Impacts of Employee Empowerment and Psychological Safety

Write an analysis that addresses, in 4–5 pages, the following points:• Describe the three employees you interviewed, including their industries and job titles.

• Explain your working definitions of “employee empowerment” and “employee engagement” that are the basis of the interviews.

• Summarize how the interviewees characterized the culture of employee empowerment and engagement within their organizations.

• Analyze how employee empowerment and employee engagement within healthcare organizations compare with other industries.

• Explain your working definition of “psychological safety” that is the basis of the interviews.

• Summarize how the interviewees characterized the presence, absence, and/or degree of psychological safety within their organizations.

• Analyze how psychological safety within healthcare compares with other industries.

• Analyze how degree of psychological safety, employee empowerment, and engagement are positive or negative factors for quality care and safety issues within healthcare.

• From the position of a nurse executive, explain at least two leadership strategies you would recommend for actions to improve or sustain psychological safety, employee empowerment, and engagement within healthcare organizations. Speak generally, or specifically, to your current healthcare organization or one where you have worked in the past.

Complete and submit the Interviewees’ Profile and Confirmation Signature Page, with the full signature of each of the three individuals you interviewed, to confirm each person’s participation.

Written Expression and Formatting Paragraph/Sentence Structure: Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are clearly structured and carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance.

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards: Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation.

Written Expression and Formatting: The assignment follows parenthetical/in-text citations, and at least three (3) evidenced-based references are listed.

Analyze Children’s Health Awareness Presentation

Children’s Health Awareness Presentation

You have been invited to speak at a community event to promote awareness of children’s health and physical activity.  For this assignment, you will create a presentation to educate the parents/families and other community members using factual evidence and examples to provide a sound argument for the inclusion of health and physical education classes within the schools.  In your presentation:

  1. Describe stages of motor development for young children.
  2. Discuss the importance of physical activity for the developing child and provide examples.
  3. Discuss the impact that families and the community can have on children’s health and physical activity.
  4. Identify at least three examples of physical activities and at least three examples of healthy eating practices that families can implement at home.
  5. Identify at least three local resources for families to make healthy lifestyle choices within your own community (e.g. a local 5K race, farmer’s market, sports programs, drug rehabilitation).

Other requirements:

  1. Include evidence from two to three outside sources that support the relationship between regular physical activity and children’s health.
  2. Use at least three graphics (pictures, clipart, chart, table, etc.) to support your presentation.

You may write a three- to four-page paper (excluding the title and reference page), but you are encouraged to present your information using other creative means like a three- to five-minute video or an eight- to ten-slide PowerPoint presentation or another web-based presentation tool like PreziJing, or Brainshark. Your assignment must be in APA format.

Discuss between Habeas Corpus And The War On Terror

An assumption made by the Bush administration in selecting this location was that it was beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. courts. The administration wanted to avoid any judicial oversight of how it handled detainees, characterized as “enemy combatants.” A possible legal challenge to indefinite detention with no formal charges or judicial proceedings might arise from the habeas corpus provision of the Constitution.

Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution states, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.” Under this provision, persons detained by the government are entitled to a judicial hearing to determine if there is any legal basis for their detention. Some legal commentators refer to the right of habeas corpus as the “great writ of liberty” because it is a prisoner’s ultimate recourse to an impartial judge to review the possibility that he is being held illegally by the executive (e.g., the police or the military). In nations that do not honor habeas corpus, people simply disappear into prisons without ever having their day in court.

Several controversial Supreme Court cases have come out of GITMO. One fundamental question that has been debated, but not clearly resolved, is to what extent the war on terror justifies the President’s indefinite detention of “enemy combatants” without the possibility of the minimal judicial review protected by habeas corpus? Another issue in the debate is to what extent Congress must clearly authorize the President to conduct extra-judicial detentions in order for them to be legal? In 2008, the Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush offered some answers to these questions. However, the deeply divided 5-4 Court and the likelihood of the protracted nature of the war on terror suggest that debate around these important questions will continue.

Before writing your initial post, review the assigned resources. To easily access the resources from the Ashford University Library, please see the table located in the Course Materials section.

The purpose of this forum is for you to share and discuss with classmates your understanding of some of the academic literature about this subject in order to help you write the Final Paper in the course. Your initial post will have two parts. Fully respond to both parts of the question, and write in your own words.

