University of Phoenix
Computers and Information Processing
Otis Langford, MS
23 May 2006
Riordan Manufacturing's Business Development Needs
Riordan Manufacturing is currently in the process of undergoing a feasibility study to improve supply chain functionality. To date, Riordan has 550 individuals working at four separate locations in the United States and China (Riordan, 2006). The goal of Riordan Manufacturing's Leadership is to standardize inventory control among the locations, simplify the production-to-shipping process, and employ leading edge technology to maximize profit and customer satisfaction. Currently Riordan has no established uniform system for dealing with inventory management. The purpose of this study is to assess the benefits of standardizing inventory control and suggesting solutions to the company's technology concerns.
Primarily the shipping and receiving departments at each of Riordan's four locations will use the innovative system of inventory control and supply-chain management. The goal of the shipping and receiving departments is to receive the raw materials necessary for production and to ship manufactured goods upon completion of production. Currently Riordan has a receiving area supervisor, receiving clerk, and a receiving team responsible for the inventory control of the organization (Riordan, 2006). These individuals will be responsible for implementation of the new system when it is in place. Before execution of the new system can begin, a training program has to be undertaken to get users of the new system up to speed with system requirements and functionality.
The new system will consist of a network which will encompass all four Riordan locations, an online website for use by employees as well as customers, and a database program which will store all pertinent data. The network will provide for simplified communication between locations... [continues]
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