BSOP 434 Week 1 Discussion 1 Why do inventories cost so much to maintain? Provide some examples of how cost is associated with carrying an inventory. Is there anything we can do to lower this cost, and if so, what? In addition to the question above, explain how excess inventories can erode profitability. BSOP 434 Week 1 Discussion 2 Discuss why supply chain management (SCM) has become so important. Identify companies that have a well known SCM system. Do these companies have anything in common when it comes to their implementation of SCM? Can you identify and define four (4) attributes of Supply Chain Management? BSOP 434 Week 2 Discussion 1 How can a transportation manager take advantage of trade-offs between price and service? As a transportation manager, when would you want to take advantage of these trade-offs?
BSOP 434 Week 2 Discussion 2 Discuss the location selection criteria for distribution centers, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. How might these factors be considered important when locating a manufacturing facility? How do they differ from the factors considered important when locating a distribution facility? BSOP 434 Week 3 Discussion 1
What type of functional and perceptual benefits do labeling and packaging provide to the consumer? What are the two emerging trends in packaging and why are they important? BSOP 434 Week 3 Discussion 2