  • In 150 to 200 words, summarize, in your own words, one of the academic articles required for this discussion (from Section 5 of the assigned resources). Select an article from the list that you think may be a source for your final essay. Read it carefully and try to understand the author’s main points that may be relevant to your final essay. First, give the full APA citation for the article. Then, summarize the relevant main points and explain the author’s reasoning as you understand it. At the end of your summary, ask one question about a specific point in the article that you do not understand and would like some help with (refer to a page number).
  • In 50 to 75 words, state what you believe the thesis of your Final Paper will be. State the thesis as clearly and fully as you can. Draw upon what you have learned from all the required resources you reviewed for this discussion. While you can change your mind about your thesis when you actually write the Final Paper, use this discussion forum as a serious opportunity to try out a thesis and receive feedback from your peers.

Describe Asian Foreign Policy

Review: Full, Anonymous: No

 

 

American Government II

 

Asian Foreign Policy

 

President Obama has announced his intention to make Asia the focus of his future foreign policy.

 

  • Write a 2 to 3 page, APA style paper, explaining why you believe the President is correct or incorrect in focusing on Asia in his foreign policy (and why). Include the opposing position along with your rebuttal of that opposing position (and why).
  • For instance, if you write a paper where you state that the President is correct to focus on Asia in his foreign policy (and why), then the opposing position would be that the President is incorrect to focus on Asia in his foreign policy (and why).
  • Include a title page and 3-5 references.  Only one of your references may be found online (not Wikipedia).  The other references must be found in the Grantham University online library. Please see the rubric below.

 

 

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly presents well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Uses proper mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling 10
Total 100

 

explain why you believe the President is correct or incorrect in focusing on Asia in his foreign policy (and why).

explain why you believe the President is correct or incorrect in focusing on Asia in his foreign policy (and why).

Review: Full, Anonymous: No

 

 

American Government II

 

Asian Foreign Policy

 

President Obama has announced his intention to make Asia the focus of his future foreign policy.

 

  • Write a 2 to 3 page, APA style paper, explaining why you believe the President is correct or incorrect in focusing on Asia in his foreign policy (and why). Include the opposing position along with your rebuttal of that opposing position (and why).
  • For instance, if you write a paper where you state that the President is correct to focus on Asia in his foreign policy (and why), then the opposing position would be that the President is incorrect to focus on Asia in his foreign policy (and why).
  • Include a title page and 3-5 references.  Only one of your references may be found online (not Wikipedia).  The other references must be found in the Grantham University online library. Please see the rubric below.

 

 

Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points
Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40
Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20
Clearly presents well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30
Uses proper mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling 10
Total 100

 

explore the political issue of abortion.

PRE- APPROVED TOPICS:  Essay Approval is not required if one of the following topics is used: abortion, death penalty, legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, stem cell research, gun rights, tax reform, lowering legal age of alcohol consumption, and immigration reform.

-The Political issue essays are expected to highlight both sides of a political issue. Students are allowed to take a political standpoint as long as both sides of the political issue are explored. For example, a student may want to explore the political issue of abortion. A student should provide a very brief historical perspective of abortion and explore both the pro-life and pro-choice political perspectives. Finally, students can argue whether they feel that abortion is appropriate or under which conditions and circumstances that abortion is acceptable or unacceptable.

Papers may be refused if they do not adhere to the following basic requirements:

-The essay should be at least 1000 words in standard academic format

-12pt. Times New Roman Font, and double spaced formatting.

-Students are required to utilize at least three academic resources (There is a link to Galileo from the course home page- wikipedia and ask.com are not academic resources).

-The paper must be in MLA format.

-All essays must be in a word document format (.doc or .docx)

Penalties- If a paper is not submitted by the deadline then the paper is considered late. Papers will be accepted at any time prior to the deadline.

Scoring Rubric for Political Issue Essay:

The following information is intended to supply students with a clear understanding of the Political Issue Essay expectations and grading rubric. The Essay is worth 250 points with a breakdown as follows: Content 100 Points, Formatting 50 Points, Resources 50 Points, and Deadline 50 points.

Quality of Content (100 points)

(100 Points) The essay has a clear grasp of the political issue and provides convincing support from the various readings regarding both sides of the issue. The writer demonstrates a strong command of the language through a variety of sentence structures, word choices, quotes or paraphrases from the readings (consistently cited correctly). Control of usage and mechanics, despite occasional flaws, contributes to the writer’s ability to communicate the purpose of the paper. The writer thoroughly understands the concepts/theories involved.

