Interpreting and Employing Data to Build a Business Case
Final Project – MGT 608 – Information and Supply Chain Systems
Your company: You are a new Supply Chain Analyst with the ACME Corporation. We design specialty electronics that are components in larger finished goods such as major appliances, automobiles and industrial equipment. Manufacturing is outsourced to low-cost suppliers due to the significant labor contribution and closeness to electronic component suppliers.
Your product: ACME Corp. designs a leading-edge family of devices branded as “Voice Assistants.” These are add-on boxes that many OEMs are using as plug-and-play devices in a wide variety of Internet-of-Things products. They are also sold directly to consumers as after-market items, but only for IoT devices that were built with our proprietary data-port.
Figure 1: Product line of ACME Corp Voice Assistant IoT Add-on Boxes
Your task: Your Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) is requesting a review of supplier-to-customer processes as related to recent growth in our company and increasing demand for faster responsiveness to customers. One alternative is to decentralize our inventory into regional Distribution Centers; however, our ERP system is currently limited in the data available to make some of these decisions – and the output reports are very antiquated. Starting off the process, the CSCO directed that your Analysis Team use population data to pro-rate our national sales data as a starting point. For this analysis, you are asked to focus only on the highest volume product, Voice Assistant IoT Add-on Box, 1GB, SKU # AB-1035-G. The challenge is now yours to complete some computations and interpret the results!
Your data: A detailed report from your ERP system along with secondary data from the U.S. Census Bureau is provided (reference: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/data-sets.html). (Note: Sales to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are handled by a 3PL provider and therefore are NOT part of this analysis.) The consolidated EXCEL® file has incorporated several tasks already performed by the Analysis Team — sort, cleanse, inventory optimization, etc. Other tasks remain for your team.
Detailed Requirements: Prepare a formal report summarizing your results and providing recommendations that are supported by facts. After an opening Executive Summary, the required layout follows:
Limit your report to 10 pages, not including title page, Executive Summary (in lieu of an Abstract), and references. Do not include a Table of Contents. Include all tables and figures within the body of the document (no appendices); otherwise, APA format is required.
In your Main Headings of the Body, please indicate the author of each section (ex: “Marketing for West Coast Clients [by John Smith]”). The Executive Summary, Introduction, Conclusion and References must be a team effort.
In addition to your paper, your analysis must be submitted in a SINGLE Excel-compatible file. Multiple files will NOT be accepted.
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Laudon, K. and Laudon, C. (2018). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm (15 th Ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
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