BUS 307: Operations Management and Quantitative Techniques
Case Study 1 The Realco Breadmaster
Supply chain management is an integral part of any successful business in today’s industries. An effective supply chain management system is one that can efficiently coordinate suppliers, producers, vendors and clients. If these tasks are properly executed delivery of merchandise and service inside of their supply chains with net positive results. In order for this goal to be achieved supply chain managers buts be equipped with solid choice-making skills, good organization, and understanding of business elements such as: project, service, and quality administration, in addition to stock control, transportation, production arrangement, acquisition and provider relations. Supply networks generate issues daily that managers must be able to identify, and rectify with corrective actions. This paper will investigate two separate case studies The Realco Breadmaster and Toyota operating in a post-earthquake Japan, outlining the issues and solutions implemented in these cases will serve to illustrate the important supply chain management concepts in action and principle.
Realco is a cutting edge bread machine (The Breadmaster) manufacturer operated by Johnny Chang. The product introduced two years ago has been well received by the market as a result of its competitive pricing and features. Despite the success Mr. Chang is uneasy due to the lack of a clear plan. Issues such as an apparent excess of stock combined with unknown order filing capabilities stemming from the obviously undeveloped production operations. Mr. Chang realized that far too many recurring questions consistently loomed in his head. Fortunately for Mr. Chang the creation of a master production schedule can alleviate many of his concerns instantly. The following paragraphs and charts are a solution in reaction to these inquiries. (Bozarth,...