All companies utilize global supply chain management strategy in one form or another. Some firms participate in global sourcing when they need to grow their supply bases, develop procurement options, or diversify their products and services portfolio through imports from foreign countries. Many successful companies are also looking to expand the market share for their products through exports sales or manufacture their products overseas and, as a result, formulate their global location plans. All these activities would not be possible without a strong global supply chain strategy. While international expansion creates competitive advantage and lucrative opportunities for any company, these activities also expose firms to additional risks, including international trade barriers, foreign currencies fluctuations, economic, political, and cultural differences, and multiple “red tapes” created by foreign governments, as you learned last week in Chapter 2. Chapter 11 this week adds to that knowledge. If not properly mitigated, these risks may significantly hinder the bottom line and the overall reputation of the company.
In your paper,
Examine a company with a successful global supply chain strategy. First, provide basic background information about the company. Then, discuss the supply chain strategy this company utilizes in order to get their products or services distributed internationally.
Describe the partners and how they help serve customers.
Identify at least two risks discussed in your textbook, as applied to your selected company. Are there any risks involved in the company’s international operations? Briefly describe these risks, and explain how the company mitigates the risks in order to meet business demands.
Summarize how the company manages customer satisfaction and profitability levels and ensures the effectiveness of their global supply chain strategy in terms of quality, time, and costs involved.
The Global Supply Chain Management paper
Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.).
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper in bold font
Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
Name of institution (University of Arizona Global Campus)
Course name and number
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.
Must use at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed or credible sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view The University of Arizona Global Campus Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.
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