Write a 600“800 word white paper for a consulting company about the supply chain

Write a 600“800 word white paper for a consulting company about the supply chain and distribution strategy of a manufacturing company based on a library article. By successfully completing this assessment you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria: SHOW LESS Competency 1: Design a supply chain to support an organizational strategy. Explain why a companys supply chain strategy is successful. Competency 2: Improve efficiency in the supply chain. Describe the main challenges facing a company. Competency 3: Manage a supply chain in order to satisfy customers. Describe how a company has changed its supply chain to satisfy its customers. Competency 4: Communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with expectations for supply chain managers and participants. Exhibit proficiency in writing critical thinking and academic integrity by appropriately attributing sources. Competency Map CHECK YOUR PROGRESSUse this online tool to track your performance and progress through your course. Toggle DrawerContextSupply Chain Basic Functions The functions basic to all supply chains are: Planning. Sourcing. Making. Delivering. SHOW LESSFundamental decisions are required from supply chain managers to define strategy in developing a supply chain that will effectively meet these four requirements. Supply Chain Planning Planning or forecasting includes decisions needed to define operations of the other four supply chain functions. Three approaches to supply chain planning are: Demand forecasting. Product pricing. Inventory management. Sourcing or procurement involves decisions that determine the source of the resources that a firm requires for operations. This function traditionally included activities such as purchasing consumption management vendor selection contract negotiation and contract management. Recent global developments and trends in outsourcing have made this a dynamic changing role for supply chain managers. Making or producing is the economic process of converting resources into goods and services. Typical activities in this function include product development and design operations facility management and production scheduling. Distribution or delivering can include order management delivery scheduling and order processing. Inventory placement and delivery centers are of prime importance in supply management as the cost effectiveness of the entire system can rely upon the efficient delivery function Toggle DrawerQuestions to ConsiderTo deepen your understanding you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner a work associate an interested friend or a member of the business community. SHOW LESS Why is it important to consider uncertainty when evaluating supply chain design decisions? What are the major sources of uncertainty that can affect global supply chain decisions? Consider the financial logistic political natural cultural and technological sources of uncertainty. Toggle DrawerResourcesRequired Resources The following resources are required to complete the assessment. Library Resources The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course: Gray M. (7). Revolving around the customer supply chains customisation. Manufacturing 86(6) 28“31. doi:10.1049/me:70603. Kapuscinski R. Zhang R. Q. Carbonneau P. Moore R. & Reeves B. (4). Inventory decisions in Dells supply chain. Interfaces 34(3) 191“205. doi:10.1287/inte.1030.0068. Blanchard D. (2012). Dell taps into innovation to reach emerging markets. Industry Week/IW 261(11) 45. SHOW LESSSuggested 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: Uncertainty Impacts the Supply Chain | Transcript. 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. (4). 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 Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication. Malik Y. Niemeyer A. & Ruwadi B. (2011). Building the supply chain of the future. McKinsey Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Building_the_supply_chain_of_the_future_2729 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. (2019). Supply chain management: Strategy planning and operation (7th ed.). Boston MA: Pearson. Assessment Instructions: For this assessment consider that you work as a business analyst for a consulting firm that specializes in helping clients improve their operations and associated processes. Your manager asked you to write a white paper that they will use to demonstrate how your firm can help clients implement best practices in their supply chains and distribution channels and you and your manager selected Dell as the subject of the white paper. Dell has been selling computers for over 25 years with its unique direct build-to-order sales model. As part of your research into Dells supply chain and distribution strategy you identified related articles in the Capella library (linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading) that you decided to use to help you write your white paper. You and your manager decided your white paper should address the following points: Analyze why Dells supply chain strategy is successful. Describe the main supply chain challenges that Dell is now facing and provide strategies to effectively overcome the challenges. Analyze how Dell has changed its supply chain to satisfy its customers. As an example was Dells decision to sell its products via retail outlets a viable solution? Do you agree with this distribution strategy? Why or why not? Based on the intended audience your report should be well organized and written in clear succinct language. Target 600“800 words. Attributing sources in your professional and academic work supports your analysis and conclusions and demonstrates ethical behavior and academic honesty. Following APA rules for attributing sources provides consistency and ensures that readers can locate original sources if desired. Academic Integrity and APA Formatting As a reminder related to using APA rules to ensure academic honesty: When using a direct quote (using exact or nearly exact wording) you must enclose the quoted wording in quotation marks immediately followed by an in-text citation. The source must then be listed in your references page. When paraphrasing (using your own words to describe a non-original idea) the paraphrased idea must be immediately followed by an in-text citation and the source must be listed in your references page.