(80 Points) The essay presents a clear understanding of the topic. A complete mastery of the theories may not be fully indicated with the use of quotes or paraphrases, but the writer provides enough supporting details to illustrate both sides of the political issue is understood. The quotes and paraphrases from the readings are used appropriately and cited correctly. There are occasional errors in usage and mechanics, but they do not excessively interfere with the writer’s ability to communicate the purpose of the paper.

(60 Points) The essay presents a basic understanding of the topic. The writer may or may not have completed all of the required readings and utilizes generalizations. The quotes and paraphrases from the readings are used appropriately and cited correctly. Command of the theories and major aspects of the political issue under consideration is weak. Sentence structure tends to be repetitious, and errors in usage and mechanics sometimes interfere with the writer’s ability to communicate the purpose of the paper.
(40 Points) The essay may address the major political issue; however, the plan of development is usually not carried out. This indicates the writer may have spent little time with the readings or thinking about the political issue. The writer provides support that tends to be illogical. Sentence structure is simplistic, repetitious and occasionally awkward. Language is often inappropriate in tone, or style. Errors in usage and mechanics are frequent.

(20 Points) The paper presents a weak understanding of a political issue. Support, if any, tends to be rambling and superficial. The quotes and paraphrases from the readings are used inappropriately and cited incorrectly Sentence structure is difficult to follow and errors in usage and mechanics interfere with the writer’s ability to communicate the purpose of the paper.
Quality of Formatting (50)
(50 Points) The essay used proper MLA formatting throughout the work including in-text citations and works cited page.
(25 Points) The essay is clearly formatted, but it does not have MLA formatting appropriately throughout the work. The in-text citations and works cited page are not adequately formatted in a consistent manner.
(0 Points) The essay is not formatted according to MLA or any discerning standard
Quality of Resources (50)
(50 Points) The essay used a minimum of 3 quality academic resources in a meaningful manner throughout the paper

Discuss What are the opportunities and challenges of being a supplier to an internationally based mass merchandiser?

Task Type: Individual Project   Deliverable Length: 1,800–2,250 words + section IV in Excel template
Points Possible: 150   Due Date: 6/16/2014 11:59:59 PM  CT [removed]

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Key Assignment Draft

The rough draft must be a completed paper, with APA formatting, all 7 sections complete (using Roman numerals of each section per the outline), references, and good grammar.

You were recently hired as the VP of Logistics for the ABC Manufacturing Company. This is a new position. During the lengthy interview process, the CEO shared her strategic plans for worldwide growth in the company’s consumer sales. Previously, sales had been confined to domestic sales only. As a result of little staff logistics expertise, the company had kept the traditional logistics model of shipping all finished products from its warehouse and factory location on the East Coast of the United States, even though there was a growing market on the West Coast that competition was serving from a West Coast warehouse. However, the CEO pointed out that despite its national popularity from a feature and quality perspective, it seemed to penetrate poorly on the West Coast because of her need to charge higher prices as the result of higher shipping costs.

The marketing manager tried to mitigate this competitive disadvantage by freight equalization so that end customers would pay the same amount of shipping costs as West Coast competition charged, regardless of where they were located. This met with some insignificant success because timeliness of delivery was another important issue. Therefore, the CEO had asked you, as your first assignment, to write a white paper to address the following specific points. She remembered that you had quite a bit of experience addressing some or all of these issues during your career. As a stickler for formatting, she has specifically asked you to use the following Roman numeral sections and headings in the paper:

Section I: Introduction (300 words)

  1. In general, what are the qualitative pros and cons for domestic sales of having multiple distribution centers and shipping locations in the United States?
  2. In general, what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S. manufacturing location warehouse?
  3. What are the opportunities and challenges of being a supplier to an internationally based mass merchandiser?

Section II: Decision-Making Criteria (500–750 words)

The CEO is considering either expanding the warehouse next to the East Coast manufacturing plant; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a West Coast distribution center; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a combination manufacturing and warehouse location on the West Coast. As a completely separate issue, she is also considering opening a distribution center overseas, to serve the fast-growing warm weather markets of France and Spain.

Given the following general information, what are at least 10 criteria that must be considered when locating a new or expanded shipping warehouse domestically? Internationally?

