Case Background: You are to take on the role of Kathryn Marley. You are to address your brief to the president of the company, Johnny Bennett.

Download the 5-step critical-thinking decision-making matrix.

Complete the questions concerning Step 1: Identify the problem(s) and uncertainties based on the assigned problem.

Complete Step 2: Obtaining Information on the matrix. Specifically, you are required to do a manual MRP explosion for the sidelamps and headlamps for the next 6 weeks (beginning with the current week). Assume that it is now the start of week 1. Fill in the planned order releases form provided in Table 16.15. It should show the planned order releases for all items for the next 6 weeks.

Worksheets on the manual MRP explosion and list the actions that planners should consider this week to (1) release new orders, (2) expedite scheduled changes, and (3) delay a scheduled receipt's due date.

Complete Step 3: Make predictions about the future on the matrix.

Complete Step 4: Make decisions by choosing among the alternatives on the matrix. Review the Sample Business Brief and the grading rubric for the assignment. Write a one-page analysis according to the Business Brief Guidelines. Complete sentences must be used (bullets not acceptable). Your analysis must be written using a concise writing style. Your brief should incorporate all of following instructions:

An opening paragraph briefly introducing the case situation.

Note: The first half of opening paragraph is to provide a synopsis of the company. The second half of the opening paragraph is state the problem (From Step 1 of the matrix).

Analysis header – The analytical section should be based on your personal assessment of the situation. Develop your analysis by addressing the following points. The information for this section of brief should be derived from Steps 2 and 3 of the matrix.

Analysis of the data derived when completing Step 2.

Identification of the good and bad points of MRP implementation at Flashy Flashers.

Conclusion header – This section should include your opinion based on your analysis of the case information and situation outcome. Your recommendation should address the following question and provide only key relevant information and logical discussion in support of your opinion:

How can the resource planning process at Flashy Flashers be improved upon? (From Step 4 of the matrix)

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To: Johnny Bennett
Subject: Flashy Flashers

Flashy Flashers Inc. is a producer of a line of electrical automotive components. The company serves 95 car dealers and parts suppliers regionally. Flashy Flashers demand for items is substantial, and recently they have installed a new MRP system, with a goal of improving company’s processes.

After a year, the MRP system has not managed to meet the expectations, which is...
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