BUSS 2054 – Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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  • Executive Summary

Supply chain management is an important aspect in any organisation. Currently, companies are focused on reverse logistics and reverse supply chain as a strategy to improve their efficiency and increasing sales in the market by refurbishing the recovered products and looking for new markets for them. However, the whole process is faced with various challenged that need to be identified and diagnosed before it expand to be a major one. This report therefore discusses the challenges of reverse logistics, roles of logistic management for reverse logistics, indispensable trade-offs in achieving the performance objectives while at the same time minimise total costs in reverse logistics, and the role of logisticians in adding value chain to stakeholders.

  • Introduction

Companies spend a lot of their resources such as money and time perfecting their supply chain. Companies need to give a though to their reverse logistics and reverse supply chain.

  • Reverse Supply Chain

Kumar (2011) defined reverse supply chain as a number of activities conducted by a company in the process of retrieving an already used product from the customers either for re-use of disposal. Reverse supply chain is aimed at achieving the following processes; obtaining product from the consumer; transporting the obtained products to the organisation, examining and disposition, refurbishing, and creating markets for the recovered products.  Examples can be given from various industries such as personal computers from the computer industry, automotive industry, and the retail industry (Kumar 2011).

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BUSS 2054 – Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Study Period 5 2019

Assessment Task 2:  Formal Report

2000 words (45% of total grade)

 

 

 

Your task is to address the following four questions for a Reverse Supply Chain. Read the given information on Reverse Supply Chain: Completing the Supply Chain Loop from https://www.cognizant.com/whitepapers/reverse-supply-chain.pdf

And other sources, which are available from your Learnonline course site, or any other relevant information for this situation. Critically review the information and answer the following four (4) questions in the discussion section. BUSS 2054 – Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

 

The questions to be addressed in your discussion section are:

1.       Describe the challenges for Reverse logistics and reverse supply chain,

2.       Describe and discuss the roles of logistics management in supply chain and operations management for Reverse logistics

3.       Discuss the essential trade-offs in meeting the performance goals while minimising total costs in Reverse logistics,

4.       Explain and discuss the role of logistics management or logisticians in Reverse logistics and supply chain in providing value to stakeholders.

Then provide recommendations on how these challenges faced by the Reverse logistics can be resolved.

You are not restricted to limit your reading to the given articles.

References:                                                                                                                                                       Provide a minimum of 8 (8) academic references (preferably no older than 2008).                                                            Four (4) of these must be refereed (peer-reviewed or scholarly) academic journal articles.

Referencing style:                                                                                                                     C

Please review the assessment help information prepared by the Library for your benefit at:

https://guides.library.unisa.edu.au/Management/BUSS2054_SP52019

Use the Harvard UniSA referencing style in all your assessments. A guide to the Harvard UniSA style is found at:  http://unisa.libguides.com/content.php?pid=224578&sid=1889060

Word limit:                                                                                                                                                              1,700 words.  10% plus or minus the word limit is acceptable. The word limit only excludes the Executive summary and the list of references. If you exceed the 10% plus maximum limit, your grader will draw a line and will stop reading at that point.

Assignment template:                                                                                                                                          As an aid, there a template to help you format your answer (found at the end of this document).

Marking criteria:                                                                                                                                                    The assignment marking criteria sheet is provided on your learnonline space. Be guided by the criteria and mark weightings given to each aspect of this assignment.

Assignment submission:                                                                                                                              Submit your assignment online via Gradebook. Only word document (.doc or .docx) is accepted. Please do not submit a cover sheet as it will affect your Turnitin score. Just write your name, student number and the assignment title on the front page of your assignment as in the provided template.  If you receive a high Turnitin score (above 15%- not including your reference section), please correct your assignment and save it with the same file name. Then re-submit your assignment via Gradebook.

Avoid the words “Bibliography” or ‘Reference List’ as headings only use “References” as a heading in order to help us reduce the Turnitin score matching the literature in your count.

Turnitin is a tool to help you learn to acknowledge (cite) the authors of your literature research and to acknowledge the words of other writers by using quotation marks “…”. See http://www.unisa.edu.au/ltu/integrity/default.asp

 

Please note: Not deleting the first two pages of this document and other red-coloured sentences in your submission will incur a reduction of marks (up to 10%).

 

 

Assessment Task 1 Template

(Use this template as a guide to formatting your assignment. This template is not compulsory)

Please delete all sections in red from this template before submission)

 

BUSS 2054 – Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

 

Study Period 5 2019

 

Assessment 1: Report

  • A customised title to suit your analysis (Your work)

2000 words

 

 

Student Full Name

Student ID Number

 

 

 

Note –         –   all answers must be supported by literature evidence. This is a suggested template only, and you are free to choose any headings that are appropriate for this assignment.

