(Solution Download) 1 How well does the distribution system seem to work


1. How well does the distribution system seem to work? Talk about it in terms of customer service, costs, effective use of inventory, and information flows.
2. Given the amount of inventory in the system, why did back orders occur?
3. In this distribution chain, what happened to customer demand data?
4. How should customer demand data be communicated through the system?
5. What would you recommend be done differently?

In this supply chain game, retailers sell electronic pocket calendars to their customers and place replenishment orders to their wholesaler. The wholesaler sells the pocket calendars to the retailers and orders the calendars from a distributor. The distributor sells the pocket calendars to the wholesalers and orders calendars directly from the factory. The distribution system is shown in the figure. For each period the game is played, participants must follow the samesequence.

 







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