INTERNATIONAL TRADE OPERATIONS

INTERNATIONAL TRADE OPERATIONS

ASSIGNMENT 1

“A clear majority are either in the process of evaluating their supply network, just completed an evaluation or are just about to start one.”
Steve Rowe, Managing Partner, RSR Research, 2012 Global Supply Chain Summit

It is clear from the above comment that retailers are currently focusing on the state of their global supply chains. As the internationalisation of retailing has increased on a global basis, continuity of supply has become a key issue for them. Retailers such as Wal-mart are operating in North and South America, Asia, Europe and the company also recently announced its entry into the emerging market of South Africa.

a)    Assess the risks related to supplying multiple markets across the world
b)    Suggest what actions retailers should take in order to maintain continuity of   supply

•    Essay format. You may include appendices with supplementary relevant material, but this should not contain copies of your research articles. Each appendix should be numbered and give a title and source. The essay should not contain headings or sub-headings.
•    You should include a title page.
•    Your points should be supported by examples or statistics where appropriate. Your examples should come from a range of retailers.
•    Word limit 2500 words, this does not include appendices.
•    This assignment is worth 50% of your total mark for this module.
•    Submission – 24 November 2014, electronic copy via Turnitin by 23.59
•    This assignment is eligible for tutor referral.

Marking Schedule

Assessment of risk            40%
Suggestions                45%
Evidence of Research            10%
Structure, language, grammar etc.      5%

Marking Criteria

Assessment of Risk
•    Appropriateness of risks identified
•    Understanding of theory
•    Application of theory
•    Level of assessment

Suggestions
•    Appropriateness of suggestions to the international/global retail context
•    Understanding of theory
•    Application of theory

References
•    Number of references
•    Range of relevant references
•    Correct referencing in text and reference list

Presentation etc.

•    Essay format
•    Structure
•    Spelling and grammar
•    Use of appropriate language and terminology

Learning Outcomes
1.    Demonstrate a critical understanding of the need for international purchasing and global sourcing and of its operational aspects
2.    Assess  the impact of operational aspects of importing and exporting on international business
3.    Identify & evaluate appropriate international purchasing & global sourcing strategies

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