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BUS644: Operations Management Suppliers & Forecasting Methods

BUS644: Operations Management Suppliers & Forecasting Methods

Week 3 Discussion 1




Should a firm attempt to have fewer or more suppliers?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each approach?

Your initial post should be 200-250 words.


Week 3 Discussion 2


Forecasting Methods


Read Problem 6 in Chapter 6 of your textbook.

Calculate and answer parts a through d. Include all calculations and spreadsheets in your post.



Explain why the moving average method was used instead of another forecasting method.


What might be another forecasting method that could prove to be just as useful?

Your initial post should be 200-250 words.


  1. The figures below indicate the number of mergers that took place in the savings and loan industry over a 12-year period.


Year               Mergers                      Year                Mergers

2000               46                                2006               83

2001               46                                2007               123

2002               62                                2008               97

2003               45                                2009               186

2004               64                                2010               225

2005               61                                2011               240

a.) Calculate a 5-year moving average to forecast the number of mergers for 2012.


b.) Use the moving average technique to determine the forecast for 2005 to 2011. Calculate measurement error using MSE and MAD.


c.) Calculate a 5-year weighted moving average to forecast the number of mergers for 2012.    Use weights of 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, and 0.30, with the most recent year weighted being the largest.



d.) Use regression analysis to forecast the number of mergers in 2012.


Class Text

Vonderembse, M. A., & White, G. P. (2013). Operations management. San Diego, CA:


Bridge point Education, Inc.



Homework Help-SCM 381 Case 3 Iowa Elevators Paper

Homework Help-SCM 381 Case 3 Iowa Elevators Paper

Purchasing and Supply Management

SCM 381 Case 3 Iowa Elevators

  1. Complete a spend analysis for Iowa Elevators. Where would you start? Which of the purchase categories offer the greatest opportunity?


  1. How much money do you think you can save in each of the next five years? Please evaluate the savings Scott McBride could expect to achieve assuming a best case worse case and most likely scenario. Make sure you justify your assumptions and show how you calculated the potential savings.


  1. What are the inventory turns for each of the different categories of farm supplies as well as the overall turns (please use the COGS/Avg Inv formula)? What kind of improvements can be made in inventory management and how?


  1. What changes would you make to the organization?


  1. What are the risks to achieving your objectives?

Homework Help-SCM 381 Case 3 Iowa Elevators Paper



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