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Interpreting and Employing Data to Build a Business Case Final Project – MGT 608 – Information and Supply Chain Systems Your company: You are a new Supply Chain Analyst with the ACME Corporation. We design specialty electronics that are components in larger finished goods such as major appliances, automobiles and industrial equipment. Manufacturing is outsourced to low-cost suppliers due to the significant labor contribution and closeness to electronic component suppliers. Your product: ACME Corp. designs a leading-edge family of devices branded as “Voice Assistants.” These are add-on boxes that many OEMs are using as plug-and-play devices in a wide variety of Internet-of-Things products. They are also sold directly to consumers as after-market items, but only for IoT devices that were built with our proprietary data-port. Figure 1: Product line of ACME Corp Voice Assistant IoT Add-on Boxes Your task: Your Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) is requesting a review of supplier-to-customer processes as related to recent growth in our company and increasing demand for faster responsiveness to customers. One alternative is to decentralize our inventory into regional Distribution Centers; however, our ERP system is currently limited in the data available to make some of these decisions – and the output reports are very antiquated. Starting off the process, the CSCO directed that your Analysis Team use population data to pro-rate our national sales data as a starting point. For this analysis, you are asked to focus only on the flagship product, Voice Assistant IoT Add-on Box, 4GB, SKU #123-456789. The challenge is now yours to complete some computations and interpret the results! Your data: A detailed report from your ERP system along with secondary data from the U.S. Census Bureau (reference: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/data-sets.html) is provided. (Note: Sales to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are handled by a 3PL provider and therefore are NOT part of this analysis.) The consolidated EXCEL® file has incorporated several tasks already performed by the Analysis Team --- sort, cleanse, inventory optimization, etc. Other tasks remain for your team. Slide Show: please do a slide show on Logistic Purchasing, and Supply Chain Management, no more than 4 slides total. Please input your speaker notes on each slide as well. Detailed Requirements: Prepare a formal report summarizing your results and providing recommendations that are supported by facts. The required layout follows: A. Introduction: Describe the purpose of your project. Describe the background of the situation that is necessary to understand the project (e.g. your company and your product). Describe the data and its source. Overview what follows in the report: B. Management Information Systems supporting Sales: a. Describe what roles this sales data would be helpful in management of your Supply Chain. C. D. E. F. b. What other data would you need to make better decisions. (Ensure you fully explain the new data and your recommended decisions.) Logistics – Purchasing: a. Using the data of all orders for the Voice Assistant product line, what actions would you recommend? b. What additional data would you need added to the output report? Logistics – Inventory: a. Compute the missing Inventory Holding Cost Rate using the provided Operating Cost data. b. Using the demand forecast pro-rated for each region based on population and the previously computed optimal inventory policy (e.g. EOQ and ROP), compute the anticipated number of orders per year placed by each potential Distribution Center. c. Describe managerial actions that could be taken to further improve on this optimal inventory policy. d. Discuss how the number of Distribution Centers throughout the United States will impact your inventory costs. Logistics – Transportation: a. First, estimate (qualitative assessment only!) the location for FOUR new Distribution Centers (one for each Region). b. Next, create a table to assess each of the six options for shipping goods -- five modes plus intermodal makes six. Your table must rate relative cost, speed and flexibility (e.g. routing and delivery location options). In each cell, use very brief bullet-statements to state your assessment. c. Next, assuming that you have raw materials, components and finished goods arriving from suppliers in Asia and Africa and being delivered to each of the four Distribution Centers, state your modal selection from the Port-of-Entry to each of the Distribution Centers. d. Finally, as the Chief Supply Chain Officer is considering relocation of our current, single DC into a better-situated nationwide Fulfillment Center, compute an initial estimate for a demand-centric location based on the current demand as allocated to each region. Supply Chain Management: a. Identify a single key supplier and a single key customer for your product, including a brief description of their product. b. Identify the proper type of business relationship that your company should have with the supplier and customer from Part A, above, then briefly describe the data that you would share with them. c. When implementing Supply Chain Management with your #1 key supplier for the first time, create a timeline that lists each of the six SCOR processes in the order that you recommend implementation; include process leader (by job title), primary contact at supplier/customer (by job title), and duration to implement. d. Briefly describe each of the four enablers of supply chain management, and for each, recommend a single technology enhancement for your company to implement in the near future. Limit your report to 10 pages, not including title page, Executive Summary (in lieu of an Abstract), and references. Do not include a Table of Contents. Include all tables and figures within the body of the document (no appendices); otherwise, APA format is required. In your Main Headings of the Body, please indicate the author of each section (ex: “Marketing for West Coast Clients [by John Smith]”). The Executive Summary, Introduction, Conclusion and References must be a team effort. In addition to your paper, your analysis must be submitted in a SINGLE Excel-compatible file. Multiple files will NOT be accepted.
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In any organization in the scale of the AMCE scale, logistics, as well as supply chain
management, is an important aspect. This can be attributed to the aspect that businesses conceive
complex business improvement strategies to improve performance and profitability. Due to this,
both of the two areas are an important area of research before making any strategic business
decisions. For AMCE Corporation, logistics, as well as supply chain management, is considered
an important department and the key to the organization reaching a competitive edge in business.
Conceptually, the organization management needs the supply chain department to analyze
consumer information and come up with a conceptual framework on the best approach to supply
chain management strategy. ACME Corp. is known to be the leading company of "Voice
Assistants." The devices are add-on boxes that many OEMs use as plug-and-play devices in a wide
range of other internet products. The products are also sold directly to consumers in the form of
after-market items. However, only IoT devices are built with the organization's proprietary dataport. For maximum profitability, there is an adequate need to understand the market variables and
balance the supply and demand sides the product. The process needs clarification of the concept
of logistics and supply chain management and insights obtained from the analysis of past and
trends in the corporation's sales direction to predict the future of the AMCE's add-on boxes and
direction for the organization. For reliable report data from the organization's order history, the
operating cost, sales history, location decisions, sales forecast and modes will be analyzed. The
paper is organized as follows, the management information systems supporting sales decision,
logistical aspects on sales, logistical information on inventory, logistical aspects of transportation
and the supply chain management.

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Management Information Systems supporting Sales
To begin with, logistics can be defined as the management of the flow of goods between
the points of origin to the market for customers. The logistical process involves the physical items
an element that usually involves the integration of information flow, handling products inventory,
packaging, and transportation, warehousing and taking necessary security measures. The
complexity of the process involves a modelled analysis, optimized and visualized using simulation
software. The process can be made a success by the sharing of business data for analysis. Sales
data radically helps in improving global companies and their partners in operation especially in
outsourcing and globalization (Tłuczak & Kauf, 2018). By the use of sales data, the organization
can gauge on the inventory levels, sales trends, forecast on the data as wells as reducing the cycle
times to fulfil more orders quickly. In addition, sales data can be used in almost all corporate
operational activities. Through the use of this information product life cycle management activities
can be undertaken with both internal and external partners. In this aspect, sales data is useful in
developing strategies for customer experience in the organization's products and supply chain
process. This helps in the formulation of effective business strategies and policies for higher
customer satisfaction levels improving efficiency and creation of new opportunities for all
stakeholders in the business. In addition, sales data is important in collaborative planning, it helps
in forecasting and replenishing workflows and solutions to the existing supply chain process to
enhance supply and production for the companies' competitive advantage. Through this analysis,
the organization is able to highlight on their current challenges and implement strategies to resolve
nonintegrated processes in the supply chain system.

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