Look over the Logistics game participants manual that is provided below:
Focus especially on section 1.3 because in the Advanced Manufacturing Game, you will be selling your products from the regional warehouses instead of the finished goods warehouse at the manufacturing facility. This means that after you produce finished goods at the manufacturing facility, they must be shipped to the regional warehouses before they can be sold.
The following file includes a screen shot of the SAP transaction code used to enter your stock transfer plan (ZMB1B):
Stock transfer screen.docx
Note that you must select either a "push" or "pull" transfer strategy for transferring stock and it is important to understand the differences between these. Also note that you must specify how often you transfer finished goods to the regional warehouses from the manufacturing facility.
This new dimension of the game (selling from regional warehouses) increases the importance of knowing product preferences in each region. So having a strategy for assessing regional preferences (which won't change after Round 1) is important.
Assignment Requirements:Read section 1.3 of the Logistics game participant's guide and review the layout of the stock transfer screen. Create a Word document and address each of the following items:
1) In your own words, describe the differences between the "push" and "pull" stock transfer policies in the context of the ERPSim Advanced Manufacturing game.
2) A push strategy is often grounded in sales forecasts;a pull strategy often targets desired replenishment levels. Is this the situation for the ERPSim Advanced Manufacturing game? Why or why not?
3) Based on your experiences with the Extended Manufacturing game, which stategy (push or pull) do you recommend your team adopt? Why?
4) Log in to SAP and do some filtering of the market reports for the most recent Extended Manufacturing game and identify best selling products in each region.
5) Assume you are producing at full capacity (21,000 boxes per day) and have an almost fully stocked finished goods warehouse at the manufacturing facility. To ensure that your finished goods warehouse at the manufacturing facility does not exceed its capacity, how much (what is the total number of boxes that) should be shipped to the regional warehouses in each shipment if you transfer stock every three days?
6) Based on your answers to items 4 and 5, identify the values that you would enter in North, South, and West columns of the Stock Transfer Table for each product in the Stock Transfer Planning table for stock transfers that will take place every three days.