Category Archives: Supply Chain Risk

Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully.  What are the details of the contracts that that the Navy struck with General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls? Would not it have been better if the Navy had only awarded one contract?  What … Continue reading

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Apple Targets “Conflict Materials” Suppliers

Discussion Questions The goal of being “conflict-free” relates to compliance with the ethical sourcing of materials used in a company’s products.  Read the following article to learn how this relates to Apple Computer products. Note that in many cases the … Continue reading

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UPS Christmas Delivery Problems

Discussion Questions: What was the root cause of the delays in delivering packages during the 2013 Christmas season? How could UPS prevent this from happening in 2014?  When formulating your answer evaluate the economic impact on the profitability of UPS … Continue reading

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Whirlpool Move Production Back to the US

Discussion Questions to consider when reading this article: What are the major costs that should be considered when locating a plant? How might these costs change over time? What is an appropriate planning horizon for these decisions? What factors, other … Continue reading

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Boeing 787 problems are close to being resolved. What will be next issue with these planes?

WSJ – March 14, 2013, 10:57 p.m. ET Boeing Offers Peek at New Dreamliner Safety Enhancements By YOREE KOH TOKYO—A troop of Boeing Co. BA +0.59% executives offered the first detailed peek at the package of safety enhancements the company … Continue reading

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Just-in-Case Distribution–Risk Management in the Supply Chain

February 12, 2013 New Hubs Arise to Serve ‘Just in Case’ Distribution By MATT HUDGINS Major storms like Hurricane Sandy and other unexpected events have prompted some companies to modify the popular just-in-time style of doing business, in which only … Continue reading

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An update to the Gibson Guitar Purchasing Problem

WSJ – Updated August 6, 2012, 8:06 p.m. ET Gibson Guitar to Pay Fine Over Wood Imports By KRIS MAHER Bloomberg News Gibson guitars, hung to dry after being lacquered in Nashville last year. Gibson Guitar Corp. agreed to pay … Continue reading

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