Amazon is a prime example of a company that has successfully managed its supply chain to achieve growth and profitability. Research the progression of Amazon’s supply chain integration. Write a 1,000-1,250 word paper that addresses the following questions:
1. How do sales and operations planning in supply chain integration impact the company overall? What would Amazon’s medium and long-term forecast inform the operations management department? How do logistics, transportation modes, and warehouse locations impact competitiveness?
2. How does global sourcing and procurement impact the overall effectiveness of the supply chain? What are the benefits and challenges that have occurred when outsourcing logistic and other functions?
3. How has Amazon successfully leveraged e-commerce strategies to promote supply chain integration and boost sales and growth for the organization? Which strategy has been particularly effective and why?
4. Do you feel Amazon sets an example for other companies to model regarding supply chain integration? Consider ethical implications in your response.