Risks and Rewards of Supply Chains

Risks and Rewards of Supply Chains


Crud. Your young daughter has an ear infection. You have a telemedicine appointment with the on-call doctor, and they prescribe a medication. You leave your daughter with your spouse, you go to your 24-hour pharmacy, and the pharmacist says it will be about a 40-minute wait. You remember you were working on a discussion post in e-Commerce. Wisely, you brought your tablet. So, you go back to your car to get comfortable, hop on the free Wi-Fi, and work on the post. Think about the e-Commerce changes you have seen over the last few years, as well as all the concepts you have learned across the course. Complete both 1 and 2 in your main post.

  1. Summarize at least two trends in supply chain management and collaboration. Provide one example for each of the trends.
  2. Discuss potential benefits of B2B commerce. Identify how B2B e-Commerce differs in procurement from B2C.


When you respond to your peers, pretend to respond to a business owner that is struggling with supply chain issues in their B2B model. Come up with some suggestions that expand on the main post or provide additional solutions. This is exactly what happens in the real world.

Response Parameters

Prompts for this course are not opinion questions and should, therefore, be supported with scholarly sources. You can use the textbook, but that does not count as your obtained scholarly source.

Scholarly sources should be from current peer-reviewed journal articles (published within the last 36 months) and support your content. So, one of your sources for each of your main posts needs to be published in a valid scholarly journal within the last 36 months—older will not “count” as your supporting source. However, you may include older sources, in addition to more current ones, to further support your posts.

The Proposal requires you to propose a solution that will be supported with sources, as you will be asking to be funded. The discussions allow you to practice this approach. Scholarly sources carry more weight, as they have been validated. Wikipedia, for example, is not a valid source for an academic environment.

Peer responses should also be supported with sources that can be from the textbook, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other reputable sources.

  • Posts should be 300 words in length
  • A minimum of one obtained scholarly source is needed, and it should be included in the reference list at the end of the post
  • All content from the source should be properly cited or quoted in the post, using APA or MLA format. Reminder that quoted content should make up no more than 20% of your post and should be reserved for content, such as statistics and dollar amounts. Overusing an author’s exact words, such as including block quotations to meet word counts, may lead your readers to conclude that you lack appropriate comprehension of the subject matter or that you are neither an original thinker nor a skillful writer.


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