Fast Fit Case

War has both advanced and extinguished civilizations throughout history, it has been present for as long as humans have been around to partake. Whether it is merely in our nature to fght, or civilizations are destined to clash due to cultural differences is a mystery. Without warfare the world today would be a drastically different place- many would argue that a utopia would result.

War not only affects those whose lives are in danger, but also the entire nation as families lose members.

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A veteran of any ar has most likely lost somebody they cared about in battle, and have been changed by the experience. Commonly, veterans of war have many stories to share about their experiences abroad. Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary created by Ari Folman, an Israeli veteran who did his military service during the 1982 Israeli incursion into Lebanon.

The film is composed of interviews between Folman and his comrades from the war; he is unable to recollect anything that took place during his service. In Ari Folman’s film Waltz with Bashir it is evident that by witnessing raumatic events he has blocked out a considerable amount of time from memory, and must determine the role he played in such events to feel at peace with himself.

Author Tim O’Brien’s narrative, “How to Tell a True War Story’, and Amy Taubin’s article “Drawn from Memory’, provide insight into the relationship between witnessing something scarring and its long-term effect on memory. When a traumatic event occurs in warfare, there are those who took part and those who simply witnessed. O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story’ indicates that witnessing Fast Fit Case By milehighcub Management Info Systems Figure 1 Chronological Listing: 1 . Customer purchases clothing Case 1 2.

Store accepts payment and gives clothes to customer 3. Store informs HQ of sale 4.

HQ contacts supplier to order more inventory 5. Supplier confirms order 6. Supplier ships new inventory to warehouse 7. Supplier notifies HQ inventory has shipped 8. Warehouse confirms to HQ that inventory was received 9.

Warehouse ships new inventory to store 10. Store confirms to HQ that they received new inventory 2a) pos Info 1. Items being purchased (barcodes) 2. Price of items 3. Payment method 4. Time of purchase 5.

Cashier information ) Store Manager Items being purchased Need to know to order more inventory from warehouse Can track items popularity and push promotions for more sales Price of items Can determine if prices are too high or low depending on amount of each type of items purchased and adjust accordingly Can track revenues for the company Payment method Can determine extra expenses due to credit card company charging the store a percentage extra on every credit card transaction Can determine cash flows for use in improving the company depending on if customers pay by cash or with a card Time of purchase

Can determine non-busy times and try to push promotions to increase sales at those times or days 3a) One way to obtain customer information would be to implement a FastFit rewards card. Many retail stores use these and they offer discounts to customers that pay with their stores rewards card. It encourages customers to return to the store and also the store gains all of the customer’s personal information in order to give them the rewards card. Another way to obtain customer information would be to offer a savings for customers that fill out an online survey.

Details on the survey can be laced on the back of all purchase receipts and following the competition of the survey the customer can bring back the receipt with the corresponding survey competition number for a small discount. In addition to these two ways of obtaining customer information, FastFit could implement an app for their stores.

Immediately following the download, the customer would have to fill out their personal information and they could then proceed into the app. The app could include everything from store locations, sales and promotions, and the various items in the store. ) FastFit Rewards Card HQ can track how frequently customers come to each location and try to increase the loyalty and frequency of visits by implementing better and better rewards for more loyal customers. Store manager can track customers purchases based on their demographics and better suit their inventories to target their customers purchases and expand or better target their target market Online Survey Store manager could use the survey to determine the overall satisfaction of the customers visit and target specific employees based on the customer reviews.

This will improve the staff while also improving their customers shopping experience so hey are encouraged to return more often FastFit App HQ can use the customers information gained from the app to see which products are most viewed by their customers and then offer promotions so that customers come to the stores to purchase those items 4a) Information Elements 1 .

Amount of inventory sold at each store 2. Type of inventory sold at each store 3. Demographic of customers at each store 4.

Time of year when different items are purchased 5. Address of customers 6.

Shipping costs 7. Cost to produce clothing items Amount of inventory sold at each store HQ can receive this information from the stores themselves. High volume stores are going to need more frequent or larger shipments of inventory so shipping routes from warehouse can be planned to go to these high volume stores more often along HQ can receive this information from the stores.

The types of inventory will indicate what products are more desirable at each location and then can adjust inventory shipments to suit their needs Demographic of customers at each store HQ can receive this information from the stores (using the reward cards, online survey, and app which I mentioned earlier). Different demographics have different tastes and the inventory shipping can be more tailored towards the specific demographics that shop there.

Time of year when different items are purchased HQ can receive this information from the stores.

Using this information, HQ can see which trends are in depending on the weather and other various aspects to ship inventory to stores that are selling more of one trend than another. Address of customers HQ can receive this information from the store (using the reward cards, online survey, and app which I mentioned earlier). Customers could visit a store they ouldn’t normally visit if they are traveling and therefore restocking that item to accommodate that customer would be frivolous. Shipping costs HQ can receive this information from the warehouse.