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. As a result, no matter what mode of shipping is used, transportation firms charge by space, or cubic feet, rather than weight, which is the more normal method.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components, which are all produced by suppliers solely on the East Coast.
  3. The market is very competitive with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices because of this competition.
  4. In states and countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in countries and states that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  5. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the East Coast suppliers currently represents 20% of total raw material costs.
  6. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually.
  7. Right now, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 for anything up to half a truckload.
  8. The current exchange rate is 1 euro = $1.50.

Section III: Metrics to Assess Success (300–400 words)

  1. Identify and describe at least 5 metrics that you would use to assess the success of any logistics plan involving you as a manufacturer and an internationally based mass merchandiser.
  2. Why did you pick these?

Section IV: Quantitative Factors (Excel Spreadsheet)

What is your quantitatively based recommendation based on the data in section II and below as to whether you should open a West Coast distribution center to address West Coast customers, just add on to the existing East Coast factory and warehouse, or build a combination West Coast manufacturing location and warehouse?

Use this template to show your numeric calculations. Without calculations shown for how you reached your conclusion, section IV will earn 0 points. REMEMBER: Decisions like this are based on a comparison of option A versus current methods, or option B versus current methods.

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. Each cooler occupies 2 cubic feet of trailer truck space; trailers are 10 x 10 x 40’ long and cost $1,000 to ship from the East Coast to the West Coast.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components: 1 lb of raw material A, 1/4 lb of raw material B, and 1 gallon of material C, weighing 10 lbs. Based on this information, the added freight cost to get raw materials to a West Coast manufacturing location would be $0.20, $0.20, and $0.60 per finished-good unit, respectively.
  3. The mass merchandiser location on the West Coast will be purchasing 10,000 units per week, but in lots of only 1,000 at a time because of their retail store space constraints.
  4. The market is very competitive, with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices.
  5. In countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in southern countries and states or those that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  6. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the suppliers to the manufacturing plant represents 20% of total raw material costs. These raw materials are supplied in the United States from the East Coast; they are not available elsewhere.
  7. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually in France and Spain, but only 2% in Northern European countries.
  8. In the past, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO agreed to freight equalize customer shipping charges to be competitive with West Coast competition. She says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 per delivery for anything up to half-truckload quantities.

Section V: nonquantitative Factors (400–500 words)

Identify at least 5 subjective, nonquantitative factors to also consider in the section IV recommendation.

Section VI: Conclusion (200–300 words)

What are the 35 most important points that you want the CEO to understand about this entire decision-making process?

Please submit your assignment.

what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S.

Task Type: Individual Project   Deliverable Length: 1,800–2,250 words + section IV in Excel template
Points Possible: 150   Due Date: 6/16/2014 11:59:59 PM  CT [removed]

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Key Assignment Draft

The rough draft must be a completed paper, with APA formatting, all 7 sections complete (using Roman numerals of each section per the outline), references, and good grammar.

You were recently hired as the VP of Logistics for the ABC Manufacturing Company. This is a new position. During the lengthy interview process, the CEO shared her strategic plans for worldwide growth in the company’s consumer sales. Previously, sales had been confined to domestic sales only. As a result of little staff logistics expertise, the company had kept the traditional logistics model of shipping all finished products from its warehouse and factory location on the East Coast of the United States, even though there was a growing market on the West Coast that competition was serving from a West Coast warehouse. However, the CEO pointed out that despite its national popularity from a feature and quality perspective, it seemed to penetrate poorly on the West Coast because of her need to charge higher prices as the result of higher shipping costs.

The marketing manager tried to mitigate this competitive disadvantage by freight equalization so that end customers would pay the same amount of shipping costs as West Coast competition charged, regardless of where they were located. This met with some insignificant success because timeliness of delivery was another important issue. Therefore, the CEO had asked you, as your first assignment, to write a white paper to address the following specific points. She remembered that you had quite a bit of experience addressing some or all of these issues during your career. As a stickler for formatting, she has specifically asked you to use the following Roman numeral sections and headings in the paper:

Section I: Introduction (300 words)

  1. In general, what are the qualitative pros and cons for domestic sales of having multiple distribution centers and shipping locations in the United States?
  2. In general, what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S. manufacturing location warehouse?
  3. What are the opportunities and challenges of being a supplier to an internationally based mass merchandiser?

