Read the five journal articles provided in the Background page.
Then in a 3-4 page paper answer the following questions:
1. Discuss the major factors responsible for making yesterday’s supply chain networks less relevant today. Be sure to include in your discussion any other issues the authors may have missed that you would consider important.
2. Assess the feasibility of the design solutions provided in the Napolitano article for addressing the challenges faced in today’s “down” economy.
3. Determine if Burlington Coat Factory, IKEA, and Electrolux effectively utilized the design suggestions discussed in the Ironside and Napolitano articles in the redesign of their logistics networks
Submit your assignment for grading by the end of this module.
Expectations for the assignment are based on the paper showing an understanding of what is involved in logistics system design and planning and why it is important for organizations to develop a comprehensive plan. It is expected that the work display critical thinking and logic in performing a comparative analysis of the changes taking place in supply chain networks. It is also anticipated that the work will show how elements of the planning process can be applied to specific case study organizations in demonstrating how they have revamped and redesigned their logistics plans to address the challenges of today’s economy.