Advanced Supply Chain Management-The Great Fridge Freeze Out
Listen to the podcast and answer four case study questions.
The MacCarthy et al. 2016 paper states: “Supply chains are not static – they evolve and change in size, shape and configuration, and in how they are coordinated, controlled and managed. New supply chains may emerge for many reasons.” and “Not only are economic and technology drivers affecting supply chains but regulatory frameworks, sustainability agendas, political factors, and strategic choices are affecting the structure and configuration of supply chains.”
The podcast episode refers to specific consumer behaviour of hoarding. Discuss how this supply chain could have countered the resultant shortages experienced in the refrigerator and freezer supply chain. Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.
Stevens (1989) states: “For many companies the need to react to market changes is paramount; the role of the supply chain is crucial”. In examining the ‘The Great Fridge Freeze-Out’ supply chain, it is important to consider that much of the supply chain itself is able to operate due to the absence of any major disruptive event. Consider how the home appliance supply chain was affected by the pandemic with a particular focus on the idea of supply chain integration. Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.
Melnyk et al. 2014 states: “We now recognize that ‘ one size’ does not fit all when it comes to supply chain design. What works well in one setting may not work well in another. For example, supply-driven supply chains, such as those encountered in the energy/petroleum industries, require different practices if they are to be deployed most effectively and that practices that work well in demand-driven supply chains (e.g., Wal-Mart and Toyota) will not necessarily be appropriate when deployed in supply-driven environments.”
The “The Great Fridge Freeze-out” podcast highlights a supply chain that operated well pre-pandemic, but suffered from shortages during the pandemic. Provide an argument as to whether the refrigerator and freezer supply chain is ‘supply-driven’ or ‘demand-driven’, prior to and after the effect of the pandemic was experienced. Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.