Section II: Decision-Making Criteria (500–750 words)

The CEO is considering either expanding the warehouse next to the Ea what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S. st Coast manufacturing plant; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a West Coast distribution center; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a combination manufacturing and warehouse location on the West Coast. As a completely separate issue, she is also considering opening a distribution center overseas, to serve the fast-growing warm weather markets of France and Spain.

Given the following general information, what are at least 10 criteria that must be considered when locating a new or expanded shipping warehouse domestically? Internationally?

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. As a result, no matter what mode of shipping is used, transportation firms charge by space, or cubic feet, rather than weight, which is the more normal method.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components, which are all produced by suppliers solely on the East Coast.
  3. The market is very competitive with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices because of this competition.
  4. In states and countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in countries and states that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  5. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the East Coast suppliers currently represents 20% of total raw material costs.
  6. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually.
  7. Right now, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 for anything up to half a truckload.
  8. The current exchange rate is 1 euro = $1.50.

Section III: Metrics to Assess Success (300–400 words)

  1. Identify and describe at least 5 metrics that you would use to assess the success of any logistics plan involving you as a manufacturer and an internationally based mass merchandiser.
  2. Why did you pick these?

Section IV: Quantitative Factors (Excel Spreadsheet)

What is your quantitatively based recommendation based on the data in section II and below as to whether you should open a West Coast distribution center to address West Coast customers, just add on to the existing East Coast factory and warehouse, or build a combination West Coast manufacturing location and warehouse?

Use this template to show your numeric calculations. Without calculations shown for how you reached your conclusion, section IV will earn 0 points. REMEMBER: Decisions like this are based on a comparison of option A versus current methods, or option B versus current methods.

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. Each cooler occupies 2 cubic feet of trailer truck space; trailers are 10 x 10 x 40’ long and cost $1,000 to ship from the East Coast to the West Coast.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components: 1 lb of raw material A, 1/4 lb of raw material B, and 1 gallon of material C, weighing 10 lbs. Based on this information, the added freight cost to get raw materials to a West Coast manufacturing location would be $0.20, $0.20, and $0.60 per finished-good unit, respectively.
  3. The mass merchandiser location on the West Coast will be purchasing 10,000 units per week, but in lots of only 1,000 at a time because of their retail store space constraints.
  4. The market is very competitive, with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices.
  5. In countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in southern countries and states or those that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  6. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the suppliers to the manufacturing plant represents 20% of total raw material costs. These raw materials are supplied in the United States from the East Coast; they are not available elsewhere.
  7. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually in France and Spain, but only 2% in Northern European countries.
  8. In the past, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO agreed to freight equalize customer shipping charges to be competitive with West Coast competition. She says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 per delivery for anything up to half-truckload quantities.

Section V: nonquantitative Factors (400–500 words)

Identify at least 5 subjective, nonquantitative factors to also consider in the section IV recommendation.

Section VI: Conclusion (200–300 words)

What are the 35 most important points that you want the CEO to understand about this entire decision-making process?

Please submit your assignment.

Discuss what are the qualitative pros and cons for domestic sales of having multiple distribution centers and shipping locations in the United States?

Task Type: Individual Project   Deliverable Length: 1,800–2,250 words + section IV in Excel template
Points Possible: 150   Due Date: 6/16/2014 11:59:59 PM  CT [removed]

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Key Assignment Draft

The rough draft must be a completed paper, with APA formatting, all 7 sections complete (using Roman numerals of each section per the outline), references, and good grammar.

You were recently hired as the VP of Logistics for the ABC Manufacturing Company. This is a new position. During the lengthy interview process, the CEO shared her strategic plans for worldwide growth in the company’s consumer sales. Previously, sales had been confined to domestic sales only. As a result of little staff logistics expertise, the company had kept the traditional logistics model of shipping all finished products from its warehouse and factory location on the East Coast of the United States, even though there was a growing market on the West Coast that competition was serving from a West Coast warehouse. However, the CEO pointed out that despite its national popularity from a feature and quality perspective, it seemed to penetrate poorly on the West Coast because of her need to charge higher prices as the result of higher shipping costs.

The marketing manager tried to mitigate this competitive disadvantage by freight equalization so that end customers would pay the same amount of shipping costs as West Coast competition charged, regardless of where they were located. This met with some insignificant success because timeliness of delivery was another important issue. Therefore, the CEO had asked you, as your first assignment, to write a white paper to address the following specific points. She remembered that you had quite a bit of experience addressing some or all of these issues during your career. As a stickler for formatting, she has specifically asked you to use the following Roman numeral sections and headings in the paper:

Section I: Introduction (300 words)

  1. In general, what are the qualitative pros and cons for domestic sales of having multiple distribution centers and shipping locations in the United States?
  2. In general, what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S. manufacturing location warehouse?
  3. What are the opportunities and challenges of being a supplier to an internationally based mass merchandiser?

