Overview The purpose of this discussion exercise is to provide you with a forum

Overview
The purpose of this discussion exercise is to provide you with a forum to discuss your newly discovered production and operations management concepts considering current issues and real business situations. This is a practice ground for ensuring that your reasoning and foundation of these concepts are secure. This portion of the course requires you to interact with your fellow classmates and critique their submissions.
NOTE THAT ALL THESE TOPICS REFER TO THE OPERATIONS FUNCTION OF A BUSINESS, TO MANUFACTURE A PRODUCT OR CREATE A SERVICE. WE ALL KNOW THAT THESE TOPICS MAY BE USED IN OTHER BUSINESS FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS IN MARKETING OR FINANCE, BUT FOR THE DISCUSSIONS IN THIS COURSE, PLEASE FOCUS ON OPERATIONS EXAMPLES AND ARTICLES.
DIRECTIONS
Concept to complete:
Advantages and methods of sourcing products with “Green” considerations
Then find a current event in an article from the resources below to illustrate that concept:
https://www.wsj.com/
https://ominthenews.com/
http://www.logisticsworld.com/
https://manufacturingdigital.com/
https://www.industryweek.com/
Analysis Post:
After reviewing and analyzing at least one of the current events articles, compose an analysis of that event or situation using the unit operations concept that you selected. Note: Remember to focus upon your selected operations concept in your analysis. (See attached Analysis form templete)

Several challenges have impacted the food supply chains in the United States. Su

Several challenges have impacted the food supply chains in the United States. Supermarkets such
as Kroger Company (KC) and Albertsons (AL) are managing food supply chains, labor
shortages, and inflation challenges. In addition, KC has made an offer to acquire AL.
Article 1: “Closing of Kroger, Albertsons, C&S Deal Postponed,” Link:https://www.wsj.com/business/retail/closing-of-kroger-albertsons-c-s-deal-postponed-6c2d019a?mod=retail_more_article_pos14
Article 2: “Kroger and Albertsons Plan to Sell 413 Stores, Kroger Gains Supply Chain
Efficiencies,” Link: https://www.supplychainbrain.com/articles/38080-kr…
Article 3: “Kroger Says Supermarket Sales Are Under Pressure as Shoppers Pull Back” Link:
https://www.wsj.com/business/retail/kroger-kr-2q-e… Article 4: “How Kroger Beat the Supply Chain Crisis,” Link:
https://progressivegrocer.com/how-kroger-beat-supp…
Overview of Kroger: https://www.thekrogerco.com/
Overview of Albertsons: https://www.albertsons.com/
For this assignment, please focus on the potential merger of KC and AL.
• Discuss how KC could use the Supply Chain Umbrella to complete a successful merger
with AL.
• Discuss how new purchasing policies could be implemented to improve supplier
performance if the KCAL merger is approved.
• Describe how KC could improve the effectiveness of the sourcing team if the merger
with AL is approved.
• Discuss how KCAL could use supply chain integration to gain a competitive advantage
in 2024. The report should be developed in APA format. Please use the sources provided above.

Week 1: Supply Chain and Reverse Logistics Overview Review Chapter 10 in the boo

Week 1: Supply Chain and Reverse Logistics Overview
Review Chapter 10 in the book,
Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy: Methods and Applications for Planning, Operations, Integration, Control and Improvement, and Network Design
by Paul Myerson
Publisher: Pearson
Release Date: April 2015
ISBN: 9780133994261
https://apus.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma991002259647805031&context=L&vid=01APUS_INST:01APUS&lang=en&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=Everything&query=any,contains,Supply%20Chain%20and%20Logistics%20Management%20Made%20Easy:%20Methods%20and%20Applications%20for%20Planning%20%20Operations%20%20Integration%20%20Control%20and%20Improvement%20%20and%20Network%20Design&offset=0
Individual Assignment
This assignment is an introduction to college-level essay writing. Create an essay in APA format. Check the examples in the library writing resources and brush up on writing skills. Develop an essay of two to four pages, excluding title and reference page. Create an introduction using APA section title, repeating the title page byline. Then, use 1st and 2nd level section titles to create topics from the reading. Within each section title (topic) develop essay points by combining information from two or more library articles. Select topics from the course readings. Introduce the topic by paraphrasing information from the class reading. Then, search the library for articles on the topics selected from the class reading. Paraphrasing information from resources (class material and library articles) is a good way to demonstrate understanding of course objectives. Remember to match the title page format, section titles, citations, and references in APA format. Match each type to examples in the library writing resources.
APA Formatting required.
APA GUIDELINES
University of California Berkeley Library APA Style Citation
Purdue University APA Formatting and Style Guide
RESEARCH and WRITING
APUS Online Library Tutorial Center
PLAGIARISM
Avoiding accidental and intentional plagiarism

