Transportation is not only a critical component of societies and the global economy, but the effective management of transportation is important to the sustainable success of organizations. Many small and mid-size firms do not have a comprehensive transportation strategy to manage their inputs (such as supplies) or outputs (such as finished goods). Fast-growing firms also stumble during growth phases when customers from across the country or across the globe begin to demand their products. Because there are constant changes in geopolitics, regulations, and business needs, even large multinational organizations require constant evaluation of their transportation networks.
In the summative assessment for this course, you will draw from the information covered in the course modules, as well as from relevant research, to develop a comprehensive transportation plan for the scenario provided below.
Milestone Three addresses the following course outcomes:
ï‚· Evaluate the relationship between the transportation industry and local, national, and global economies for informing organizational decisions ï‚·
Develop comprehensive managerial strategies for planning and executing a global transportation network
Review: You work for a company in Manchester, NH that manufactures a unique running shoe that has grown in popularity beyond the local region and is now being demanded across the United States. Your current distribution centers are located in Albany, NY, Phoenix, AZ, and Jacksonville, FL. Your company has also begun to receive inquiries from retailers in the European Union that are interested in selling your shoes. To begin selling overseas, your company has partnered with a company that will manage a distribution center in Munich, Germany.
While looking into your current distribution plans, you find that you have no comprehensive transportation plan. You see that transportation in your company is typically an afterthought; this will not do if you are going to begin selling across the United States and Europe, as planned.
Prompt: For this assessment, you continue developing a comprehensive strategy for planning and executing a global transportation network by predicting what long-term issues will affect your plan and how your network may adapt to these challenges. In addition, you will analyze how the massive increase in transportation coming from your production hub will affect the local area in terms of economy, sustainability, and corporate image. Be sure to include both the positive and adverse effects your operation will have on the local area. Be sure to refer to concepts learned in this course and include additional peer-reviewed research to support your conclusions.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed in this milestone:
II. Impact on Economy
A. Considering the transportation infrastructure in the United States, what long-term sustainability considerations will the transportation plan affect? How might such considerations affect the plan? For example, consider the infrastructure improvements that will be necessary in the upcoming decade to sustain current levels of operation. Support your answers with real-world examples or evidence.
B. How might specific current and potential geopolitical factors affect your transportation to the European Union? How can you plan to allay future disruptions? Support your answers with citations from current news sources.
C. Explain how issues may arise surrounding transportation to and from the immediate area around the central production plant in Manchester, NH as demand for the product increases. Consider factors such as noise, pollution, jobs, and environmental concerns. Be sure to include support for your answers.
D. From a managerial standpoint, compare the advantages and disadvantages of partnering with firms headquartered in the United States versus firms headquartered outside of the United States. Which decision would you ultimately make? Explain your rationale.
Guidelines for Submission: Your paper should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and should be 3â€“5 pages in length, including a reference page. Your paper should include at least three peer-reviewed journal articles or other scholarly sources. References and any in-text citations must be formatted in APA (6th edition) style.