(Please delete this section and all sections in the red font from the template before submission)

Executive summary

This section contains a synopsis of your full report– about 100 words (only a maximum of 150 words – do not count towards your word count.)  Complete/finalise this section last. This section should also clearly express the identified issues of Logistics and Supply Chain management in your given case study within two to three sentences. Although this section does not contribute to your word count, however, the marker will not read more than 150 words.

An Executive Summary should be drafted as a snapshot of explanations document towards specific details stating and summarising the assessment questions, include briefly the case and examples, provide a summarised conclusion and state the recommendations.

Your report should be extremely well written with UK or Australian spelling- avoid the Microsoft default US spelling in some of your word software. Use appropriate headings and subheadings to highlight the reader the logical structure of your analysis in all sections of this report. Clarity of some sentences can be improved by avoiding “this”,” it’ etc. at the start of the sentence.

All sentences in your report are to be clear and well written without any grammatical or spelling mistakes.

(write this Executive summary and the conclusion sections- once you have answered all the other sections.

 

Introduction or Background and business environment (Use any appropriate subheading of your preferences)

This section contains a statement of the point of view that you have developed in response to the Case study (sometimes called the thesis statement). Then, in this section, you will illustrate your in-depth understating on this case study and the issues (about 200 to 250 words; 2-4 paragraphs) clearly, adequately, concisely and comprehensively with a good structure. You will relate these discussions with a good reflection on your course content from Topics 1 to 10, whichever is appropriate. You may have a few separate headings for these discussions in this section as well. Having better and shorter headings for these sections will be counted towards “2.3. Logical planning and sequence” on your feedback form.

A good introduction should briefly introduce the issues in reverse logistics to the reader and provide the point of view that is developed to respond to the issues with references/ citations.

 

Discussion Question 1 (Use any appropriate subheading of your preference- e.g. Reverse logistics Challenges)

In this section you will describe and discuss the challenges on the organisations facing in the context of reverse logistics management and supply chain management in relations to this case study context and in general practice with examples (about 300 to 325 words; 2-4 paragraphs).

Having a better and shorter heading for these four (4) discussion sections will be counted towards “4.1. Overall presentation” on your feedback form. Please do not use this section heading as “Discussion Question 1’ etc.; then you will get a poor grade for “4.1. Overall presentation”. BUSS 2054 – Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

 

Discussion Question 2 (Use any appropriate subheading of your preference- e.g. Roles of Logistics and Supply Chain management in ~~~)

In this section, you will describe and discuss the roles of logistics management and supply chain management in relations to this case study context and in general practice with examples (about 300 to 325 words; 2-4 paragraphs).

 

Discussion Question 3 (Use any appropriate subheading of your preference- e.g. Organisational performance trade-offs in ~)

Here, answer the discussion question within the context of case study and in general practice (about 300 to 325 words; 2-4 paragraphs). Strengths and weaknesses concisely and comprehensively discussed. The analysis should have references supporting clearly stated arguments.

 

Discussion Question 4 (Use any appropriate subheading of your preference- e.g. Role of logisticians ~ in adding value to ~)

In this section, you will describe and discuss how the role of the logistics management activities particularly, reverse logistics and reverse supply chain are in adding value to the organisations and to the society. You may critically compare and analyse the reverse supply chain scenarios with other business supply chain or other supply chains with examples (about 300 to 325 words; 2-4 paragraphs). Strengths and weaknesses concisely and comprehensively discussed. The analysis should have references supporting clearly stated arguments.

In all of your answers to these discussion questions (1 to 4), all ideas are to be linked and critically examined. Also, providing examples from businesses with enhanced the answer and will be counted towards Criteria 1.5. Please note, that you need to link theory and/or applications in your main discussion sections as well as in the recommendations.

 

Conclusion

This is where you will summarise what you have found through applying your literature research and the restatement of the overall point of view that has been developed in your own words. (About 200 words; 2 to 3 paragraphs). All arguments should be drawn into excellent conclusion, and the report has to have a good logical flow thus makes it as an interesting read. It is advisable to write the ‘Executive summary’ and the ‘Conclusion’ sections after you have completed the main body by answering all the discussion questions. BUSS 2054 – Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

 

Recommendations

This section contains a summary of brief recommendations– maximum 200 words on how the challenges can be overcome or provide potential solutions for reverse logistics issues (in relation to the Topics 2 to 10 of this course). You need to establish the rationale for the recommendations in your main body, and that rationale is to be supported by academic references as well.

Please note, Conclusions and recommendations should be written in individual sections, not summarised together.

Expected word count= 2000; Minimum of 1800 or Maximum of 2200.

This word count excludes Executive summary and list of references.

 

References

Provide a minimum of eight (8) academic references (preferably no older than 2008).                                                            Four (4) of these must be refereed academic journal articles.  Do not use the wordings such as “Reference list” or “List of references” or “Bibliography” as this section heading. Then your references will be counted by Turnitin software as well. Only use the word “References.

All in-text citations need to comply with the Harvard-UniSA Referencing System.              If you are unsure how to use this system, you can find the Harvard UniSA Referencing guide at

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