The case study link is provided below for the Case Study 1. Read and study the c

The case study link is provided below for the Case Study 1. Read and study the case and complete the questions at the end of the study. Use the case study outline below to assist you with your analysis. Questions should be answered using case study format. Ensure that you adequately explain the problem, describe alternative solutions and justify your recommendation. This exercise should be able to be completed in approximately 3-6 doubled space pages. Attached completed Case Study #1 as a MS Word document in the assignment area of the classroom – Case Study #1.
Case Study 1
Case Study Outline (see Outline for Case Analysis below)
OUTLINE FOR CASE ANALYSIS
Title Page (APA formatted)
Case Name:
I. Major Facts
(State here the major facts as you see them. Make statements clear and concise for your own understanding as well as for the understanding of the other students and the instructor.)
II. Major Problem
(State here the major problem as you see it. Emphasize the present major problem. You may wish to phrase your statement in the form of a question. In a few cases, there may be more than one major problem. A good problem statement will be concise, usually only one sentence.)
III. Possible Solutions
A. (List here the possible solutions to the major problem. Let your imagination come up with alternative ways to solve the problem.
B. Do not limit yourself to only one or two possible solutions. These solutions should be distinct from each other.
C. However, you may wish to include portions of one solution in another solution, as long as each solution stands alone. Only in this manner will your subsequent choice be definitive.
D. Briefly note advantages and disadvantages of each possible solution.)
etc.
IV. Choice and Rationale
(State here your choice, A or B or ___ and the detailed reasons for your choice. You may also state your reasons for not choosing the other alternative solutions.)
V. Implementation
(Prepare a plan to implement your choice)
Appendix (Answer case study questions)
Reference Page (APA formatted)

Overview The objective of this assessment is to develop a clear plan to guide th

Overview
The objective of this assessment is to develop a clear plan to guide the digital transformation of supply chain operations businesses in a poster format and a summary description.
Learning Outcomes
The targeted Course Learning Outcomes for this assessment are:
CLO1: Improve business logistics and supply chain management operations through the effective implementation of technology.  CLO2: Identify and evaluate supply chain design issues, including ethical issues, and generate effective and sustainable technology solutions.  Assessment details
The objective of this assessment is to develop a clear plan to guide the digital transformation of supply chain operations businesses in a poster format along with a written description summary.
Since the supply chain is big and complex, for the purposes of this assignment, you should focus on one aspect of the supply chain, for example, manufacturing, transport, warehousing, or retail. Examine and identify the common and potential issues in that aspect, and suggest what technology and how businesses can implement in order to enhance the efficiency of their operations. The Plan: The plan should include a clear identification of the kinds of technological transformations required and a detailed process from conception to implementation of the suggested technology to improve operations efficiency. Your plan should include well-explained diagrammatic illustrations of actions, processes, and expected outcomes. The idea is to improve the efficiency of operations in the supply chain through the effective implementation of technology.
Please Note: This assessment task is NOT based on a specific identified organisation but rather on the operations and activities in the specific selected supply chain aspect. You, therefore, need to demonstrate an understanding of the work that takes place in that stage.
Your plan should be thoughtfully and creatively presented so that it is easily understood. This should include the elaborate and appropriate use of a variety of figures, tables and process maps.
Suggested approach to developing the assignment:
The following questions should be used to guide both your reading and the development of your assignment. These are meant as a guide only to formulating your assignment, including what information you should gather, what you should focus on in your critical thinking and how you should present your materials, and NOT as suggested headings, etc.
What are the common and potential issues faced in this aspect of supply chain operations?
What are the common causes of these issues?
What kinds of supply chain technologies could address these issues in order to enhance the efficiency of operations?
How should these technologies be introduced and implemented in the chosen aspect of the supply chain?
The above poster should be submitted along with a 500 words summary of description as one (1) file.
Assessment Criteria This assessment will measure your ability to:
In-depth knowledge and understanding of the operations in regard to the use of supply chain technologies
Develop a technology transformation plan which considers all the business aspects and also social and environmental challenges businesses deal with
Clarity of poster presentation and the description summary
Adequate up-to-date academic references (within 6 years, 2017-2023/2024) from the Internet and the literature to support your framework. Only valid and reliable published academic literature (books, book chapters and journal articles) are considered appropriate, although other sources such as online journals or electronic books may be used as extra references. Do NOT use lecture notes as references. You can, however, use internet sources to identify or develop illustrative situations.
Correct referencing style (Harvard referencing system) used

