Operations Management and Supply Chain Management

Benefits of RFID’s in Libraries {4}

In an article found in the Faulkner Information Services database, an article written by James G. Barr explains how RFID’s help libraries run and operate their services, staff and other tasks. An RFID is a either a chip or tag that contains data thats transmitted wirelessly to a reader in range. It is more efficient than conventional barcodes and can also be a great theft deterrent for books and other assets. For libraries, it is one of the best information systems solution for their dynamic inventory and tracking their large amount of assets. TAGSYS is a specialized company who provides the tags, readers and software needed. They not only provide for libraries but also pharmacies and textile services. Some benefits from these tags are the data contained in them can tell what the author, title and genre of a book and also keep a more consistent inventory since tags can be read through covers and pages. One big benefit is loss prevention.

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Review of the article “Disney debuts do-it-yourself thrill ride” and a correlation to the Chapter 8 {Comments Off on Review of the article “Disney debuts do-it-yourself thrill ride” and a correlation to the Chapter 8}

Review of the article “Disney debuts do-it-yourself thrill ride” and a correlation to the Chapter 8

Much like the Sims City amusement park video game where one can run and design an amusement park, Disney has developed a new ride in where customers are able to customize a ride to their specifications. The new ride is called The Sum of all Thrills and it allows its customers to choose the curves loops and how fast the ride goes. Furthermore one cannot create a roller coaster that is not realistic meaning that if it can actually be built then they have to choose a different path. After one is done they climb onto a seat held by a robotic arm which simulates the movement of the customized ride while a virtual scene of the ride is being displayed. Furthermore fans are also incorporated to simulate the speed of the roller coaster. “Shawn McCoy, vice-president of marketing and business development at Jack Rouse Associates, another amusement-park design firm, said this desire for interactivity in amusement parks takes its cues from video games”(CNN.com, 1) he also added that the amusement park industry is competing the video game industry because it allows users to have complete control over the characters. The idea has also spread to other amusements park such as Universal Studios where a customer has the option to pick a soundtrack for the ride. This directly correlates with chapter eight because Disney used information from the video game industry, indicating that customers like to customize their experience. Operation Management was able implement a strategy to start designing new rides in an effort add-value to their product/service.

By John D. Sutter
October 15, 2009
E:\Disney debuts do-it-yourself thrill ride – CNN_com.mht

Chapter 8 Operations management and Supply chain management {Comments Off on Chapter 8 Operations management and Supply chain management}

The article “Beware, Humans. The Era of Automation Software has begun” published in the New York Times, talked about the use of software systems in business. The article mainly focused on Hp and the computer software they use to help strengthen their business. the article made the point that humans make errors but not technology. The article also said that in the near future technology will automate many tasks that were once accomplished by humans. Well the article aims towards the idea that data systems are more efficient and cheaper then hiring new employees, it also points out that humans ere necessary. The art of running an efficient company is to find that balance of technology systems and employee head counts. Using the software at HP has cut costs bringing HP to 13.8 percent in operating margins.
This article relates to the book because it brings up the argument of Operational management and how it can benefit a company. It also relates to the book because it shows how information systems relates to business.

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Chapter 8: IS in Business {Comments Off on Chapter 8: IS in Business}

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chapter 8: IS in Business

Apple is making headlines again. Their fiscal fourth quarter report was up 47% compared to Wall Street’s expectations. The company had substantial amounts of sales with both their MAC Pcs and Iphones. Apple obviously has strong production and operation management implemented in the way their business is ran. With their detailed strategic planning of how to get the product(s) to the consumer is turning out to be a very effective way. The company’s put a lot of thought in how to distinguish themselves as a superior company by coming up with unique and innovative technology which in return, has created a lot of capital for the business and allowed it to rise agaist its competitors. Apple will have to demonstrate the same ambition and strive to rise against the competitors if it wants to be a key factor in the future.

Hesseldahl, Arik (2009) Apple: All Systems Go
Business Week
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2009/tc20091019_072433.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_top+stories

Chapter 8. Operations Management and Supply Chain Management {Comments Off on Chapter 8. Operations Management and Supply Chain Management}

How Green Is Apple: Cleaning the Supply Chain

Apple like many companies, outsources part of their manufacturing to other countries. By doing so, it makes it harder for apple to keep track of how their products might be harming the environment.  What apple does is designs the systems but outsourcing the assembly to contract manufacturers. Their original design manufacturers are located in the mainland of China; where it is cheaper to produce do to cheaper labor.  About 95% of all laptops are manufactured in China, and 85% of those are produced by a handful of companies many have never heard of.