Stores farther away from the warehouse’s location might require less frequent deliveries with larger shipments to cut costs. Cost to produce clothing items HQ can receive this information from the supplier. An item with high costs could have higher demand in a store location that is in an higher income area. These high cost items could then be focused at these locations and removed from the other tores that don’t sell as many c) Store managers are always trying to minimize costs while maximizing profit.

In order to do this a store manager tries to keep Just enough inventory as to not waste extra money on storing it in the back of the store.

By cutting this inventory level so close to what he predicts to be enough might end up in a shortage and specific items might go out of stock. This creates unhappy customers that might not return. If HQ controls the shipments they can ensure that there will also be sufficient inventory so the stores never run out of specific clothing items.

Another reason why store managers shouldn’t control the replenishing of their inventories is because they don’t know what other stores need for inventory. HQ can accumulate all the inventory needs from all the stores to make bulk purchases from the supplier in an effort to obtain discounts.

Say for example each store puts in their order to the supplier and it amounts to 95 clothing items of a specific type. The discount range could be 100 clothing items so HQ could order an additional 5 items to receive that discount. 1. HQ places order to replenish store’s inventories 2. Supplier confirms order 3.

Supplier ships new inventory to warehouse 4.

Supplier sends invoice to HQ regarding shipping ETA and costs and cost of inventory produced 5. HQ informs warehouse when shipment from supplier will arrive 6. Warehouse confirms to HQ that shipment was received 7. HQ tells warehouse where to ship the new inventories 8. Warehouse confirms the ETA of the inventories shipments 9. HQ tells warehouse the price they should label on the tags for when they get to the store to be sold to the customer 10.

Warehouse sends invoice to HQ when the shipment arrives at the stores with the cost of shipping b) Figure 3

Chronological List: 1 . Customer purchases desired clothing 2. Store confirms purchase and customer takes clothes Although the system diagram between the HQ, warehouse, and supplier (figure 2) looks more complicated than the system diagram between the customer and the store (figure 3); it’s not. In terms of efficiency and process issues, figure 3 is much less complex. In fgure 2, HQ has control a majority of the information needed to make the inventory restocking process as efficient as possible between the warehouse, supplier and the stores.

HQ has the sales of specific items and knows that those tems need to be restocked for certain prices which are provided by both the warehouse and the supplier. On the other hand, the stores need vital customer information that is difficult to obtain in the typical retail setting. Customers merely come into the store, pick out what they want, pay for it, then head home; leaving the store without crucial information such as the customers’ age, income level, fitness level, among other things.

With this information, stores could expontially increase their sales by better targeting their customers more specifically with inventory that they most desire. There is a large information gap here and the best way to increase the stores’ efficiency would be to find a means to obtain the value information about stated earlier about their customers. 6a) Information Elements: 1 .

Cost to produce 2. Cost to ship clothing from supplier to warehouse 3. Quality of clothing 4. Amount of clothing 5. Time period it takes to produce and ship clothing 6.

Other suppliers prices to produce and ship clothing Cost to produce The cost to produce the clothing directly correlates to the amount of money HQ would have to pay to purchase the clothing. HQ can receive this information from its supplier. If another company can produce the same clothing for a cheaper price then maybe a manager at HQ would decide to either switch suppliers or use this to leverage a lower price Cost to ship clothing from supplier to warehouse HQ can obtain this information from the supplier.

If the supplier is requesting too much money to ship their newly produced inventories to the warehouse, a manager at HQ might consider outsourcing the shipping to another company. Quality of clothing HQ can obtain this information from the warehouse.

If the quality is subpar than HQ can either pay a smaller amount than requested by the supplier or they can insist on he supplier producing new products that are up to par Amount of clothing HQ can obtain this information from their store managers.

The amount of inventory needed is crucial to the efficiency of the business. The supplier needs to be able to produce as many clothes that are requested by the HQ. Also many suppliers offer a discount on large bulk orders. If HQ believes they are purchasing an order large enough to be discounted, then they should request a lower price from the supplier. Time period it takes to produce and ship clothing HQ can obtain this information from the supplier.

The supplier needs to be able to eplenish the used inventory in stores in a timely manner.

The stores cannot be out of stock of items or this will hinder the business. HQ could even pay a higher price to ensure that the supplier will work harder to produce the items at a faster rate Other suppliers prices to produce and ship clothing HQ can receive this information from research on other suppliers. HQ can use this information to leverage a lower price from their current supplier if they can find another one that can produce the same goods for a lower price. If this does not work, HQ could even consider switching suppliers.