagree with your peer’s assessment of the changes in his or her organization due to new inventory approaches?
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?
Reference

Coyle, J. J., Langley, C. J., Jr., Novack, R. A., & Gibson, B. J. (2013). Supply chain management: A logistics perspective(9th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.

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Costs of Transportation

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Historically, in the United States, the use of trucking has vastly outweighed the use of other modes of transportation. With fuel prices on the rise today, and given current economic conditions, it is likely that there will be both short- and long-term changes ahead.

What potential changes do you see in the preferred modes of transportation for your industry sector? Specify any evolving trends you can see.
Identify the mode of transportation most used by your organization. Can you discern any potential areas for improvement? For example, might rail be more cost-effective than trucking (assuming that customer demand can be satisfied)?
Identify any challenges that less-versatile, less-capable companies may face, if they cannot be flexible in embracing new modes of transportation.
Describe some of the best practices, in the area of transportation mode utilization, that leading companies in your industry have embraced.
Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

How is your peer’s industry affected differently from yours by transportation costs? How are the effects similar?
Do you agree or disagree with your peer’s assessment of the transportation changes ahead in his or her organization? Try to extend the conversation.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

Capella MBA6125 Unit 5 Discussion 1 & 2

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Logistics-supply Chain Network Design

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Describe how a properly designed logistics-supply chain network could benefit an organization. How can improved design create value in customer service, lower costs, and promote timely delivery? Redesigning the supply chain network can provide a key competitive advantage.

Identify a least one way your organization could benefit from a supply chain network redesign. Discuss at least one example of an area of opportunity for improvement. Describe how a redesign might favor your organization’s competitive advantage, from a strategic position.

Identify some of the best practices that leading companies using supply chain network redesign have embraced.

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree with your peer’s assessment of the redesign potential in his or her organization? Explain.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

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Supplier Qualifications and Certifications

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In order to ensure the value and quality of their products or services, many organizations are promoting the use of formal qualifications and certifications for their suppliers. New evaluation approaches, such as those developed by TQM, Six Sigma, and ISO, offer improved value and quality assurance.

Identify the current qualification and certification process in your organization. What are the criteria used to qualify a supplier? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the existing process? Are there specific changes that you could recommend?
Select one approach (TQM, Six Sigma, or ISO) and describe how it could benefit your organization and add value to your customer’s experience.
Identify best practices that leading companies in your industry have embraced in the area of supplier qualifications and certifications.
Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree with your peer’s assessment of the use of supplier qualifications and certifications in his or her organization? Explain.
Consider the approach chosen by your peer to benefit his or her organization. In your opinion, would a different approach for your peer’s organization be better? Why or why not?
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

Capella MBA6125 Unit 6 Discussion 1 & 2

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Reverse Logistics

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Consider ways in which reverse logistics has impacted your life, as a consumer. How has reverse logistics affected you as a member of your organization or industry? Briefly describe potential areas for improvement within your organization or industry.

Identify a process within your organization that frequently lends itself to reverse logistics. Do the costs of continuing this process exceed the benefits?

Describe some of the opportunities and challenges you see in this topic, from the logistical standpoints of both manufacturers and retailers.

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree with your peer’s assessment reverse logistics in his or her organization? Explain.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

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Trends and Transformations

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How can your organization use effective logistics in supply chain management to maintain a competitive edge and enhance its financial posture in the future? What might your organization do differently to increase its market share?

Identify one key factor you would advise your management to focus on in the organization’s growth strategy. Consider, for example, how customer service could be improved.

Many growth strategies divide plans into short-term and long-term segments.

What specific tactics would you employ for your key factor during the short term? Explain.
What specific tactics would you employ for your key factor during the long term? Explain.
Briefly describe best practices that you see leading companies in your industry implementing now. Would these best practices also benefit your organization?

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers. For each response, include the following:

Do you agree with your peer’s assessment of the best plans for the future of his or her organization? Explain.
What additional comments, suggestions, or experiences can you share with your peer?

