Introducing Myself

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I believe the best use of this tool is to first give you a brief overview of my life interests. I am a student at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater studying Supply Chain Management with an emphasis in Project Management. I am expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018. I currently hold an internship at Provisur Technologies Whitewater working in Production Control. Outside of work and school, I enjoy playing the drums and working on cars. I am driven in everything that I do and am always open to new, exciting experiences. My goals include working in management within the SCM industry and hopefully one-day climbing to an executive position. My dreams include owning my own custom performance vehicle garage. I am excited to graduate and enter the working world in order to build my future.

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Thoughts on OPEC Agreement

Read the Article from The Economist

Recently an article was published in The Economist, titled, OPEC Reached a Deal to Cut Production. This article states that OPEC as final decided the amount to which they are going to cut back production on oil and for a duration of 6 months. It has been said that the cut in production may drive the price per barrel of oil upwards of $60. If this does in fact occur, we will see a drastic rise in the price of gas at the pump. While this will impact those who rely on a vehicle for transportation, it will indirectly affect the world market.

With a rise in gas prices we will see a rise in cost of all goods. Suppliers will be paying more for fueling for transportation and production –industry dependent. While the impact may be relatively small, increases in transportation cost like this present new challenges for supply chain leaders to analyze. With a small increase, it may be worthwhile to simply pay additional cost incurred during production. On the contrary, with oil being non-replenishing natural resource, people can consider alternative methods to use in production. From this I see two main implications in the supply chain.

First, people may be looking at more fuel efficient trucks or even alternative fueled vehicles to lower costs of production. Or secondly, there will be, and already are, jobs out there for people working in these developing fields. There will be demand for people in supply chain to keep these businesses organized. In reflection, supply chain management is a great field to be getting into at this point because of all the technological advances demanded of our economy.

Finally, searching for more efficient alternative fuels is a great platform in regards to corporate social responsibly. We know that oil is a limited resource, and large companies should recognize their consumption, and limit that in order to preserve our environment. Also in looking for alternative fuels, they can choose options that have a significantly lesser impact on the environment, ultimately decreasing their carbon footprint.

Thoughts on “How Amazon Gets Its Holiday Hires Up to Speed in Two Days”

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In this article Laura Stevens from The Wall Street Journal, explores how Amazon handles the spike in orders from Black Friday and Cyber Monday through the holidays. Amazon has said they plan to hire approximately 120,000 season workers for this holiday. They have cut their 6-week training program down to 2-days, with the use or robots and touchscreens, for an interactive, on-the-job, learning process. This is very impressive and drastically reduces the cost of hiring seasonal workers to meet the demands of order processing. It is interesting to hear companies like Amazon can offer season employment in their warehouse as a way to combat the increase in orders during this time of year. From what I understand, warehousing jobs usually require training and close supervision of new hires as they are taught the process. Amazon has bridged that gap, allowing them to increase their crew size by 40 percent going into the holidays, to keep operations running as planned.

Additionally, Amazon kept 14 percent of their season hires last year and plan to retain their best this year. Not only is this a great trial interview for the company but they are also providing good jobs for those who have been searching. It has been stated that they do offer competitive wages and pay more than minimum wage. In terms of sustainability, Amazon offers to give back to the employee who stick around. If a new hires stay with the company for over a year they have the opportunity to have prepaid tuition for that individual to earn an education.

I think it is vital for companies to continue to offer opportunities like prepaid tuition. Sometimes due to life circumstances, people cannot attend college immediately after high school. I think most people agree it is hardest to return after you have joined the working world. When a company like Amazon offers prepaid tuition, it motivates people to further their education. The more we can do to help each other the better off people will be. Educating America is going to be key in the continual success of the nation.

Thoughts on “U.S. Shipping Demand Turns Upward on Consumer Spending”

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In a recent Wall Street Journal, titled, U.S. Shipping Demand Turns Upward on Consumer Spending, Erica Phillips reports the changes in demand for domestic freight. FedEx, USPS, and ATA are all reporting significant demand increases for their services. It is suggested that this the result after being in a “long term slum” for the past 1-2 years. In the summation of the article, the stakeholders hope this is a normal continuous trend, leading toward a flourishing economy.

From a supply chain management stand point, there are some interesting point to be made. The first thing that came to mind when reading this article was demand forecast updating. These companies will have to update their demand model moving forward as I would assume they under estimated demand for the month of October. There will be people, both within these companies and outsiders, trying to accurately adjust for this curve moving forward. From my understanding, the bullwhip effect could come into play if either demand forecasters are over stating the next period demand or if the upward trend dies off in the near future.

Given unexpected increased in demand upwards of 10%, some companies may not have been prepared for their service at that level of output. If a transportation service has taken on too many jobs they run the risk of running slow/sub-optimal service –which is not good for their image, or not being able to deliver some product at all. This is not necessarily true for everyone but absolutely a notable moment.

Another thought as to why this is increase in demand is healthy for the market is, it may be creating more competitive demand for the transportation industry. Maximizing output for transportation industry will lead to more technological advancements as each work to improve their supply chain.