Zara–Rapid Fire Fulfillment

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Zara is the flagship brand for Europe's fastest growing apparel retailer and has about 1500 stores in major cities around the globe. After reading the Harvard Business Review article, "Rapid Fire Fulfillment" (linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading), answer the following four questions about Zara's supply chain:

  • Explain why the company's supply chain strategy is successful. For example, the selection and management of suppliers and determination of information needs and systems.
  • What advantage does Zara gain against the competition by having a very responsive supply chain?
  • What advantage does the company gain from replenishing its stores multiple times a week compared to a less frequent schedule? How does the frequency of replenishment affect the improved customer satisfaction?
  • What information infrastructure does Zara need in order to operate its production, distribution, and fast fashion retail network effectively?

Submit your answer in a Microsoft Word document in 600–800 words. All written assignments should follow APA rules for attributing sources.


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8/21/2018 Assessment 1 Context Print Assessment 1 Context Common Law Tradition Although American colonists broke with King George III in the 18th century, the U.S. today still relies heavily upon the legal traditions of Great Britain. Central to this tradition is the common law system, which means that courts view every new case within the context of decisions made in similar cases in the past. This concept is known as stare decisis, or, "what has been decided in the past will guide the future." Although judges will closely review cases based upon the facts presented in each individual instance, they can, and must, make their decisions based upon decisions arrived upon by courts that have adjudicated similar cases. Think of it this way: if courts did not apply stare decisis in lawsuits involving commercial interests, there would be no consistency in how courts interpret and implement the law. Some critics will argue that courts do not always look to the past in applying laws today, but, in reality, this is mandated not only by principles of U.S. jurisprudence, but it is also strictly taught in every law school in the nation. Role of the Judicial Branch The judicial branch, as early as Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803), has been entrusted with the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Early in our nation's history, it was actually an open question as to whether or not American courts, specifically the United States Supreme Court, would have the ultimate authority in deciding what laws are, or are not, constitutional. That has been decided decisively: the courts have the final word. It has often been remarked, accurately, that U.S. courts are the most powerful courts within any developed nation. In fact, the United States Supreme Court must be looked upon as the most powerful judicial body in the world. The vast majority of commercial disputes, however, are not settled in the courts before a judge, but are resolved via alternative means of dispute resolution. For those cases that cannot be resolved without court litigation, the lawsuit can be a long, laborious, and expensive process. Ultimately, the courts do have the final word in deciding how constitutional principles involved in business law apply to a given conflict between adversarial parties. Parallel Systems As you review the system of laws in the United States, you should see U.S. jurisprudence as traveling along two separate but very similar highways. In truth, the United States maintains a parallel system of courts that are available to litigants. State courts are where the vast majority of commercial transaction disputes are adjudicated. State courts handle the majority of business transactions because, more often than not, disputes involve two business parties that are either incorporated in, or function within the boundaries of the same state. When adversarial parties function in different states, or when their disputes and controversies involve federal questions, they necessarily go to the federal courts. In both the state and federal courts, decisions that are arrived at during the first level of adjudication can be appealed through appeals courts. The decisions of those appeals courts can subsequently be taken to a state Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court. It is important that you review the study materials to understand diagrammatically how business law disputes navigate through the sometimes Byzantine system of parallel laws and courts in the United States. Alternative Dispute Resolution https://courserooma.capella.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/BUS-FP/BUS-FP3021/180100/Course_Files/cf_assessment_1_context.html 1/2 8/21/2018 Assessment 1 Context It is also important to recognize, especially given the avalanche of business litigation that we see today, that many business parties have decided to completely avoid the system of state and federal courts, and to take their disputes to what is known as alternative dispute resolution. When parties decide to settle their agreements through arbitration or through mediation, they are essentially taking a completely different direction in handling their business transactional disputes. They agree beforehand that a disinterested, objective third party will listen to the facts from both sides and arrive at a decision that is binding upon both parties. Critics of alternative dispute resolution have argued that arbitration does not allow for the same appeals that are available to litigants in state and federal courts, and there is some truth to this: usually an arbitrator's decision is final, and often neither party can appeal to an appeals board. Others argue with a great deal of evidence that this system saves both time and money, and allows for business disputes to be settled in a way that is efficient for both sides. Whichever side of this argument you adhere to, one thing is certain: given the skyrocketing costs of court litigation, alternative dispute resolution will be a feature of settling disputes for commercial parties for some time to come. https://courserooma.capella.