Discuss Mass-Merchandiser Retail Industry

Deliverable Length: 1,750 – 2,000 words
Details: Post a draft of your Key Assignment (your final Key Assignment will be due in Week 5). Make sure to use the scenario and outline structure as shown below (this is the same scenario and outline structure as also described for your final Key Assignment due in Week 5):

You are a consultant for the ABC consulting group. Your firm has been contacted by a XYZ Venture Capital Group, which is seeking a consulting outfit to give advice on where (which companies) it might make a significant investment. XYZ has no preference for investing in the service or manufacturing sector but does believe that operational excellence can lead to permanent value creation and superior profit and ROE performance. Because other consulting firms are also bidding on this large consulting project, XYZ has asked your firm to pick any 2 for-profit firms from one of the industries listed below, and to analyze them from an operations management perspective. XYZ will then compare your consulting firm’s depth and quality of analysis with other consulting outfits to finalize the consulting group. It will then perform an actual investigation.

XYZ has asked you to address the following in a “white paper,” using the outline structure demonstrated below.

Select 1 of the following industries, and then choose 2 companies within the industry you selected:

  1. United States steel industry
  2. Home movie-rental industry
  3. Mass-merchandiser retail industry
  4. Fast-food industry
  5. United States passenger airline industry
  6. Small package-delivery industry

I. Introduction

  • Give a brief description of the industry background (the industry itself, not any particular firm in it).
  • Give a brief description of the history of each firm of the chosen pair, including the market share, sales levels, and profit for the last 5 years.

II. Operational objective

  • Research each firm’s stated mission statement.
  • Narrow that down yourself to an operational objective. For example, an operational objective for a large mass merchandiser may be “to establish and execute a global supply chain to minimize product cost and meet customers’ quality expectations.” (Note: This part is NOT a research question. It is asking you to simply state what the operational objective is.) Another example would be the operational objective of an auto racing track pit crew, which may be something like “accomplish any necessary adjustments/repairs in 16 seconds or less, while also filling the gas tank and changing four tires.”

III. The specific operational challenges of this industry

  • List and discuss at least 3 challenges. As an example, an operational challenge for any U.S. electronic equipment retailer could be political turmoil in a foreign country where products are sourced, leading to unreliable supply. This then might require dual sourcing and/or excess inventories. Another example might be the apparent need for high levels of inventory to keep customer service levels high, which hurts the company’s financial metric of ROE.

IV. Metrics of the industry

  • Research at least 5 operational metrics this industry uses. If you cannot find examples to use, describe 5 metrics they should be using. The text gives numerous examples of these. Also, use the text examples plus your own critical thinking here (i.e., exactly how you would gather the data to calculate these metrics).

V. How has each firm addressed these industry challenges?

  • Identify how each firm has addressed each of the specific industry challenges described in section III. This section should be written in the language of operations management. It should relate what each firm did to specifics in the text, such as work cell design, lean manufacturing techniques, SPC, quick changeover improvement, line balancing, design for manufacturability, and supply chain optimization.

VI. Conclusions for this industry pair

  • Identify which firm is performing better. Specifically, identify why, from an operational perspective, the cycle time is better. Also give specifics regarding the lead time, percentage of customer complaints, reduction in waste, whether the inventory turn is better, customer retention, and so on.
  • Compare each firm’s actual financial performance using metrics such as ROE, sales growth rate, inventory turn, and ROA.

VII. Applicability elsewhere

  • To demonstrate to XYZ V.C. Group how broad ABC’s understanding of operations management is, discuss either the applicability of other industries’ operations management techniques to either of these firms success, or explain how the operations management techniques of either of these firms could be applied in other industries. Examples here could include how all U.S. companies learned the benefits of concurrent product development or JIT systems from the Japanese auto industry. Another example is how buying books and music online has now been widely adopted by most brick-and-mortar retailers.

Here is my outline:

I

Introduction:

The following is an outline of the phase 4 individual project that is due next Monday. The two companies that I will be conducting my research on and presenting will be in the Mass-Merchandiser Retail Industry. I chose this industry because of some of the basic knowledge that I acquired while working in the Garment Industry before it was moved overseas.

