Supplier selection is now a global concern, with competition coming from countries all over the world. Circumstances like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis have a negative impact on the movement of products from country to country (and even between companies in the same country). Investigate such international supply chains and answer the following questions in a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document:
When determining the supplier who should be used in procuring a product, to what extent does location (proximity to the customer) impact the desirability of a supplier?
What factors can offset (at least partially, if not entirely) the lack of desirability of a location (in terms of its proximity to the customer)?
How is supplier selection related to the execution of a successful corporate strategy?
What company is well known for its successful or tightly integrated supply chain relationships? Cite a source for your suggested company to document that the company is thought to do well in the competitive environment.
Support your responses with examples.
Cite any sources in APA format.
Discussed the importance of location in assessing supplier desirability.
Described other factors in supplier selection that can offset the lack of a proximate location.
Explained the relationship between supplier selection and execution of a successful corporate strategy.
Provided an example of a well integrated supply chain organization, including citing the source that was used to document such success or integration.
Used correct spelling, grammar, and professional vocabulary. Cited all sources using APA format.
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