Supply Chain Management vs. Mother Nature Case Study

  1. Read the attached case study: “Supply Chain Management vs. Mother Nature”.
  2. Using the information presented in the case and the supporting data included in the Appendix,
    provide answers to the following questions.
    a) Consider Rapid Razor and Close Shave and the disruption they are facing. How do the supply chains of both companies differ? What are the risk management strategies and tradeoffs the companies have in their supply chains? Explain.
    b) At first glance, based on the description of the situation and the data available, which company is better prepared for handling the disruption? Explain. What could both companies do to lower the risk for future disruptions?
    c) Assume it will take at least 2-3 days to find a new supplier. What operational decisions/steps do you expect Rapid Razor and Close Shave to take to best resolve the crisis?
    d) Close Shave lost their single supplier and must find a new one. They evaluate two possible suppliers, one in Mexico and one in China. What are the tradeoffs between the new supplier options?
  1. Now, watch how a real-life consumer packaged goods company dealt with disruption when a natural disaster threatened their ability to conduct business. In one paragraph, summarize Procter & Gamble’s response to Hurricane Irma. Why were they able to respond to the disruption the way they did?

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