Final Project Deliverable to Throx 1) You want to impress Axel, so you should develop a summary document of 4to 6 pages (double space, 12-point font,…

) (given in summary table-rounded to nearest “5”)

d)     For the variance in weekly demand, use the data provided in the table with the FY2015 forecast for both approaches

e)     Annual Inventory management costs will include the following: Annual Holding Costs, Annual Ordering Costs, and Purchase Cost.

4)     Calculate inventory management costs for the company’s current decisions about Order Quantity (Q) and ROP (provided in the case) based upon FY 2016 actual demand. Compare these to the costs to that would have been achieved if the company had used its forecast for FY2016 to determine EOQ and ROP (what you calculated in Question 2 part b).

5)     Develop a forecast for FY 2017 using the two forecasting methods currently employed by the company. You will be calculating a simple two period forecast—use 2015 and 2016 annual forecasts/actuals to develop your 2017 forecast. Comment on which of the forecasts is likely to be more appropriate to support decisions based on your assessment of forecast accuracy. Use ONE of the forecast values to support your recommended decisions in Question 5 below.

6)     Provide the company with the following recommendations for FY 2017 to improve SCM performance, based on analysis of available data and appropriate methods from SCM 301. Be sure to justify your recommendation. Use your forecast values from 4) as input into your decisions.

a)     Recommend which of the three suppliers should be used for FY2017. It will be helpful to develop a supplier scorecard (NOTE: Use scores of 3=best, 2=second best, 1=worst);

b)     Recommend which transportation mode should be used for FY2017. You may use a scorecard, but you must also include an analysis of the transportation costs associated with each option and discuss other implications (such as inventory levels, safety stock, etc);

c)     Recommend an appropriate location for a new facility if one is to be built. Round your final coordinates (X, Y) to two decimal places.  Use methods discussed in the course, but be sure to include discussion of other relevant factors that would influence the choice of a specific location;

d)     Recommend the EOQ and ROP for FY2017 based on your forecast from Question 4 (round to full sock sets) and recommended supplier from Question 5a. Use the variability of demand from 2016 as an estimate for variability of demand in 2017.  Calculate the expected costs for annual inventory management based on your recommendations (see Question 2e). How do these costs compare to the performance observed in FY2016 based on the company’s decisions for that year (Question 3 numbers based upon the order quantity of 4000)?

Final Project Assignment

SCM 301 Fall 2017

Overview of the Case Analysis

We have discussed many concepts in SCM 301 related to planning, sourcing, making and delivering products and services. The purpose of this case analysis is to integrate the different elements of the course and to apply tools you have learned evaluate the supply chain performance.

Consider yourself a consultant assigned to develop a supply chain management strategy for the company Throx. You are tasked with evaluating the company’s recent performance and recommending changes (decisions) to improve supply chain management performance. You should use concepts and methods discussed in SCM 301 to undertake these two tasks.  

Company Background Information

Throx sells higher-end custom-design socks in three-sock sets (rather than two). The company operates from a small packaging and distribution facility in Richmond, CA from which it ships product to customers. Given the company’s location and focus, 97% of sales are in California, primarily in the major urban areas of the San Francisco bay area, Los Angeles, Sacramento (and last but not least) San Diego.  The company sells exclusively via online sales, at an average price of $15/three-sock set, plus shipping costs charged to the customer. 

The company currently orders its product from the Chinese sock manufacturer Zhejiang Datang Hosiery Group Co., Ltd in so-called “Sock City.” Socks are shipped via truck to the port of Shanghai, from where they are shipped to the port at Los Angeles-Long Beach via ocean freight. Once offloaded in Los Angeles-Long Beach, the socks are shipped via truck to the Richmond facility. On average, shipment from the manufacturer to the Richmond facility takes 4 weeks.  In addition to the transit time required for shipment, the lead time from when an order is placed with the manufacturer to when it is shipped from Zhejiang is 2 weeks. So, the total lead time is considered to be 6 weeks from when Throx places an order til it reaches the Richmond facility. Historically, the standard deviation of lead time has been 1 week.

Product Orders (Demand) Information

The company provides you with the following information for the past two fiscal years:

Product Forecasting Information

Throx uses two main forecasting methods based on annual data to predict orders for the following year, a weighted moving average and exponential smoothing. They provide you with the following information about forecasts for FY 2015 and FY 2016:

Weighted Moving Average uses Wt = 0.7 and Wt-1 =0.3.

Exponential Smoothing uses α = 0.8.

Inventory Management Information

The initial inventory for all sock styles combined at the beginning of FY 2017 is 3,500 units. You also have information on current costs, which includes:

·        Order cost to Throx for an order placed with its current supplier, $/order = S = $400

·        Holding cost per set per per year = H = $6

·        The company currently pays $5 for each set of socks. = P

The company uses a continuous review replenishment policy, and has IT systems in place that allow constant monitoring of key information. Last year, the company used an ROP under this policy of 1,450 units for all sock styles and an order quantity Q of 4,000 units for all sock styles. 

Potential Alternatives to Current Supply Chain Management

The company has asked you to evaluate a number of alternatives to their current SCM practices, including at a minimum their choice of supplier, transportation modes, warehouse capacity, order quantities and safety stock.

Alternative Suppliers

The company has contacted potential alternative suppliers in China, who have offered the following information relative to the current supplier:

To keep their order management simple, Throx wants to use a single-sourcing strategy, so they want a recommendation about which supplier would be best.

Alternative Transportation

An alternative to their current transportation approach available to Throx is shipment by UPS Express Air from Shanghai to Richmond, which averages 3.5 days. The comparison of costs is given as:

* No data are available about variation in transit times, so Throx assumes this is constant.

Similar to their decision about sourcing, Throx wants to use a single-sourcing strategy for transportation, so they want a recommendation about which mode would be best.

Alternative Warehouse Location

The company would also like to assess whether its current warehouse location is appropriate based on where customers are located. It provides you the following information about its key markets, and indicates that its orders in each market are roughly proportional to the total population.