The two companies are:

1. Nike Inc.

2. Dollar General Corporation

Description:

1. Nike: Serving the athletic and sports industry, the Nike Inc. is known for manufacturing not only sports gear but equipment as well.

2. Dollar General Corporation: Having more than 7000 stores nationwide Dollar General Corporation is a retailer of various house items which caters to all low, middle and fixed income customers.

Both companies have been doing extremely well and have shown profit every year for the last five years. They are both in the Fortune 500 Companies list.

II

Mission statements:

1. Nike: To Bring Inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.

2. Dollar General Corporation: Serving Others For Customers A Better Life For Shareholders A Superior Return For Employees Respect and Opportunity. (“Fortune 500,” 2011)

Operational objectives for these two companies should be customer service and satisfaction driven.

 

III

The specific operational challenges of the industry:

1. Competition

2. Bad Publicity

3. Quality of products

IV

Metrics of the industry:

1. Loss prevention

2. Profits

3. Irregular products

V

How has each firm addressed the industry challenges?

The challenges have been addressed with stricter guidelines, better preventive inventory control, and addressing all bad publicity.

VI

Conclusion for this industry pair:

Both companies have made the right decisions when it comes to their operations and have shown it by steady income and company growth.

VII

Applicable elsewhere

The retail industry is not a stable industry and it hurts the company when there is bad publicity and endorsements. When dealing with different issues they need to be addressed immediately and handled the proper way. Also having a good product and service keeps customers happy and wanting to come back and shop and or buy their products.

Reference:

submit a proposal of how the research should be carried out and marketing your proposal

Hypothesis Suggestion: Human trafficking can best be combated by defining the characteristics of both victims and traffickers; and working with law enforcement agencies to identify persons of interest with these characteristics.

 

 

 

Remember, you will not be doing/conducting the research. You will be submitting a proposal of how the research should be carried out and marketing your proposal for funding.

 

 

 

This proposal must be professionally written, address all sections identified below, and be consistent with APA formatting guidelines. When writing, use section headings to indicate where the information may be found. Subheadings need not be used, though in long sections, they may facilitate organization. There are no minimum/maximum word count requirements. You are to cover the major points listed in the Grading Rubric found in the Course Materials forum.

 

 

 

1.Introduction: Explain the issue you are examining and why it is significant.

 

 

 

a. Describe the general area being studied.

 

b. Explain why this area is important to the general area under study.

 

c. State your research problem first.

 

d. Explain the background to the research problem.

 

e. State your research questions.

 

f. Justify the proposed study.

 

g. List the issues that emerge from the problem.

 

***I have attached the grading rubric to help guide***

Discuss What sources and forms of power do you personally have access to? Are any denied?

Think about the sources and forms of power you see around you or may have working for you in your life. Below are some questions to stimulate your thinking. You don’t need to answer all questions, or list all sources and forms of power but work with the ones that are most relevant to your experience. Your reflection should be about 5 paragraphs. You can also include photographs and artwork or other illustrations. I’ve also enabled the upload for media recordings.

  • Which of the sources and forms of power do you see on campus, in your workplace, place of worship (if applicable)  and in political issues of interest to you? Is power used in these settings in legitimate or illegitimate ways (or both)?
  • What sources and forms of power do you personally have access to? Are any denied?
  • What power do you have to affect the politics at any level? Have you been involved in politics of community activism of any kind. It’s fine if you have not, but if you share your experience.
  • Consider Prof. Dacher Keltner’s power paradox- the problem that empathy declines as people rise up the chain of command. What are personal examples you have seen of excellent and not so excellent leadership (abuse of power)? Give examples of the sources and forms of power used by these leaders. What are the qualities of a good leader?

What power do you have to affect the politics at any level? Have you been involved in politics of community activism of any kind.

Think about the sources and forms of power you see around you or may have working for you in your life. Below are some questions to stimulate your thinking. You don’t need to answer all questions, or list all sources and forms of power but work with the ones that are most relevant to your experience. Your reflection should be about 5 paragraphs. You can also include photographs and artwork or other illustrations. I’ve also enabled the upload for media recordings.

