NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center? Slam Dunk!

NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center? Slam Dunk!

For the third time, the 2018 NBA All-Star weekend will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The organizers underscore how experience with hosting major events such as the Grammy Awards and the NBA Finals facilitates the planning and execution of a successful project. Despite being planning pros, though, it took two years of intense preparation to make a slam dunk.

This post is based on the Los Angeles Times article, When the NBA All-Star Show Comes to Town, It’s ‘Managed Chaos’, by P. Coro, February 15, 2018. Image source: PureStock / SuperStock.

Discussion Questions

1. Projects are said to involve nonroutine activities. Can hosting the All-Star weekend at the Staples Center be considered a project if the event already took place in Los Angeles in 2004 and 2011?

Guidance: Discuss the characteristics of projects: unique operations, limited time frame, large number of activities, high cost, variety of skill requirements, multiple teams, etc. Despite past experience with similar projects at the Staples Center (non-unique), the activities are hardly “routine.” Moreover, new infrastructure and programs create new logistical challenges. This project does involve a limited time frame, a very large number of activities, and a high cost. Continue reading

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Is Apple Pulling the Plug on Samsung?

Is Apple Pulling the Plug on Samsung?

February 26, 2018

Apple gained a key advantage by offering the iPhone X with OLED screens. And the screen is also one of the reasons for the hefty price tag.

Interestingly, the sole source of supply for the screens is Samsung, one of Apple’s biggest rivals. As a sole source provider, Samsung gains insights into its competitor’s sales, while generating revenue from those sales.

Now, Apple is dropping its orders by up to 50% this quarter, leaving Samsung with extra capacity for OLED screens. And it leaves us all wondering, what’s the next move for these tech giants?

This post is based on the Forbes article, Apple’s Cunning iPhone X Plans Are Causing Problems for Samsung, by Ewan Spence, February 19, 2018. 

Discussion Questions
1. What are the potential issues with this type of sourcing strategy?

Guidance: Obviously, one of the issues for the customer, is giving a competitor access to projected sales.  Most organizations don’t like to share this information.  With a single source of supply, a company is also vulnerable because there isn’t a backup supplier.

Samsung won the business as the only available choice at the time of the iPhone X introduction, but Apple Continue reading

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Whole Foods and Prime Time Delivery

Whole Foods and Prime Time Delivery

February 17, 2018

Amazon is piloting free delivery within two hours from a Whole Foods location for Prime members. One hour delivery will also be offered for $7.99.

This post is based on the CBS News article, Amazon to deliver Whole Foods groceries for Prime members, by Aimee Picchi, February 8, 2018. 

Discussion Questions
1. What additional capacity will be required for Amazon to offer fast delivery? How can this additional capacity be generated without requiring significant resources?

Guidance: This is a thought question for students to discuss.  Students should note the use of technology to quickly schedule and route truck deliveries, possible changes to service design within Whole Foods to free personnel to drive the trucks, and potentially outsourcing to a 3PL to implement the shipping service.

2. How does Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods change the supply chain system for Amazon?

Guidance: Students should be asked to explore the differences in inventory perishability between Amazon’s traditional products and grocery products.  How does perishable inventory impact the design of a lean supply chain?

 

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