assigment questions

Chapter 3:

  1. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a report card every four to five years grading the condition of sixteen infrastructural systems that are vital to the US. Unfortunately, America’s 2013 GPA is a D+ (which is actually up from the 2009 GPA of D-). Visit the ASCE report card web site at (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. , select one the sixteen that you feel provides the most risk to global logistics and SCM. Write a brief discussion (no more than ½ page) supporting your claim.
  2. Using the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grading system (see Ch 3, problem 1 above) and in the context of your conclusions from Ch 1, problem 1, assign a letter grade to each of the following infrastructures from a worldwide (global) infrastructure perspective. Defend your grade for each. What is your worldwide GPA?
    a. Ports
    b. Canals and waterways
    c. Airports
    d. Rail

Chapter 4:

  1. When is it appropriate to use (1) contracting manufacturing, (2) licensing, or (3) franchising when setting up production abroad?
  2. What are parallel imports? Provide examples and discuss what typically encourages the practice of parallel imports internationally.
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