Chapter 3 discusses various aspects of strategic planning. As noted in the textb

Chapter 3 discusses various aspects of strategic planning. As noted in the textbook, it is important to link performance management to strategy. For this discussion board, please consider the scenario below.
Scenario
You are the newly hired HR Director for a large healthcare organization, which serves elderly individuals. Over 1,000 healthcare employees (e.g., physicians, nurses, etc.) are employed by your company. You have been told, by the leaders of your organization, that the performance management system used by the company is not fully aligned with the organization’s strategic plan.
For this discussion board post, please address the following:
Explain why the job descriptions for all workers must be in alignment with the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies.
Address how you can effectively communicate the strategic plan to all organizational employees.
Why does the organization’s compensation strategy need to be aligned with the company’s strategic plan?
Directions:
Discuss the concepts, principles, and theories from your textbook. Cite your textbooks and cite any other sources if appropriate.
Your initial post should address all components of the question with a 500-600 word limit.
Reply to at least two discussion posts with comments that further and advance the discussion topic.
APA STYLE
guide is attached
Requirements: 500-600

Chapter 3 discusses various aspects of strategic planning. As noted in the textb

Chapter 3 discusses various aspects of strategic planning. As noted in the textbook, it is important to link performance management to strategy. For this discussion board, please consider the scenario below.
Scenario
You are the newly hired HR Director for a large healthcare organization, which serves elderly individuals. Over 1,000 healthcare employees (e.g., physicians, nurses, etc.) are employed by your company. You have been told, by the leaders of your organization, that the performance management system used by the company is not fully aligned with the organization’s strategic plan.
For this discussion board post, please address the following:
Explain why the job descriptions for all workers must be in alignment with the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies.
Address how you can effectively communicate the strategic plan to all organizational employees.
Why does the organization’s compensation strategy need to be aligned with the company’s strategic plan?
Directions:
Discuss the concepts, principles, and theories from your textbook. Cite your textbooks and cite any other sources if appropriate.
Your initial post should address all components of the question with a 500-600 word limit.
Reply to at least two discussion posts with comments that further and advance the discussion topic.
APA STYLE
guide is attached
Requirements: 500-600

Cost reimbursable contract calculation. A contract calls for a total payment of

Cost reimbursable contract calculation.
A contract calls for a total payment of $800,000 with a guarantee. Essentially the contractor is guaranteed to make at least $200,000 above his costs. If the contractor can demonstrate his costs exceed $600,000, the project will pay the difference, with a $50,000 ceiling on the overage. The contractor demonstrates he spent $623,000. How much (gross) must the project remit to the contractor?
Another option for the same contract has the contractor guaranteed to be paid his costs plus 20%, for costs that exceed $600,000. With the same initial assumption—guarantee of $800,000 gross payment (no requirement to itemize costs), but if the contractor can show that costs exceed $600,000, the project will pay $800,000 plus the costs that exceed $600,000, plus 20% of those excess costs, with a ceiling of $900,000 gross. The contractor demonstrates he spent $623,000. How much (gross) must the project remit to the contractor?
Under option 1.b, at what dollar amount of total costs would the contractor be assuming all of the excess costs beyond that point?
In which option did the project assume more of the risk of a cost overrun? Explain.
2. Prepare a Pareto chart of the possible causes for a student to fail a final examination in a university course.