Determine the areas in which logistics and the core functional areas (like production, marketing, finance and accounting) might interface and analyse the effectiveness of the current order cycle and inventory management.

PLM Individual Assignment 80% (100 MARKS) of Module Weighting 1.0) INSTRUCTIONS: i) Assignment Submission: All assignment copies are to be submitted online (LMS) on the specific due date agreed upon. ii) Assignment Brief: Select a manufacturer that you are familiar with and assume that you are the logistics manager of this organization. Determine the areas in which logistics and the core functional areas (like production, marketing, finance and accounting) might interface and analyse the effectiveness of the current order cycle and inventory management. Base on your analysis, recommend improvements by applying the theories and concepts found in logistics management. You are required to consult and fully reference a MINIMUM of 10 references (e.g., book; www; journal article from the full-text databases; current affairs magazine; newspaper etc.). The use of WIKIPEDIA online encyclopedia is NOT allowed. The word range of this essay is about 2,000 words. The article must fulfill the following requirements: • More marks will be awarded for reports which provide more detailed discussion and indepth analysis with adequate referencing to the logistics concepts and models. iii) Assignment Format: The report should be presented as follows: • Introduction – Outline the background and purpose of this report (about 100 words) and provide key information about the selected organization (about 200 words). • The Interfaces – Determine the areas in which logistics and three core functional areas, namely production, marketing, accounting and finance of the selected organization might interface. Apply logistical theories and concepts. Diagrams are permitted to help explain concepts (about 500 words). • Order Cycle – Analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of current order processing system of the selected organization and Recommend improvement by applying logistical theories and concepts. Diagrams are permitted to help explain concepts (about 500 words). • Inventory Management – Analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of current inventory management of the selected organization and Recommend improvement by applying logistical theories and concepts. Diagrams are permitted to help explain concepts (about 500 words). • Conclusion – Reinstates all of the significant parts of this report and refers the reader back to the focus that have outlined in the introduction and to the central topic. This gives the report a sense of unity (about 200 words) • Referencing – All sources referred to in your essay, including any diagrams, must be referenced to in-text and be included in a full reference list at the end of the assignment, according to the APA system of referencing. Use the following Kaplan resource to assist • you to do this accurately and consistently: iv) Assignment Style The reference above will also supply you with the Assignment Style rules followed in Kaplan. In short, the main things to apply are as follows: 1. Write your name clearly on the cover page using the Lecturer’s Comment Form 2. Your assignment should be type-written. 3. Spacing 1.5 with font size 12 using Arial font style. 4. Include page no. 5. Include a Reference Page at the end of your assignment. v) Policies (For detailed policy information, please consult your Study Guide) • The penalties for plagiarism and collusion per Kaplan Singapore Academic Policy (found in your Student Handbook) will apply for any breaches. • Late submission of assignment copies handed in to program managers will have marks deducted in accordance to the Kaplan Singapore late submission policy. • Assignments must be submitted in Soft copy via Turnitin and in Hard Copy* to the lecturer on the due date. The hard copy must include the printout of the Turnitin Receipt which shows the ‘similarity’ percentage breakdown. *When submitting to Turnitin do not include the assignment cover sheet or reference list. However, these must be submitted in the hard copy submission

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