Capella MBA6125 Unit 1 Assignment 1

Bank Process Simulation

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Refer to your reading for this unit in the Hartvigsen text (Chapter 1 and Chapter 2) for a conceptual explanation of process simulation and SimQuick.

Use the SimQuick Excel file to complete Exercise 1 (u01a1): ‘A Bank’found on pg 33 of the SimQuick 3/e booklet. The Excel file is needed to run the Unit-1: u01a1 Bank Process Simulation. Run 100 simulations and report the results for; 1 & 2 Tellers as illustrated on pg 32. Complete only “part-a” for this activity and summarize your findings, along with a recommendation, in a short explanation of the “overall mean cycle times” by teller.

For the Unit-4: u04a1 Reorder Point Simulation, complete the Exercise 14, found on the top of page 63 of the SimQuick 3/e. Run 100 Simulations for each Order Size, and report and interpret your findings, paying particular attention to Ordering & Holding Costs.

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Capella MBA6125 Unit 2 Assignment 1

Strategic Profit Model Case Study

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Refer to your reading for this unit in the Coyle text for this assignment. Read “Paper2Go.com,” on page 176. In a 1–3 page paper, answer the two case questions. Search the Internet for background information on Paper2Go.com to support your responses. You are encouraged to refer to the organization’s own Web site. Cite the resources you use in APA format.

Submityour case question responses in the assignment area.

Project Proposal

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For the first assignment in the project, identify your chosen organization and select a process to address. Since you will only have six weeks to work on this project, be careful to select an issue of appropriate scope.

You are probably already aware of processes in your chosen organization that require attention. You may even have ideas for potential improvements. If you are not familiar with any logistic process issues, you may want to begin by researching recent feedback from both satisfied and dissatisfied customers. You will likely uncover a number of potential processes that require attention. You might consider:

Talking with managers and staff in your customer relations or customer service department.
Reviewing customer surveys.
Interviewing a few key people involved in customer-facing processes.
Elements of the Proposal Submission

For the LIP project proposal, identify and describe a logistics process that could be improved in your chosen organization.

  1. Provide a short summary of the organization, with information such as:
    o The organization name.

o Number of years in business.

o A brief synopsis of the range of products and services it provides.

Please be as thorough in your description as possible. Note:If confidentiality is a concern, disguise the organization name and data.

  1. Use the Candidate Identification Worksheet (see resources) to identify at least three logistics processes you might address for your project. Complete the worksheet and select an appropriate candidate from that list. Include a copy of your worksheet in the proposal submission.
  2. Write a brief description of the logistical process you would like to improve. Describe the change you would like to make.
    Your proposal should be approximately 1–3 pages long (excluding the Candidate Identification Worksheet) and should be formatted according to APA (6th Edition) style.

Be certain to read the entire project description and the grading criteria to understand what you are expected to do. If you have any questions, take advantage of your avenues of communication (including the course discussions and instructor feedback) to obtain clarification.

Submityour proposal and worksheet for instructor approval in the assignment area.

Capella MBA6125 Unit 3 Assignment 1

“Tires for You” Case Study

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Refer to your reading for this unit in the Coyle text for this assignment. Read the “Tires for You, Inc. (TFY) Case Study,” on page 251. In a 2–4 page paper, answer the four forecasting activity case questions.

As you answer the questions, relate the TFY story to any similar experiences you have had in an organization. (You may choose any organization about which you have sufficient knowledge to compare, including the organization with which you are currently employed, a former employer, or the organization you have chosen to study for your project.)

Submityour case question responses in the assignment area.

Capella MBA6125 Unit 4 Assignment 1

Reorder Point Simulation

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Refer to your reading for this unit in the Hartvigsen text (Chapter 3) for a conceptual explanation of process simulation and SimQuick.

Use the SimQuick Excel file to complete Exercise 14 (u04a1): ‘An Electronics Superstore – Inventorying Problem’found at the top of pg 63 of the SimQuick 3/e booklet.

