1. Supply Chain Forecasting

Discuss how forecasting effects the supply chain of an automobile manufacturer. Consider especially the forecasting and supply chains involved in manufacturing a new model (entirely new, not an edition/annual change). How do the individual supply chains for the subparts effect the larger supply chain of the whole automobile. How does forecasting effect the just-in-time or lean production system used in most automobile manufacturing plants? 

Example of a typical automobile supply chain:

  1. Suppliers for raw materials
  2. Suppliers for parts and subsystems
  3. Automobile manufacturer (Ford, in the example). Within a company, there are also different departments, which constitute the internal supply chain:
    • Purchasing and material handling
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing, etc.
  4. Transportation providers
  5. Automobile dealers
  1. Risk Management

Create a rudimentary supply chain for delivering canned peaches to the consumer. Discuss the sources of uncertainty within this supply chain. What are the risks? How could the manufacturer mediate the risks? 

 
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