Kuiper Leda

Essay by jennymohonUniversity, Master'sA+, January 2008

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Generic Benchmarking: Kuiper Leda


Generic Benchmarking: Kuiper Leda

Kuiper Leda, Inc. is an electronic components manufacturer that specializes in the production of Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and sensors for the automotive industry. In addition, Kuiper Leda has recently begun to manufacture Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs). Presently, Kuiper Leda has received a sizeable order from Midland Motors, a major equipment manufacturer in the automotive industry. In order to meet this increased demand for its products; Kuiper Leda must implement strategic changes. These changes should address not only increasing production capabilities but also to ensuring that the production of its other current customer orders is completed in a timely manner. Kuiper Leda faces several issues and challenges. Each challenge that Kuiper Leda faces can be turned into an opportunity which will enable the company to grow and become a competitive force within the industry.

Kuiper Leda wants to address some of the issues and compare theirs to present day organizations facing similar challenges. The key issues affecting Kuiper Leda will also be identified and contrasted against the researched organizations. The benchmarked companies include: British American Tobacco Company, Corporate Express, Daimler, Dell, H.E.Butt Grocery Company Hewlett-Packard, K-Mart, Motorola, Office Depot, Southwest Airlines, Toyota, and Wal-Mart.

Domestic and Global Best Practices in Supply Chain Management

Best practices are an important part of the supply chain. Both domestic and global practices are worth researching. Best practices can involve outsourcing, global sourcing, and design strategy. Kuiper Leda needs to benchmark other companies that use best practices to give them ideas on how to improve their own supply chain.

"Outsourcing is the act of moving some of a firm's internal activities and decision responsibility to outside providers" (Aquilano, Chase...