Logistics & Supply chain – IT in supply chain. Essay under 1000 words answering question

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Please follow instructions carefully. Essay format under 1000 words but address each below succinctly and thoroughly. They may overlap. Use study guide to back your opinion. If needed, use outside scholarly resources.

Supply chain visibility of a shipment requires knowledge of where the shipment is in a warehouse or terminal, as well as knowing when it is in transit. Full visibility is facilitated by tracking and tracing of parts, components or products in transit, from the manufacturer to their final destination. As the product, in various stages of finishing, moves through the supply chain, there may be a need for information to be provided by the manufacturer, 3PLs, freight forwarders and other stakeholders. The goal of supply chain visibility is to improve and strengthen the supply chain by making data readily available to all stakeholders, including the customer, shipper and regulatory authorities.

Prepare a short essay of no more than 1,000 words to address the contributions of supply chain visibility by using relevant resources (citing then properly). Your essay should persuasively muster arguments and evidence in support of your answer to this question. It should cover various dimensions of the idea of information management for supply chains as seen in our course, such as:

(a) In your own words, explain the importance of visibility on supply chain operations. (15 marks)

(b) Show the operational issues which can be resolved after appropriately introducing information technologies to increase supply chain visibility. (15 marks)

(c) Demonstrate in your own words how the functionalities of track and trace technologies raise supply chain visibility.(15 marks)

(d) Consider your own organisation or one that you are familiar with in the logistics industry (e.g., a manufacturer, supplier, distributor, retailer, 3PL, etc.) that adopts track and trace technologies in its operations. Describe the background, target customer, as well as core competencies of the organisation.(10 marks)

(e) Analyse how track and trace technologies (e.g., barcode, RFID or relevant techniques) can improve the selected organisation’s supply chain visibility as well as operational performance.(25 marks)

(f) How will you apply what you have learnt, which will make you do things differently in the future, into practice (to your study, your work or your life)? (20 marks)

Note that there is some overlap between some of these dimensions. Therefore, although you could simply have a section for each of the listed dimensions, you may find that some other way to organise your essay will work better. It is your choice.

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