Amazon Sellers Need Management Software

Amazon Sellers Need Management Software

April 30, 2019

For sellers trying to win an order (the coveted “buy box”) on Amazon, inventory and warehouse management software is critical.

With such software, small businesses trying to sell on Amazon can more easily achieve improved quality control, better demand planning, accurate cycle counts, dynamic routing flexibility, and superior stock level tracking.

This post is based on the Supply Chain 24/7 article, Inventory and Warehouse Management Software is Imperative to Sell on Amazon, by SkuVault, April 8, 2019. Image source: Cultura / Image Source

Discussion Questions:

1. How does this software solution decrease lead times? How does inventory quantity on hand interact with decreased lead times?  Will this software help a responsive and/or efficient supply chain?

Guidance: Students should be able to note time savings in order fulfillment to the end customer by better picking and routing.  Inventory levels should be decreased with lead time reductions to both the customer and from the suppliers.

Students may need a refresher on efficient versus responsive supply chains.  Ask them to elaborate on the ways this software can improve both types of supply chain.  Which supply chain type benefits the most from this software and why?  Continue reading

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Assembly Lines in Operating Rooms

Assembly Lines in Operating Rooms

Dr. Devi Shetty, a cardiac surgeon, has been on a mission to provide even the poorest of the poor with quality, affordable healthcare.

At Narayana Health, a chain of hospitals in India, surgeons perform the most complicated procedures at a tiny fraction of what it costs in the US. Its ability to do so partly lies in the use of well-known operations principles to promote process efficiency.


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This post is based on the Bloomberg article, The World’s Cheapest Hospital Has to Get Even Cheaper, by A. Altstedter, March 25, 2019; the YouTube video, Making Healthcare Affordable – PBS coverage on Narayana Health & Dr.Devi Shetty, by Narayana Health, August 16, 2017; and the Aljazeera video, Indian Hospital: Episode 1, by P. Roy, May 4, 2012. Image source: Shutterstock/lenetstan

Discussion Questions:

1. Describe Narayana’s achievements in health care delivery. Justify with examples.

Guidance: Achievements include greater access to healthcare with higher volumes of patients (“huge volumes help surgeons quickly develop proficiency”, six times more procedures per surgeon); high quality (mortality rates comparable to or below those in the Continue reading

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