Critically evaluate the contribution of supplier associations to the international trading system.

Critically evaluate the contribution of supplier associations to the international trading system.

LOGISTICS

 

Instructions to candidates:

 

a) Time allowed: Three hours (plus an extra ten minutes’ reading time at the start – do not write anything during this time)

b) Answer any FIVE questions

c) All questions carry equal marks. Marks for each question are shown in [ ]

 

1. Critically evaluate the contribution of supplier associations to the international trading system. [20]

 

2. Explain the phases in a typical location selection process. [20]

 

3. A time-based mapping process requires careful planning if it is to fulfill its potential for an organization.

Explain the approach that an organization should undertake when completing a time-based mapping process. [20]

 

4. Commentators have suggested that one of the most influential developments in the modern era has been the extensive adoption of just-in-time purchasing. Analyze the implications of just-in-time purchasing for the logistics function. [20]

 

5. Lean and agile supply is now a core concept in logistics. Review the attributes and features of lean and agile supply. [20]

 

6. Logistics is an area of cost overhead that companies will seek to minimize. Analyze the main categories of costs that the logistics function is likely to incur. [20]

 

7. Review the ways in which the internationalization of logistics networks has impacted on suppliers and purchasers. [20]

8. Analyze the contribution of partnerships in terms of their advantages and disadvantages to supply chain effectiveness. [20]


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