Designing A Inventory System For Nike

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My company is always searching for methods that will help companies become more efficient. Recently, I had the privilege of attending a Microsoft conference that introduced Nike’s Chairman, President and CEO, Mark Parker as the guest speaker. Apparently, due to, demand fluctuations and stiff competition, Nike now has an abundance of excess inventory. Upon hearing this startling revelation, I immediately thought about the Adapting Supply Chains to Tough Times, case study I read the other day. However, the problem that I discovered with Nike is that it has multiple locations, that all have different inventory needs. For instance, the Air Jordan X Retro “OVO” might sell well on the west coast, but not as well in the east. Therefore, my dilemma was to incorporate components of inventory management that would fit every location. Obviously, I had already begun envisioning an effective inventory system for Nike before being asked to do so. Luckily, after the conference Microsoft supplied lunch, which was a Godsend because my stomach was emitting the most embarrassing sounds one would ever hear. At any rate, since I have a good relationship with Bill Gates, I was assigned a seat at his table. By chance, Mark Parker was also assigned to the table, as a matter of fact, he sat right next to me. Clearly, it would not be proper etiquette for me to start discussing business after introducing myself. Therefore, I took the time to learn a bit more about Mark. First, he joined Nike in 1979 and from that point on, he held various management positions within the company, until becoming the CEO in 2006. Thus, to say I was impressed would be an understatement. Eventually, I shared more about myself, then we exchanged business cards and promised to ke... ... middle of paper ... ...m just happy that I got the opportunity to present my ideas.” On that note, we got up shook hands and his secretary came in there to ensure he made his next meeting (Rai, Patnayakuni, & Seth, 2006). In conclusion, I explained my proposals in great details with the hope that Nike will take some of my suggestions into consideration. Ultimately, it is up to Nike to decided which system will work best for its environment. Subsequently, maybe there were certain elements that I spent too much time on, and, maybe there were elements that I didn’t spend enough time on. Regardless, I felt confident about the information, and I’m certain that either way it goes, I will be hearing from Mr. Parker again. Surprisingly, before I left the building I received a lifetime pass to the Nike Employee Store. Therefore, I will be revisiting the store. “Would you like to come, Dr. Deming?”

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