In Unit 1, you selected a product- and service-based Fortune 1000  company. You will analyze and evaluate this one company in four related  assignments. Each assignment applies different aspects of theory and  practice to the selected company’s approach to GSCM. This is the  first of the four related assignments:

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  • Unit 3 – Logistics and Supply Chain Context (Units 1–3).
    • Purpose: Analyze and evaluate the role of collaboration in a selected company’s approach to GSCM.


Each assignment builds on the work you did in preceding units. You  are welcome to reuse your previous work as you draft each assignment.


Write a research paper that analyzes and evaluates the role of  collaboration in your selected company’s approach to GSCM. Use the  following outline to structure the headings and content for your  research paper:

  • Introduction.
    • ​State the purpose of the paper.
    • Describe the structure of the paper.
  • Regional Trade Agreements.
    • Identify the regional and other trade agreements that affect your selected company.
      • What issues must you be most aware of?
      • What risks are important?
    • Analyze the consequences of choosing wrong characteristics when  classifying products for tariffs. (Use the Harmonized Tariff Schedule  (HTS) site by the U.S. International Trade Commission in your analysis.)  Choose one of the following options:
      • Option A: Choose a product your company  sells globally that has various tariff schedules depending on region,  which you can find using the HTS page. Using this page, examine the  various tariffs that can be applied depending on the source and  type. How much will it affect your profitability? Would it be worth  spending the time to figure out source and type?
      • Option B: Assume your company is importing  salmon from Finland. You do not know where it originates or what type of  salmon it is. Using the HTS page, examine the various tariffs that can  be applied depending on the source and type. How much will it affect  your profitability? Would it be worth spending the time to figure out  source and type?
    • Apply the NAFTA tribunal process to navigate laws that may impact the selected company. Choose one of the following options:
      • Option A: Locate a city in Mexico or Canada  where your company is operating. Recently, this small town has enacted  green effluent laws that will affect your profitability. Assuming your  margin is very small, any increase in costs will damage your  profitability. What recourse do you have? How would you go about  handling this issue? Identify areas of uncertainty and/or knowledge gaps  that may impact your strategy.
      • Option B: Your company processes and cans  salmon in Delores Hidalgo, Mexico. Recently, the small town has enacted  green effluent laws that will affect your profitability. Assuming your  margin is very small, any increase in costs will damage your  profitability. What recourse do you have? How would you go about  handling this issue? Identify areas of uncertainty and/or knowledge gaps  that may impact your strategy.
  • Global Collaborations.
    • Describe the selected company’s outsourcing strategy in detail.  (Integrate the executive summary you drafted for the discussion in Unit  2.)
      • Include the risks you found.
      • Evaluate whether the company’s outsourcing strategy is sustainable.
      • Explain how you would change the system to make it (more) sustainable.
  • Global Supply Chain Strategy.
    • Describe the selected company’s global supply chain in detail.
      • What model does it appear to be using?
      • Do you find your company to be following best practices, using the 4R model versus the APICS report?
      • What are the consistencies and inconsistencies you find?
  • Global Risk Factors.
    • Assess the effectiveness of the selected company’s approach to GSCM.
      • Use Part 1 of the Supply Chain Risk Assessment Survey as a reference point.
      • Integrate responses from the discussion in this unit.
      • Explain how effective is the company’s approach.
      • Include the risks that most impact the company’s effectiveness.
      • Explain how you would overcome or prepare for these risks to mitigate losses that can occur, if these issues arise.
      • Explain how you would suggest it improves the strategy.
  • Optional: Explanatory Videos.
    • Consider embedding explanatory videos that support your observations.
  • Conclusion.
    • ​Revisit key points and important takeaways.
    • Discuss information gaps and questions for additional research.

Additional Requirements

Your assignment should meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for style and format, including a cover page, headings, references, and citations.
  • References: Correlate your responses to assigned  articles and integrate at least four references from  scholar-practitioner sources that you locate.
  • Length: A minimum of 1,800 words, not counting the title page or references section.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.