For the Unit-4: Exercise 14, complete Exercise 14 and run 100 Simulations for each Order Size (see table on top of pg 63), and report and interpret your findings, paying particular attention to Ordering & Holding Costs.

Your recommendation must be based on “minimizing Ordering & Handling Costs”. Justify your recommendation.

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Capella MBA6125 Unit 4 Assignment 2

Project Update

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The second component of your course project is an update of your progress on the LIP project. Remember that you are expected to develop your project independently throughout the course, using the project description as a guide. At this time, you should be developing an analysis of the logistics process you identified for your project. Based on the information you have gathered, use measurements tools and techniques to demonstrate the existing process and describe the improved process you will propose.

You are not expected to have your LIP project entirely completed for this update assignment, but you are asked to submit preliminary work corresponding to each of the following elements of the final project submission:

A problem statement– Describe the issue your plan would address. Include some background on the problem. How long has the issue been occurring? How is it important to the organization? Provide relevant historical data.
Data and measurements– Use some of the following measurement tools and techniques to present the data you have gathered thus far:
A fishbone diagram– Use a fishbone diagram to examine the causes of the issue.
A flowchart, table, or another chart– You are highly encouraged to include a before-and-after flowchart or another visual representation of the existing and proposed logistics process.
Note:You will be required to submit at least three measurement tools for the final project submission and to incorporate your findings from the tools into your plan. One of the measurement tools must be a fishbone diagram.
Causes and effects discussion– Use the data you have collected and your measurements to describe what caused the existing situation and how the issue affects the process and the organization.
A cost-benefits summary– If possible, base your cost-benefits summary on actual information. If not, base it on your anticipated information.
A conclusionaddressing the following:
Implications– Consider what could happen if the issue continues as it is—and what could happen if it is improved. What are some potential general business results? What impact might there be on business relationships? What specific results are you anticipating, at this stage of the investigation?
Desired outcome– How will resolving this issue change the process? What competitive advantage(s) will this change yield? How will it impact stakeholders? What financial benefits do you anticipate?
Include at least one supporting reference to materials outside the course—ideally more than one. Use APA style and formatting for your references. Your paper should be approximately 2–3 typed, double-spaced pages in length, in addition to your data measurement tools and any additional attachments. Refer to the LIP Update scoring guide to learn how you will be assessed on this assignment.

You will continue to expand on this work for the final submission. Again, it is not necessary for these elements to be entirely completed at this time; the purpose of this update is to demonstrate your progress and to enable your instructor to provide constructive feedback. The closer your project is to completion now, the higher the quality of feedback you will receive. You will incorporate that feedback in your final submission.

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Capella MBA6125 Unit 5 Assignment 1

Fireside Tire Organization Case Study

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Refer to your reading for this unit in the Coyle text for this assignment. Read the “Fireside Tire Organization (FTC) Case Study,” on pages 547–548 in your text. In a 2–4 page paper, answer the three case questions.

As you answer the questions, relate the FTC story to any similar experiences you have had in an organization. (You may choose any organization about which you have sufficient knowledge to compare, including the organization with which you are currently employed, a former employer, or the organization you have chosen to study for your project.)

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Capella MBA6125 Unit 6 Assignment 1

Logistics Improvement Plan

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For this final assignment, submit:

  1. Your final logistics improvement plan.
  2. An executive summary of your plan.
    The final plan should include all of the research and groundwork you have completed thus far. However, it should be more than a compilation of the individual project components—it should constitute a comprehensive plan. It should incorporate feedback you have received on individual project components. It should also present the tools, techniques, and methodologies covered throughout the course.

Submit an executive summary of your LIP as a separate, stand-alone document. The executive summary should be addressed to a management team of principal stakeholders. Provide a brief synopsis of the plan you propose, justified by the data you have collected and processed.

Refer to the Logistics Improvement Plan project description for complete instructions on submitting the final project. Be certain to read the entire project description and the grading criteria to understand what you are expected to submit. If you have any questions, take advantage of your avenues of communication (including the course discussions and instructor feedback) to obtain clarification.

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