5-1. What is the value of sales and operations planning in supply chain integration? What happens if sales does not communicate effectively with operations? What is the value of having medium- and long-term forecasts? How do e-commerce strategies promote growth?
5-2. Why would a company outsource parts of its supply chain? Explain the value of this practice and why so many companies use it today. What are some operational challenges that outsourcing can present?
6-1. Identify all of the areas of a consumer products company in which statistical quality control can be applied. How do you measure effectiveness of processes using statistical quality control?
6-2. Imagine you work for a breakfast cereal company that makes prepared products that are served cold. Your company wants to introduce a new hot breakfast cereal that would require some minimal preparation by the consumer. How would you propose forecasting initial demand for this product? Identify one quantitative and one qualitative technique. How do the techniques complement each other?
7-1. Why is project management so important in any field? How can project management be applied to implement supply chain strategies?
7-2. Final project: Explain how you would work with your stakeholders to ensure buy-in for and feedback on the project plan.
8-1. Reflect on your Process Improvement Project assignment. What challenges have you experienced and how have you resolved those challenges. Are you still looking for solutions?
8-2. Speculate what would happen if a step is not completed in the project management process? What are the consequences for all stakeholders? For example, what would be the potential pitfalls if a stakeholder decided not participate in the project implementation?