Review the Avion

Review the Avion, Inc. case study located in the textbook (Cases, pp. 814-816). Write 500-750 words addressing the following questions. You are not required to answer these questions in essay format, however you must address each question fully. 

  1. What parts of the supply chain are most closely involved with the situation in this case? What is the responsibility of each part in order to maintain a smooth flow of material?
  2. What initially appears to be the problem? What really is the problem (or problems) in this case?
  3. How easy is it to switch suppliers? What would complicate a firm’s ability to switch to a new supplier.
  4. What does it mean to get to the root cause of a problem?
  5. What does it mean to be a good customer? Why does a buying firm want to be perceived by a supplier as a good customer? Provide specific examples of what a firm must do to be a good supply chain customer.
  6. Explain the role of performance measurement in managing supply chain activities.
  7. Why can changes within a supply chain disrupt the normal flow of goods and services within a supply chain?
  8. Why might Avion want to reduce the lead times on its purchased materials and components?
  9. Why do firms single source contracts?
  10. Develop an action plan for Avion that addresses the issues presented in the case. Be prepared to fully explain your recommendations.

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