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Chapter 8. Operations Management and Supply Chain Management {Comments Off on Chapter 8. Operations Management and Supply Chain Management}

Motorola company will spend $60 million in Singapore to centralize and streamline global supply chain operations. the new investment at “control tower” which is global supply chain will allow Motorola to manage supply chain management activities across its businesses including mobile devices, networks and connected home products. Motorola currently invest more than US$10 billion worth of activities each year in supply chain operations, such as manufacturing and distribution. According to the new Singapore investment, the company disparate supply chain operations around the world.

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Ch. 8 Operations Management and Supply Chain Management {Comments Off on Ch. 8 Operations Management and Supply Chain Management}

In an article from BusinesWire.com, “Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. Chooses ArrowStream Supply Chain Management Solutions to Gain Efficiencies, Savings,” the discussions is regarding Einstein Noah Restaurant Group(ENRGI) enhancing its supply chain management operations by agreeing to do business with ArrowStream, a leading provider of supply chain solutions for the foodservice industry.

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Chapter 8: Supply Chain Management {Comments Off on Chapter 8: Supply Chain Management}

How Green Is Apple: Cleaning the Supply Chain

This article relates to an unusual aspect of supply chain management: the environment and guilt by association. Apple is the main company being discussed here, but essentially all major computer manufacturers (Original Equipment Manufacturers, OEM) outsource the physical construction of their systems. Like Dell in the chapter’s case example, most of Apple’s suppliers are in Taiwan and/or China, which can make it expensive and difficult to ensure that conditions and product quality are up to the standards of Apple’s policies.

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IS 130. Chapter 8. operations management and supply chain management {Comments Off on IS 130. Chapter 8. operations management and supply chain management}

This chapter is about operation management and supply chain management that are important in business and information technology. In this article, it explains and represents global supply chain, based on china. China is the biggest country and has huge population, so it takes a significant role in global supply chain. Thus, it affects supply chain a lot and it is affected by global situation.
When it happen global situation, china’s supply chain becomes bad and terrible, that this article explains well. According to the article, China’s hopes for a immediate export recovery from the global crisis could be destabilized by the weakest links in its powerful supply chain – smaller companies too damaged by the downturn and credit crisis to get goods to market. As collapsing sales to recession-hit Western markets consider on China’s economy, bankruptcies pose a growing risk to its export machine, threatening everyone from suppliers of crucial parts and materials to companies that transport finished products. Struggling Chinese exporters are facing higher costs and need to keep closer checks on suppliers, and a shrinking pool of financially healthy companies to deal with is limiting their vaunted flexibility, slowing down delivery times. Also, one of represent of supplier said they tried to find an alternative source that could offer the same quality and delivery.
We could learn about the supply chain that consists of all parties involved, directly or indirectly, in the procurement of a product or raw material. It includes supplier, manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and customer. They are all important to do supply chain management well. I think one of the participants has suffered from some problems and it effects the others, so we need to care about this point.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ch. 8 IS in business

Many of us do not imagine ourselves ridding a bicycle to work, or even to school. We would rather drive and get where we are going faster. What if there was a bike that could get you where you wanted faster than a regular bike, and with less work? There is now, e bikes. What is an e bike you may be thinking? It is basically like a traditional bike but is equipped with a small motor that power the bike and assist the rider with pedaling. These bikes reduce the sweat it takes to go over hills and far distances and is better for the environment too.
E bikes are popular in Europe and China, with over 100 million in China, but are new to the United States. Many believe it may take a while for Americans to mentally shift their perspectives of bike riding as a main source of transportation. Ultra Motor US hopes to change this in the near future. They are planning on three types of customers; those active adults who have gotten a bit too old to ride a traditional bike, those who would like to help out the environment, and many who don’t want to pay to fuel up their SUV’s in the future when oil prices are high.
Other companies are now jumping on the e bike train, seeing a gold mine in the future. 200,000 e bikes were sold last year. Though sales have dropped this year, because of the economy, many companies still see them as a good idea for future production. There were more than 20 companies producing e bikes this year, which is a jump from only 5 last year.
e bikes range from a few hundred dollars, like the E ip Trailz hybrid, which is 398 at wal mart, to more than 13,000 for the top of the line models. Prices increase as battery technology and components get better.
I think this article related to the topic of supply chain mainly because these companies are thinking of the competitive OM strategy, making low cost bikes and high cost bikes, seeking out their competition (ordinary bikes) and for seeing the future (oil prices going up) with these factors the e bike business could be very successful. We could all be riding e bikes in the future.
Almasy S. (2009) Will e-bikes be the new commuter cool?
retreived October 15, 2009 from the cnn.com/tech website:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/10/15/electric.bicycles/index.html
Posted by Angela Barrientos at 9:58

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