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Logistics & Supply Chain Management: Assignment – Case Study
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About This Assignment
In this course you’ve learned about global supply chain networks, the principles of Total Quality
Management, costs of inventory control, and factors that aect global distribution. Drawing upon
this knowledge, in a 2,500-3,000 word paper, please respond to the prompt below.
Prompt
EcoWorld is a manufacturer of enclosed, decorative environments. They are composed of a handblown glass sphere lled with water, one sh, and some aquatic plants. The sh and plants work
together so that the system will continue as long as it has light. The spheres have become a
popular holiday gift so sales skew towards November/December. EcoWorld, located in Seattle,
Washington, wants to globalize its process. This year, the European country of Latervia, renowned
for its cheap and expert glass blowing, has lifted its export tari. EcoWorld has also identied
another European country, Rombia, as a new market because it has no import fees. Raw materials
will be transported via aircraft and the nal product will be delivered by aircraft and then truck. You
are hired by EcoWorld to assist them in developing a global manufacturing and distribution plan.
Create a report that includes the following elements:
1. Identify and assess the risks and benets to moving the supply chain to a global market. Be certain to
analyze both the supplier and the consumer ends of the supply chain
2. Analyze the order winners and order qualiers that can lead to competitive advantage.
3. Explain how expanding the global supply chain network might aect the total quality management of
EcoWorld. Compare possible changes against the principles of TQM and identify potential costs of quality.
4. About 5% of delivered products are spoiled upon delivery with either the sh or plants dying, or both, due
to sensitivity to changes in temperatures, which is a major nancial and marketing problem for the
company. Develop a brief Six Sigma plan to x this issue.
5. Discuss how globalization will aect the various modes of transportation. What are some strengths and
weaknesses of each mode of transportation? How would a 10% increase in fuel prices aect EcoWorld’s
globalization plans?
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6. Discuss how insurance costs will be aected by globalization and the use of multiple means of
transportation across borders.
7. How should EcoWorld adjust its manufacturing and distribution to take into account the product’s
seasonality?
8. What inventory valuation method should EcoWorld use? Identify some of the costs for creating and
maintaining inventory of a nal product. How will these costs be aected by globalization?
Formatting & Sources
Please write your paper in the APA format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course
material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least three credible, outside sources
and cite them using APA format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary
sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com
lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).
Primary sources are rst-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company
documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You
may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to nd articles from these
journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain.
(Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)
If you’re unsure about how to use APA format for your paper and sources, please see the following
lessons:
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Grading Rubric
Category Unacceptable (0-
1)
Needs
Improvement (2-3) Good (4) Excellent (5)
Total
Possible
Points
Supply Chain
Risks and
Benets (x3)
Does not identify
any risks or
benets for
consumer and
supplier ends of
the supply chain
Identies some
risks or benets for
consumer and
supplier ends of the
supply chain but
not both
Identies most of
the risks and
benets for
consumer and
supplier ends of
the supply chain
with limited
rationale
Clearly identies the
risks and benets for
consumer and
supplier ends of the
supply chain and
connects them
directly to the
scenario
15
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Order Winners
and Qualiers
(x2)
Does identify any
order winners or
qualiers
Identies order
winners or
qualiers but not
both
Identies both
order winners and
qualiers with
limited connection
to competitive
advantage
Identies both order
winners and
qualiers and
connects them
directly to specic
competitive
advantages
10
TQM (x3) Does not identify
the eects of TQM
Identies some
eects of TQM but
does not connect
them to the
scenario
Identies some
eects of TQM
with some
connections made
to cost of quality
Identies the eects
of TQM and connects
them to cost of
quality supported by
specic examples
15
Six Sigma (x3) Does not address
Six Sigma
Explains Six Sigma
but does not
connect to the
scenario
Provides a Six
Sigma plan but
with limited
rationale
Provides a Six Sigma
plan with a fully
developed rationale
15
Strengths and
Weaknesses of
Transportation
(x2)
Does not discuss
transportation, its
connection to
globalization,
strengths and
weaknesses or
eects of fuel
costs
Discusses a few
aspects of
transportation, its
connection to
globalization,
strengths and
weaknesses and
eects of fuel costs,
but not all
Discusses
transportation, its
connection to
globalization,
strengths and
weaknesses and
eects of fuel
costs, but the
connection to the
scenario is limited
Fully discusses
transportation, its
connection to
globalization,
strengths and
weaknesses and
eects of fuel costs,
and the connection
to the scenario is
supported by specic
examples
10
Insurance
Costs (x2)
Does not discuss
insurance costs
Discusses insurance
costs and connects
to globalization or
multiple means
transportation but
not both
Discusses
insurance costs
and connects to
both globalization
and multiple
means
transportation but
with limited
rationale
Fully discusses
insurance costs and
connects to both
globalization and
multiple means
transportation
supported by specic
examples
10
Eects of
Seasonality
(x2)
Does not discuss
the eects of
seasonality
Discusses how
seasonality should
be taken into
consideration for
manufacturing or
distribution but not
both
Discusses how
seasonality should
be taken into
consideration for
manufacturing
and distribution
but with limited
support
Fully discusses how
seasonality should
be taken into
consideration for
manufacturing and
distribution
supported by specic
examples
10
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Inventory
Valuation and
Costs and
Eects of
Globalization
(x2)
Does not discuss
Inventory
valuation, costs
and eects of
globalization
Discusses inventory
valuation and costs
or eects of
globalization on
costs but not both
Discusses
inventory
valuation and
costs, and eects
of globalization on
costs but rationale
is limited
Fully discusses
inventory valuation
and costs, and
eects of
globalization on
costs with each
supported by specic
examples
10
Mechanics (x1)
Submission has
major errors
related to
citations,
grammar,
spelling, syntax;
organization
confuses the
reader and
interferes with the
communication of
ideas
Submission has a
number of errors
related to citations,
grammar, spelling,
syntax; organization
negatively impacts
readability and
interferes with the
communication of
ideas
Submission has
few instances of
errors related to
citations,
grammar, spelling,
syntax;
organization
enhances
readability and the
clear
communication of
ideas
Submission has very
few or no errors
related to citations,
grammar, spelling,
syntax; organization
enhances readability
and the clear
communication of
ideas
5
Total Points 100
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