Section II: Decision-Making Criteria (500–750 words)

The CEO is considering either expanding the warehouse next to the East Coast manufacturing plant; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a West Coast distribution center; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a combination manufacturing and warehouse location on the West Coast. As a completely separate issue, she is also considering opening a distribution center overseas, to serve the fast-growing warm weather markets of France and Spain.

Given the following general information, what are at least 10 criteria that must be considered when locating a new or expanded shipping warehouse domestically? Internationally?

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. As a result, no matter what mode of shipping is used, transportation firms charge by space, or cubic feet, rather than weight, which is the more normal method.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components, which are all produced by suppliers solely on the East Coast.
  3. The market is very competitive with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices because of this competition.
  4. In states and countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in countries and states that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  5. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the East Coast suppliers currently represents 20% of total raw material costs.
  6. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually.
  7. Right now, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 for anything up to half a truckload.
  8. The current exchange rate is 1 euro = $1.50.

Section III: Metrics to Assess Success (300–400 words)

  1. Identify and describe at least 5 metrics that you would use to assess the success of any logistics plan involving you as a manufacturer and an internationally based mass merchandiser.
  2. Why did you pick these?

Section IV: Quantitative Factors (Excel Spreadsheet)

What is your quantitatively based recommendation based on the data in section II and below as to whether you should open a West Coast distribution center to address West Coast customers, just add on to the existing East Coast factory and warehouse, or build a combination West Coast manufacturing location and warehouse?

Use this template to show your numeric calculations. Without calculations shown for how you reached your conclusion, section IV will earn 0 points. REMEMBER: Decisions like this are based on a comparison of option A versus current methods, or option B versus current methods.

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. Each cooler occupies 2 cubic feet of trailer truck space; trailers are 10 x 10 x 40’ long and cost $1,000 to ship from the East Coast to the West Coast.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components: 1 lb of raw material A, 1/4 lb of raw material B, and 1 gallon of material C, weighing 10 lbs. Based on this information, the added freight cost to get raw materials to a West Coast manufacturing location would be $0.20, $0.20, and $0.60 per finished-good unit, respectively.
  3. The mass merchandiser location on the West Coast will be purchasing 10,000 units per week, but in lots of only 1,000 at a time because of their retail store space constraints.
  4. The market is very competitive, with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices.
  5. In countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in southern countries and states or those that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  6. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the suppliers to the manufacturing plant represents 20% of total raw material costs. These raw materials are supplied in the United States from the East Coast; they are not available elsewhere.
  7. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually in France and Spain, but only 2% in Northern European countries.
  8. In the past, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO agreed to freight equalize customer shipping charges to be competitive with West Coast competition. She says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 per delivery for anything up to half-truckload quantities.

Section V: nonquantitative Factors (400–500 words)

Identify at least 5 subjective, nonquantitative factors to also consider in the section IV recommendation.

Section VI: Conclusion (200–300 words)

What are the 35 most important points that you want the CEO to understand about this entire decision-making process?

Please submit your assignment.

Discuss Quantitative Factors (Excel Spreadsheet)

Task Type: Individual Project   Deliverable Length: 1,800–2,250 words + section IV in Excel template
Points Possible: 150   Due Date: 6/16/2014 11:59:59 PM  CT [removed]

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Key Assignment Draft

The rough draft must be a completed paper, with APA formatting, all 7 sections complete (using Roman numerals of each section per the outline), references, and good grammar.

You were recently hired as the VP of Logistics for the ABC Manufacturing Company. This is a new position. During the lengthy interview process, the CEO shared her strategic plans for worldwide growth in the company’s consumer sales. Previously, sales had been confined to domestic sales only. As a result of little staff logistics expertise, the company had kept the traditional logistics model of shipping all finished products from its warehouse and factory location on the East Coast of the United States, even though there was a growing market on the West Coast that competition was serving from a West Coast warehouse. However, the CEO pointed out that despite its national popularity from a feature and quality perspective, it seemed to penetrate poorly on the West Coast because of her need to charge higher prices as the result of higher shipping costs.

