Supply Management 2015 November Knec Past Paper


1. (a) Materials planning is one of the activities which fall under supply management function. Highlight the operations that are involved in this activity. (10 marks)
(b) Explain the ways in which materials management may enhance the efficiency of a manufacturing firm. (10 marks)
(a) Explain the factors which may influence a supply chain officer’s decision while determining the quantity of materials to buy foj an organization. (10 marks)
(h) Describe the features of the racking storage system. (10 marks)
3. (a) As an expert in supply chain management, you have been hired by a distribution firm to devise a materials handling system. Highlight the challenges that you may face while undertaking the task. (10 marks)
(b) A consultant hired by Ujuzi manufacturing firm to advise it on the need to adopt ‘green purchasing’ concept, is in the process of preparing a report for the firm.
Explain five aspects of ‘green purchasing’ that the consultant should include in the report. (10 marks)
4. (a) Distribution firms usually monitor the performance of their physical distribution systems. Highlight the reasons that may account for this practice. (10 marks)
(b) You have been directed by your supervisor to assess the efficiency of the materials handling system in the firm. Outline the aspects of materials handling which should be covered during the exercise. (10 marks)
5. (a) Highlight the aspects of materials in which the supply management function should collaborate with the finance department in an organization. (10 marks)
(b) Explain the factors that a company may consider when designing a packaging system for its products. (10 marks)
6. (a) Manufacturing firms are expected to appropriately store materials used in their operations. Explain the reasons that may account for this practice. (10 marks)
(b) A certain company intends to export its products to a foreign country. Explain the factors that may influence the company in selecting the mode of transport for the products. (10 marks)
7. (a) Explain the adverse consequences to a manufacturing firm of failing to efficiently match demand and supply of input materials in its operations. (10 marks)
(b) Outline the role of the transport function in the physical distribution system of a retail organization.

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