Inventory and Supply Chain Issues

Overview:  This section contains manuscripts examining issues related to Inventory and Supply chain.

Carlson, Phillip, “A Systems View of Retail Fashion Planning and Operations”
,ACRA, Winter 1983.A study of coordinating departmental functions in a retailing organization in order to maximize its profitability. Defines departmental functions (planning, style selection, timing, in-floor decisions, and data base design and maintenance). Concentrates almost exclusively on the areas of planning and on-floor decisions. See Item # PCarP83 for overheads to support this paper.

Dandeo, Lisa M., and Fiorito, Susan., “Quick Response Utilization by the Supply Chain in Relation to Financial Goals”,ACRA, Spring 1999.The Quick Response strategy utilized by the textile and apparel industry was designed to shorten delivery times, improve quality, increase flexibility, and provide efficiency in the production and marketing of goods throughout the chain of distribution. This paper examines the effectiveness of the Quick Response strategy by observing the impact on firms’ financial performance.

Fiorito, Susan S, Bonnie B Greenwood, Oh, Jungmi, and Joanna Southerland, , “Entrepreneurship Moves to the World Wide Web”,ACRA, Spring 1999.This paper describes the goals and processes of a grant used to increase entrepreneurship awareness through two vehicles. The first was the development of a web-site on how to start a business and the second is through the design of a marketing brochure that explains sources of information and education available to individuals interested in self-employment.

Fiorito, Susan and Mike Pretious , “Retail Inventory Management: The Current State of Affairs”,ICSC / ACRA Las Vegas May, 2002.This manuscript pulls together data from sources that begin to present a comprehensive picture of the status of retail inventory management today.  Trends in inventory management will also be presented.

Fiorito, Susan and Todd McAllister, “The Uncertain Future of Electronic Data Interchange”,ICSC / ACRA Las Vegas May, 2002.The purpose of this paper is to review the concept of EDI and the main barrier to its widespread implementation, and investigate the potential of XML as EDI's replacement in terms of the electronic transmission of business documents.

Green, Rebecca and Kenner, Janie O. “Apparel Manufacturer Involvement in Retail Selling”,ACRA, April 1992, Dallas.The purpose of this study was to investigate involvement in retail selling by apparel manufacturing firms.

Henley, John R.  and Robert A. Robicheaux, “Inter-firm Relationships in the Gasoline Industry: An Empirical Study”, ACRA, Winter 2005, New York. The purpose of this paper is to report the results of an empirical study of business to business relationships. This study was conducted within the oil/gasoline industry. This study addresses some of the dependent member (gasoline dealers) consequences, which are a result of oil companies’ consolidation of power. Discriminate analyses were conducted to verify the results. The results clearly show that net profit and gross margins are poor across all three groups (dissatisfied, neutral, satisfied) as is expected. Distribution performance and quality of products was viewed as similar across all three groups and, therefore, were not discriminating factors.  These results do in fact confirm our analysis and discussion.

Kincade, Doris H. and  Nancy L Cassill,. “Quick Response: The Building of Partnerships", NACRA, Spring 1990.A study that investigates the strategy of Quick Response. Shifts in the market, restructures of the industry, and advances in technology keep the retail environment in a state of constant change. Quick Response has become an attitude and a mode of business operation for companies who want to survive in this changing world.

Neeley, Concha R.  and Ron Hasty, “Factors Influencing the Adoption and Implementation of Supply Chain Connective Technology with RFID by Retailers and Their Suppliers: A Research Framework View”, ACRA, Winter 2005, New York. Adopting and implementing appropriate connective technology provides a competitive advantage for many firms in the area of supply chain management. Despite the advantage afforded by adopting and implementing connective technology, there remains a wide variation in the adoption rate of technology between industries and among organizations within various industries. The purpose of this paper is to examine organizational and inter-organizational factors influencing the acquisition, as well as successful implementation, of connective supply chain technology. Propositions to guide future research are presented.