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2. Compare the qualitative differences between suppliers. Does this change your initial assessment? 3. As Joe Matus, which supplier would you choose and why? Bella Springs 4. Conduct an analysis of the external environment and the drinking water industry in Ghana. 5. What are Bella Springs’ sustainable competitive advantages? 6. What risks are inherent in the business? 7. What is the current capacity of the water filtration system? 8. At the current production rates, when will the company break even and be able to pay off its large upfront investments? 9. Should Bella Springs expand? If so, when and how? MacPherson Refrigeration Limited 1. Figure out how Linda calculated the three aggregate plans (Each group will be assigned to present one of the aggregate plans in class). 2. Only for those interested in the topic: Explore the effects of production rate, hiring, layoff, and overtime on the total cost by using the Excel worksheet available on UM Learn. Illustrious Corporation 1. As Nancy Barfield, prepare the operating plan for the next 20 weeks. (There is an Excel worksheet available on the UM Learn to help with your calculations. The case report you should hand in would be your completed Excel sheet.) 2. What does your plan tell you and what might you do about it?
12 of 18 McLeod Motors LTD. 1. Prepare a process flow of the BN-88-55 production process. Identify where Work-in-Process (WIP) inventory exists in the system. What is the cycle time of each stage of the process (in days, per batch)? What is the throughput time of the whole process? 2. Calculate the amount of WIP in the process given that production should meet total demand of 2500 units/week (i.e., 2 batches/week). 3. Why might the WIP inventory level at McLeod Motors have increased? 4. As Sue Reynolds, what actions would you recommend to John Ingram? Caesars Casino 1. What are the most important elements of the process-improvement approach pursued at Tunica? What benefits were derived from this approach? 2. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of adopting an expert-driven approach to process improvement at the Metropolis facility, in contrast to the employee-centered approach used at Tunica? 3. Assume service scores for the area you manage, Harrah’s Metropolis hotel housekeeping, have declined over the past year. As part of the LEAN rollout at Metropolis, you and some of your front-line employees will participate in a kaizen event focused on improving guest-room housekeeping operations. What KPIs (key performance indicators) would you propose to track to determine whether the changes implemented through the kaizen effort actually improve performance? Apple’s Global Supply Chain 1. Review Apple’s supply chain for its iPhone product. What differences set it apart from competitors?

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