The marketing manager tried to mitigate this competitive disadvantage by freight equalization so that end customers would pay the same amount of shipping costs as West Coast competition charged, regardless of where they were located. This met with some insignificant success because timeliness of delivery was another important issue. Therefore, the CEO had asked you, as your first assignment, to write a white paper to address the following specific points. She remembered that you had quite a bit of experience addressing some or all of these issues during your career. As a stickler for formatting, she has specifically asked you to use the following Roman numeral sections and headings in the paper:

Section I: Introduction (300 words)

  1. In general, what are the qualitative pros and cons for domestic sales of having multiple distribution centers and shipping locations in the United States?
  2. In general, what are qualitative pros and cons of having one or more international distribution centers for international sales, as opposed to shipping directly from a U.S. manufacturing location warehouse?
  3. What are the opportunities and challenges of being a supplier to an internationally based mass merchandiser?

Section II: Decision-Making Criteria (500–750 words)

The CEO is considering either expanding the warehouse next to the East Coast manufacturing plant; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a West Coast distribution center; or for the same total construction and operating costs, building a combination manufacturing and warehouse location on the West Coast. As a completely separate issue, she is also considering opening a distribution center overseas, to serve the fast-growing warm weather markets of France and Spain.

Given the following general information, what are at least 10 criteria that must be considered when locating a new or expanded shipping warehouse domestically? Internationally?

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. As a result, no matter what mode of shipping is used, transportation firms charge by space, or cubic feet, rather than weight, which is the more normal method.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components, which are all produced by suppliers solely on the East Coast.
  3. The market is very competitive with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices because of this competition.
  4. In states and countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in countries and states that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  5. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the East Coast suppliers currently represents 20% of total raw material costs.
  6. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually.
  7. Right now, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 for anything up to half a truckload.
  8. The current exchange rate is 1 euro = $1.50.

Section III: Metrics to Assess Success (300–400 words)

  1. Identify and describe at least 5 metrics that you would use to assess the success of any logistics plan involving you as a manufacturer and an internationally based mass merchandiser.
  2. Why did you pick these?

Section IV: Quantitative Factors (Excel Spreadsheet)

What is your quantitatively based recommendation based on the data in section II and below as to whether you should open a West Coast distribution center to address West Coast customers, just add on to the existing East Coast factory and warehouse, or build a combination West Coast manufacturing location and warehouse?

Use this template to show your numeric calculations. Without calculations shown for how you reached your conclusion, section IV will earn 0 points. REMEMBER: Decisions like this are based on a comparison of option A versus current methods, or option B versus current methods.

  1. The products are primarily medium- and large-size insulated coolers, like you might use for a picnic or trip to the beach. Each cooler occupies 2 cubic feet of trailer truck space; trailers are 10 x 10 x 40’ long and cost $1,000 to ship from the East Coast to the West Coast.
  2. The coolers are made of 3 components: 1 lb of raw material A, 1/4 lb of raw material B, and 1 gallon of material C, weighing 10 lbs. Based on this information, the added freight cost to get raw materials to a West Coast manufacturing location would be $0.20, $0.20, and $0.60 per finished-good unit, respectively.
  3. The mass merchandiser location on the West Coast will be purchasing 10,000 units per week, but in lots of only 1,000 at a time because of their retail store space constraints.
  4. The market is very competitive, with generally stable or decreasing marketplace prices.
  5. In countries that are warm year-round, sales are pretty steady; in southern countries and states or those that have seasons, 90% of sales occur in the May–August period.
  6. The raw materials to make this product are bulky, and inbound shipping from the suppliers to the manufacturing plant represents 20% of total raw material costs. These raw materials are supplied in the United States from the East Coast; they are not available elsewhere.
  7. Domestic demand is expected to increase 5% annually; international demand is expected to increase 15% annually in France and Spain, but only 2% in Northern European countries.
  8. In the past, to keep West Coast customers happy, the CEO agreed to freight equalize customer shipping charges to be competitive with West Coast competition. She says that they only charge those customers the local freight cost of shipping, which is $200 per delivery for anything up to half-truckload quantities.

Section V: nonquantitative Factors (400–500 words)

Identify at least 5 subjective, nonquantitative factors to also consider in the section IV recommendation.

Section VI: Conclusion (200–300 words)

What are the 35 most important points that you want the CEO to understand about this entire decision-making process?

Please submit your assignment.