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/BUS-FP/BUS-FP3021/180100/Course_Files/cf_assessment_1_context.html 2/2 10/15/2018 Assessment 1 – BUS-FP3022 - Fall 2018 - Section 02 Assessment 1 Zara–Rapid Fire Fulfillment Details Attempt 1 Available Tutorials Support Attempt 2 Log Out Felicia Smith 2 Attempt 3 Overview Write a 600–800-word response to a series of questions about the supply chain of an apparel retailer, based on a library article. This assessment focuses on the supply chain management process, its importance to the success of a company, and the sequence of events and processes that bring products from manufacturers to consumers. By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria: Competency 1: Design a supply chain to support an organizational strategy. Explain why a company's supply chain strategy is successful. Describe the importance of a company's fast response and information infrastructure. Competency 3: Manage a supply chain in order to satisfy customers. Describe how a company's unique replenishment strategy satisfies customers. Competency 4: Communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with the expectations for supply chain managers and participants. Exhibit proficiency in writing, critical thinking, and research; adhere to APA style and formatting. Competency Map Use this online tool to track your performance and progress through your course. CHECK YOUR PROGRESS SHOW LESS  Context A supply chain is an interrelationship through which information, physical goods, and services flow back and forth. It consists of business entities that contribute the value-creating activities of supplying necessary materials and transforming various resources into finished goods and services, and distributing the final outputs to the customer. Questions to Consider https://courserooma.capella.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_142573_1&content_id=_6829076_1&mode=reset 1/4 10/15/2018 Assessment 1 – BUS-FP3022 - Fall 2018 - Section 02 To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a Tutorials Support Log Out fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community. Felicia Smith 2 What are the implications of a successful supply chain management strategy to a business in today's competitive global economy? How can a supply chain help a company reach its strategic goals? Why do many companies choose to contract with third-party logistics companies? What are components of a successful supply chain? Resources Required Resources The following resources are required to complete the assessment. Library Resources The following reading is available full-text in the Capella University Library. Search for the article by clicking the linked title and following the instructions in the Library Guide. Ferdows, K., Lewis, M. A., & Machuca, J. A. D. (2004). Rapid-fire fulfillment. Harvard Business Review, 82(11), 104–110. Suggested Resources The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom. Capella Multimedia Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces: The Supply Chain Process | Transcript. This interactive provides a snapshot view of the supply chain. Library Resources The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course: Blanchard, D. (2010). Supply chain management best practices (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Drake, M. (2011). Global supply chain management. New York, NY: Business Expert Press. Greeff, G., & Ghoshal, R. (2004). Practical e-manufacturing and supply chain management. Oxford, England: Newnes. Farooqui, S. U. (2010). Encyclopedia of supply chain management: Volume I. Mumbai, India: Himalaya Books Pvt. Farooqui, S. U. (2010). Encyclopedia of supply chain management: Volume II. Mumbai, India: Himalaya Books Pvt. Farooqui, S. U. (2010). Encyclopedia of supply chain management: Volume III. Mumbai, India: Himalaya Books Pvt. Course Library Guide A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BUS-FP3022 – Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management library guide to help direct your research. Internet Resources https://courserooma.capella.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_142573_1&content_id=_6829076_1&mode=reset 2/4 10/15/2018 Assessment 1 – BUS-FP3022 - Fall 2018 - Section 02 Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Tutorials Log Out Felicia Permissions for the following links have been either granted orSupport deemed appropriate for educational use Smith at the time of course publication. 2 Arizona State University: W. P. Carey School of Business. (2010). Module 1: What is supply chain management? Retrieved from http://youtu.be/Mi1QBxVjZAw FedEx. (2011). FedEx supply chain global distribution center. