Research Paper


Read the article: 7-Eleven Shifts Focus to Healthier Food Options.

Using your knowledge of Supply Chain Management and your academic research skills, complete all of the following:

  1. Describe four changes to the traditional 7-Eleven supply chain that the move to fresh foods will require. In addition, discuss four advantages that 7-Eleven can gain by outsourcing all or most of the fresh food supply chain responsibilities.
  2. Use a basic flow diagram to create a simple supply chain model for delivering fresh sandwiches with eight distinct boxes. You may use the software of your choice to create the diagram; however, it must be readable when copied and pasted or imbedded into your MS Word document.
  3. Recommend either a push-based strategy or pull-based strategy for ordering fresh foods and justify your recommendation.
  4. Discuss three advantages and three disadvantages of using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the proposed supply chain.
  5. Describe four businesses that have successfully implemented the retail of fresh foods that would be suitable for 7-Eleven to benchmark.
  6. Discuss four important pieces of information that must be gathered and transmitted using 7-Eleven’s IT networks to support the fresh food supply chain.
  7. Describe how the practice of tanpin kanri (item by item management) may be transferred from 7-Eleven Japan to the United States operation.


Writing the Final Project
The Paper:

  1. Must be eight to twelve double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
  2. Must include a cover page that includes:
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Title of paper
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  3. Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
  6. Must use at least five scholarly or professional resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University Library in addition to the text and the New York Times article.
  7. Must use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all sources.
  8. Must include, on the final page, a Reference Page that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.


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