Running Case Assignment: Identifying Supply Chain Management Solutions for Dirt Bikes
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A growing number of Dirt Bikes orders cannot be fulfilled on time because of delays in obtaining some important components and parts for its motorcycles, especially their fuel tanks. Complaints are mounting from distributors who fear losing sales if the dirt bikes they have ordered are delayed too long. Dirt Bikes management has asked you to help it address some of its supply chain issues.
1. Use the Web to locate alternative suppliers for motorcycle fuel tanks. Identify 2 or 3 suppliers. Find out the amount of time and cost to ship a fuel tank (weighing about 5 pounds) via ground (surface delivery) from each supplier to Dirt Bikes in Carbondale, Colorado. Which supplier is most likely to take the shortest amount of time and least cost to ship the fuel tanks?
2. Dirt Bikes management would like to know if there is any supply chain management software for a small business that would be appropriate for Dirt Bikes. Use the Web to locate two supply chain management software providers for companies such as Dirt Bikes. Briefly describe the capabilities of the two pieces of software and indicate how they could help Dirt Bikes. Which supply chain management software product would be more appropriate for Dirt Bikes? Why?