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/Cdm2t952jYg Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sustainable-scf.org/ Bookstore Resources The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation. Chopra, S., & Meindl, P. (2016). Supply chain management: Strategy, planning, and operation (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. SHOW LESS  Assessment Instructions Zara is the flagship brand for Europe's fastest growing apparel retailer and has about 1500 stores in major cities around the globe. After reading the Harvard Business Review article, "Rapid Fire Fulfillment" (linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading), answer the following four questions about Zara's supply chain: Explain why the company's supply chain strategy is successful. For example, the selection and management of suppliers and determination of information needs and systems. What advantage does Zara gain against the competition by having a very responsive supply chain? What advantage does the company gain from replenishing its stores multiple times a week compared to a less frequent schedule? How does the frequency of replenishment affect the improved customer satisfaction? What information infrastructure does Zara need in order to operate its production, distribution, and fast fashion retail network effectively? Submit your answer in a Microsoft Word document in 600–800 words. All written assignments should follow APA rules for attributing sources. Zara–Rapid Fire Fulfillment Scoring Guide Use the scoring guide to enhance your learning. VIEW SCORING GUIDE How to use the scoring guide SUBMIT ASSESSMENT This button will take you to the next available assessment attempt tab, where you will be able to submit your assessment. https://courserooma.capella.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_142573_1&content_id=_6829076_1&mode=reset 3/4 10/15/2018 Assessment 1 – BUS-FP3022 - Fall 2018 - Section 02 https://courserooma.capella.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_142573_1&content_id=_6829076_1&mode=reset 4/4 10/15/2018 The Supply Chain Process Transcript Pri nt Cr edits THE SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS PRODUCTION 1. Suppliers : Purchase raw materials and manufacture parts to be shipped to the manufacturer based on their orders. 2. Trucking : Usually suppliers locate their facilities in close proximity to their manufacturing customers so to reduce transit time. Shipping by local or regional trucking companies is the most e ective means of moving these parts to the manufacturer’s facility. 3. Factory : Final products are manufactured, assembled and packaged per the product orders received. SHIPPING 4. Air Shipping : Smaller, higher value products are shipped by air since air freight is quicker and the convenience can outweigh the increased cost. 5. Trucking : Trucks are loaded at the factory and are taken to the closest air, sea or rail port. Many products shipped domestically use the freight lines since shipping by truck is faster and more convenient than rail. 6. Railroad : The railroads provide the least expensive means for domestic shipping, especially for large or heavy products, however shipping by rail is usually slower than trucking lines. 7. Ocean Shipping : 90% of world trade travels over the seas. Products inside 40’ and 20’ Containers are loaded and shipped on container ships since costs are relatively low, but transit times are long. DISTRIBUTION 8. Distribution Center/Wholesale Warehouse : When shipping internationally, products can be stored in a customs bonded warehouse to prevent the needs to pay customs duties until the retail outlet is ready to receive the shipment. In our domestic market, wholesalers receive and store products for distribution regionally. Wholesalers receive products from many manufacturers, and provide inventory services for local retailers. 9. Trucking : Local and regional truckers provide delivery to the retail outlets based on orders from local retailers. 10. Retail Outlets : Retailers receive shipments, unpack the packing materials and inventory the new orders that have just arrived. Goods are placed on the shelves for consumer purchase. Information from consumer purchases reduces inventory and triggers new product orders. 11. Customer : Customers make purchases based on their wants and needs, but also based on the availability of products and the e ciency of the supply chain to provide those products. CREDITS Subject Matter Expert: Dr. Bob Goldwasser Interactive Design: Christopher Schons Instructional Design: Mo Yang http://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/BUS3022/SupplyChainProcess/transcript.html 1/2 10/15/2018 The Supply Chain Process Transcript Project Manager: SueAnn AdamsBottolfson Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. http://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/BUS3022/SupplyChainProcess/transcript.html 2/2 ...
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Zara Rapid Fire Fulfilment
Zara enterprise has a successful supply chain strategy because it entirely controls the processes
of its product design, production or manufacturing, and distribution to their customers. Zara
supplier is the most prominent Spanish retailer and manufacturer of apparel and operates even in
other global markets.


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Zara Rapid Fire Fulfilment
Zara enterprise has a successful supply chain strategy because it entirely controls the
processes of its product design, production or manufacturing, and distribution to their customers.
Zara supplier is the most prominent Spanish retailer and manufacturer of apparel and operates
even in other global markets. Using only eight distribution centers in Spain Zara chain was able
to distribute their products to more the 6,000 stores around the globe. This kind of achievement
for Zara chain shows that their distribution strategy is significant, productive and superior among
other suppliers. Zara ch...

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