Let’s change gears this week and look at the advances of logistics and what has happened in our society as a result. Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them.For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words.Discuss some of the problems faced by our transportation systems. (This is really a broad topic.)Describe how advances in transportation technology contribute to our improved economic conditions and standards of living.Explain how transportation achieves economies of scale that result in efficiencies and improved access to materials and markets. How has this affected your life?module 3Hi Everyone! Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them. For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words.1) Explain why governments regulate and subsidize transportation. What do you think about the high speed rail system (proposed) in California? Here is a very recent article on the topic. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/15/future-california-multi-billion-dollar-bullet-train-becomes-election-issue-for/2) Explain how the interplay of cost of service and benefit of service result in a marketing clearing price for transportation services. Give examples. module 4Hi Everyone! Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them. For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words. Also, there should be a minimum of three posts by everyone.What do you think about the internet as a mode of transportation?What issues are there in these transportation modes (rail, inland waterways, highways)?module 5Hi Everyone! Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them. For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words. Also, there should be a minimum of three posts by everyone.Explain the structures of the pipeline transportation industry and the current issues facing the industry.Explain the structures of the air cargo industry and the current issues facing the industry.Explain the structures of the water cargo industry and the current issues facing the industry.For the structure you choose to discuss, find at least one web reference that provides further information on the topic.module 6Hi Everyone! Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them. For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words. Also, there should be a minimum of three posts by everyone.Discuss the risks associated with the functioning of the supply chain.Discuss the four techniques for managing transportation risk.Identify the challenges in balancing transportation security and global trade efficiency. How does clearing Customs affect this?module 7Hi Everyone! Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them. For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words. Also, there should be a minimum of three posts by everyone.How much paperwork is actually necessary to get the job done in logistics? What about domestic versus global logistics?Discuss the three critical flows in logistics: information, finance and trade. Which is this most (least) important?Discuss the payment terms options available to exporters and importers.Why is intermodal transportation so important in global trade?module 8Hi Everyone! Please choose ONE of the following topics as your initial post. It is not necessary to make a post/comments about every topic in your initial post. This allows everyone to choose a topic that is most of interest to them. For this discussion, the initial post by each student should be in the range of 200-250 words. Also, there should be a minimum of three posts by everyone.Describe outsourcing of non-core activities. What reasons would cause a company to outsource at all? What needs to be avoided in outsourcing?What is a 3PL provider (give an example) and what role does one play in the movement of goods?MGT 342 Homework #1NOTE: Most students work the homework assignments out in pencil and paper – scan theminto a .pdf file and submit them to the appropriate Dropbox. Others, typically thosewithout a scanner, work them in a Word .doc or Word .docx file and submit them to theappropriate Dropbox in this way.SHORT ANSWER – Please provide a two to three sentence answer to each question.1. According to the book, what can be argued as the glue that holds the supply chain together?2. What is the main source of consumer enlightenment?3. What is one major impact of rising energy costs with respect to sourcing?ESSAY – (Please select two of the following questions and provide a one to three paragraph response)1. Explain how globalization has changed the economic landscape.2. How have enlightened consumers changed the economic environment?3. How has government policy and regulation changed the economic environment?4. How does transportation impact economic growth?MGT 342 Homework #2: Transportation Regulation and Costing/PricingNOTE: Most students work the homework assignments out in pencil and paper – scan theminto a .pdf file and submit them to the appropriate Dropbox. Others, typically thosewithout a scanner, work them in a Word .doc or Word .docx file and submit them to theappropriate Dropbox in this way.SHORT ANSWER – Please provide a two to three sentence answer to each question.1. The main objective of deregulation in transportation was?2. An oligopoly can be defined as:3. What the primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?ESSAY – (Please select two of the following questions and provide a one to three paragraph response)1. What is the role of industry associations in connection with transportation policy development?2. Transportation project planning is described as a public activity where purely financial return is not theoverriding benefit to be attained. Give the reasons why this activity is a major part of the publicactivity in the U.S. economy.3. Transportation safety continues to receive significant government attention. Is this linked to economicderegulation? Explain your answer. What is the intent of federal safety regulations?4. Distinguish between the terms “rates” and “price” as relates to transportation?5. Define and discuss Cost of Service Pricing.6. What is the current status of rates under deregulation?Homework Assignment #3 : Air, Water, and PipelineNOTE: Most students work the homework assignments out in pencil and paper – scan theminto a .pdf file and submit them to the appropriate Dropbox. Others, typically thosewithout a scanner, work them in a Word .doc or Word .docx file and submit them to theappropriate Dropbox in this way.SHORT ANSWER – Please provide a two to three sentence answer to each question.1. The most widely known case of drugs and/or alcohol resulting in a transportation disaster is?2. What was the passenger fatality rate for autos versus airlines in 2006?3. How many ports are there in the U.S.?ESSAY – (Please select two of the following questions and provide a one to three paragraph response)1.
What is the nature of water transportation and trace the developmental importance of the mode.2. What is are at least two of the unique aspects of the pipeline industry?3. Describe the role of gathering lines and trunk lines in pipeline operations.4. Since pipelines transport liquids, how do they keep the various liquids from mixing together?What happens in they do mix?5. Why are water terminals provided by the public and operated by local government agencies?6. Discuss and describe the competition as it relates to the water carriers.Using Case Study in Chapter One, “The Red Ball Express” or the Case Study in Chapter Two, “Opportunity Knocks” prepare a paper that is consistent with the syllabus requirements.Although there are no limitations to the length of the paper required for case study assignments, in general, the paper should be at least two pages with double spacing. Be sure to follow all APA requirements.Submit your Case Study assignment to the appropriate course Dropbox2Complete a response to the one of the case studies at the end of Chapter Five, “Hardee Transportation” or “Squire Transportation,” or the end of Chapter Six, “CBN Railway Company” or Railroad Regulation.”Although there are no limitations to the length of the paper required for case study assignments, in general, the paper should be at least two pages with double spacing. Be sure to follow all APA requirements.Submit your Case Study assignment to the appropriate course Dropbox3Complete a response to the one of the case studies at the end of Chapter Nine, “Young Again Pharmaceuticals” or “Tiger Golf.”Although there are no limitations to the length of the paper required for case study assignments, in general, the paper should be at least two pages with double spacing. Be sure to follow all APA requirements.Submit your Case Study assignment to the appropriate course DropboxDescribe the key provisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995.Question 2. Question :Explain how transportation helps determine the economic value of a product.Question 3. Question :The growth in global trade has been fueled by free trade agreements (FTAs). Why does an FTA work? What American work areas are specifically cites as benefiting from expanding opportunities due to FTAs? What countries does the US have FTAs with?Question 4. Question :What is the primary method of international transportation? What are some of the types of transport vehicles?Question 5. Question :The theory of contestable markets is offered to identify the relevant market structure for the deregulated transportation environment. Explain the theory.Question 6. Question :What is the purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement? How has it impacted trade between the US, Canada and Mexico?Question 7. Question :Distinguish between the terms “rates” and “price” as relates to transportation?Question 8. Question :Explain how consolidation and integration of the supply chain has impacted the economic environment.Question 9. Question :Explain the difference between for-hire and private carriers.Question 10. Question :Why are there so many motor carriers, particularly in the Truck Load sector?

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