Chapter discussion

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After reading Chapters 4 and 5 in the text, reflect and discuss the following questions:

  1. In what ways can the design of a firm’s supply chain network affect its ability to create value for customers through efficiency, effectiveness, and differentiation?
  2. What are the steps in the process of supply chain network design? Of these steps, which are most relevant to the task of selecting a specific location for a logistics facility?
  3. Describe and discuss the differences and relationships between purchasing, procurement, and strategic sourcing. How have these concepts evolved?
  4. Using the risk/value technique, categorize the importance of the following items for an automobile manufacturer: engine, tires, gasoline, paper for the employee newsletter, a uniquely designed and engineered muffler, and rail car service to dealers. Describe the rationale you used to ascertain each categorization.

Use the following headings to organize your paper: Introduction, Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4, Conclusion, References.


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