First, watch this video about â€œZappos,â€ an online shoe and accessories merchant (now owned by Amazon). http://www.viddler.com/embed/251fdd3e/?f=1&player=… You may also want to review the â€œabout usâ€ information on the Zappos website: http://www.zappos.com/c/about-zappos 1. First Contribution (posts due by Wednesday 6/19 9pm) Please answer the following questions: a. How do you think Zappos determines how many of what size/style of shoe to order to stock in their warehouse? Explain using concepts from the textbook. b. What inventory model is most appropriate for Zappos? (fixed-order quantity or fixed-time period) Explain using concepts from the textbook. c. Amazon purchased Zappos in 2009 for $1.2B. Why would this be good (or bad) for Zappos (besides receiving the cash from the sale)? Specifically, if you were on the Zappos board of directors at the time, what questions would you be asking related to operations and supply chain concepts before deciding to sell? Think about it in terms of order winners and qualifiers, and how operations and supply chain strategies can increase the long-term value of the firm.
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