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Master Planning (graded)

How does master planning affect the overall organization? Why is this a necessary part of the overall management process of an organization?

Planning Horizons (graded)a

What are time horizons as used in the corporate planning process? How do these horizons affect our forecasting processes?

Let’s first consider time horizons as used in the corporate planning process. What are these horizons and how do they affect our forecasting processes?

GSCM330 Week 2 Discussion

Which forecast error measuring tool is the best? (graded)

Of the four error tracking tools we have learned about in our assigned textbook reading (MAD, MSE, MAPE and seasonality), which method provides the best way to track forecast error? Give examples.

Is it possible to forecast seasonal products without removing the seasonal variations? (graded)

We calculate a seasonal index in order to remove the seasonal component before creating a forecast. Is it possible to remove this step and create a forecast with the seasonal variation still in place? Why or why not? Explain.

Whether it is possible to just leave the seasonal variation that may exist in our historical data in place when developing a forecast? What are advantages and disadvantages of doing this?

GSCM330 Week 3 Discussion

Aggregate Planning Strategy (graded)

Mixing options to develop an aggregate plan is a common practice. How would you mix the chase and level strategies at your place of employment (or former place) to come up with a better overall plan?

Aggregate Planning in Services (graded)

How do plans differ in services from a production or manufacturing setting? How do the planning strategies impact operational plans in services?

GSCM330 Week 4 Discussion

Inventory Management (graded)

What is inventory management? Is inventory management really any more than just counting what is available in the warehouse and reporting that to operations? It’s a matter of buying more when you are short, and holding what you have for an emergency, right?

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