Chapter 9 Running Case Assignment: Improving Operational Excellence: Identifying Supply Chain Management Solutions
In this project you’ll use the Web to identify a suppliers for one component of a dirt bike and appropriate supply chain management software for a small manufacturing company. Use the memo template from Chapter 8 for your response.
A growing number of Dirt Bikes orders cannot be fulfilled on time because of delays in obtaining some important components and parts for its motorcycles, especially their fuel tanks. Complaints are mounting from distributors who fear losing sales if the dirt bikes they have ordered are delayed too long. Dirt Bikes’s management has asked you to help it address some of its supply chain issues.
- Use the Internet to locate alternative suppliers for motorcycle fuel tanks. Identify a supplier. Find out the amount of time and cost to ship a fuel tank (weighing about five pounds) by ground (surface delivery) from each supplier to Dirt Bikes in Carbondale, Colorado.
- Dirt Bikes’s management would like to know if there is any supply chain management software for a small business that would be appropriate for Dirt Bikes. Use the Internet to locate a supply chain management software provider for companies such as Dirt Bikes. Briefly describe the capabilities of the software application and indicate how it could help Dirt Bikes.