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Chevy Volt: Pricing and Capacity Decisions in Response to Government Incentives for the Electric Vehicle Industry

At the end of 2013, executives from General Motors (GM) must make decisions about what production capacity and price to allocate to the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle considering the costs of supply chain shift necessary to make changes in the assembly process. Concerns about battery life, price, and driving range have influenced most consumers' decisions to continue to purchase conventional fuel ...

Eastman Tritan

This case is used in Darden's Supply-Chain Operations elective. The field-based case gives supply-chain educators the ability to teach the newsvendor model with pricing under a capacity constraint using real-life decisions. By 2005, Eastman Chemical Company, based in Tennessee, had created a new specialty plastic, Tritan, which demonstrated heat resistance and durability properties that might allo ...

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Authors: Raz, Gal
This note provides an introduction to supply chain management. The note examines the fundamentals of supply chain management and provides a framework for choosing the right supply chain to fit the product a company is making and the environment it is in. Using examples of companies such as P&G, Dell, Zara, Seven Eleven Japan (SEJ) the note describes how a successful supply chain strategy can provi ...

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc., in China: Transferring Knowledge (A) and (B) (Abridged)

This version condenses the two parts of "K&S Industries Inc. in China: Transferring Knowledge (A) and (B)" into a single-use case. Suitable for the MBA, EMBA, GEMBA, and executive education programs, the case presents a manufacturer of semiconductor assembly equipment looking to achieve growth in its wire bonding tools segment?in particular, capillaries and dicing saw blades?through geographic exp ...

Managing Inventories: The Newsvendor Model

Authors: Raz, Gal
This note uses the traditional newsvendor model to present strategies for inventory management when demand is uncertain. Methods for determining the critical ratio of overage and underage costs and the optimal stock level are discussed. ...

Passover in Costa Rica

Authors: Raz, Gal
This simple case enables students to examine a supply chain coordination problem in the context of a two-level supply chain with a retailer and a supplier. The case examines a retailer's decision about its optimal order quantity from his supplier and the difference between this decentralized decision and the coordinated decision achieved when the retailer and the supplier are part of the same comp ...

Picante Mexican Grill: A New Delhi Experience

Modeled loosely after the American restaurant chain Chipotle, Picante Mexican Grill seeks to offer fresh and healthy vegetarian fast-food options. The owners of this start-up chain in Gurgaon, India, struggle to manage their quickly growing operation. As they consider expanding into new locations, diverse issues--including determining store hours, location, managing centralized production, and mee ...

Sandvik Coromant Recycling Concept

Lars Hallberg is preparing for a meeting with the executive management of Sandvik Tooling, a world leader in metal cutting tools. The purpose of the meeting is to review the Coromant Recycling Concept (CRC), a global recycling program for Coromant, the leading brand of Sandvik Tooling. The case is an opportunity to evaluate a global recycling program, including its value to the company from busine ...

Supply Chain Coordination and Contracts

Authors: Raz, Gal
This note addresses the dynamics of supply chains as they affect profits--how profits may be both maximized overall and equitably distributed across the supply chain. Influences of pricing and stocking are discussed, as are the benefits and shortcomings of coordination by the most common types of contract. ...

Uncle Coco's Magic Shop: A Negotiation Exercise

Authors: Raz, Gal
A toy retailer plans to order a new product from an untested supplier for the winter holiday season. This exercise provides an opportunity for students to construct a model to determine optimal order quantity when demand is not known. Profits are calculated based on wholesale pricing, revenue-sharing, profit-sharing, and buyback contracts. ...

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc., in China: Transferring Knowledge (A)

While much of the work on outsourcing to China focuses on the low cost and its tradeoffs, this case examines in depth the interaction between human capital and a firm's cost and capabilities. Suitable for the MBA, EMBA, GEMBA, and executive education programs, the case presents a manufacturer of semiconductor assembly equipment looking to achieve growth in its wire bonding tools segment?in particu ...

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc., in China: Transferring Knowledge (B)

While much of the work on outsourcing to China focuses on the low cost and its tradeoffs, this case examines in depth the interaction between human capital and a firm's cost and capabilities. Suitable for the MBA, EMBA, GEMBA, and executive education programs, the case presents a manufacturer of semiconductor assembly equipment looking to achieve growth in its wire bonding tools segment?in particu ...
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