  • Which of the sources and forms of power do you see on campus, in your workplace, place of worship (if applicable)  and in political issues of interest to you? Is power used in these settings in legitimate or illegitimate ways (or both)?
  • What sources and forms of power do you personally have access to? Are any denied?
  • What power do you have to affect the politics at any level? Have you been involved in politics of community activism of any kind. It’s fine if you have not, but if you share your experience.
  • Consider Prof. Dacher Keltner’s power paradox- the problem that empathy declines as people rise up the chain of command. What are personal examples you have seen of excellent and not so excellent leadership (abuse of power)? Give examples of the sources and forms of power used by these leaders. What are the qualities of a good leader?

Describe and discuss all of the safety hazards described in this setting (after, of course, you have exited the room for your own safety!).

1.

Write a brief paragraph on the physiology of electric shock. Include explanations of organs affected, electric current levels that are dangerous, conditions that aggravate the problem, and why.

Your response should be at least 250 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

2.

A welder has constructed a manifold arrangement for an assortment of oxygen and acetylene cylinders stored together lying on the floor. The manifold pressurizes the gaseous acetylene and depressurizes the oxygen to 50-psig for both. The room smells strongly of nail-polish remover. The welder is wearing greasy gloves and is chipping welding slag from the weld using his torch tip. The welding torch is connected to the manifold by two flexible hoses that are carefully wrapped together with duct tape, completely covering the hoses.

Describe and discuss all of the safety hazards described in this setting (after, of course, you have exited the room for your own safety!).

Your response should be at least 250 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

THE BOOK AND SUBJECT TO CITES IS

 

 

Asfahl, C. R., & Rieske, D. W. (2010). Industrial safety and health management (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

 

Describe Advanced Communications In Society

More Perfect Union Speech

Watch the video of President Obama’s March 18, 2008, speech at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia regarding the role race played in the 2008 presidential campaign. This speech, sometimes dubbed the “More Perfect Union” speech, can be found in several locations on the Web. Two suggested locations are provided below.

After viewing and reading the speech, write a two-to three-page paper in which you respond to the following questions:

  • President Obama chronicles the resentments of blacks and whites and states, “Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze….” (Obama, 2008, para. 36.) Do you think the resentments of each subgroup are valid? Why or why not? Do you agree with his statement that the anger and resentments are counterproductive? Why or why not?
  • In the speech, President Obama quotes William Faulkner, “The past isn’t dead and buried; in fact, it isn’t even past.” (Obama, 2008, para. 27.) What do you think this statement means, and what implications does it have for race relations in the United States?
  • Do you believe a trans-racial society is desirable and possible in the United States? In your opinion, what changes would have to take place in our culture and/or our communications with one another for this societal change to take place?

The paper must be two to three pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least two scholarly sources, the video, and the course text to support your claims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity.

Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity.

1.Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool.

 

 

2.Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity. What are the some positives and negatives you see in the involvement of government in the education system?

 

3.Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs. What is your opinion regarding how far the government should go in providing assistance to those who need these programs?

 

4. How does the United States differ in providing economic security to its citizens from that of the European democracies?

 

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.  You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response.  All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying in-text citations.

 

Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs.

Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs.

1.Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool.

 

 

2.Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity. What are the some positives and negatives you see in the involvement of government in the education system?

 

3.Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs. What is your opinion regarding how far the government should go in providing assistance to those who need these programs?

 

4. How does the United States differ in providing economic security to its citizens from that of the European democracies?

 

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.  You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response.  All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying in-text citations.

 

Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool

Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool

1.Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool.

 

Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool

2.Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity. What are the some positives and negatives you see in the involvement of government in the education system?

 

3.Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs. What is your opinion regarding how far the government should go in providing assistance to those who need these programs?

 

4. How does the United States differ in providing economic security to its citizens from that of the European democracies?

 

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.  You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response.  All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying in-text citations.

 

How does the United States differ in providing economic security to its citizens from that of the European democracies?

 

How does the United States differ in providing economic security to its citizens from that of the European democracies?1.Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool.

 

 

2.Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity. What are the some positives and negatives you see in the involvement of government in the education system?

 

3.Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs. What is your opinion regarding how far the government should go in providing assistance to those who need these programs?

 

4. How does the United States differ in providing economic security to its citizens from that of the European democracies?

 

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.  You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response.  All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying in-text citations.