>Chapter 6 is titled “Solicitation of Bids and Proposals” and includes the following topics:
- Sourcing off the shelf, sourcing with modification, and new product sourcing
- Sourcing of services
- Solicitation methods
>Chapter 7 is titled “Supplier Evaluation and Selection” and includes the following topics:
- Evaluation criteria
- Managing supplier quality
- Evaluation scorecards
>Wall Street Journal: “Electric-Car Demand Pushes Lithium Prices to Records,” Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/electric-car-demand-pushes-lithium-prices-to-records-11663749409?mod=Searchresults_pos20&page=1Links to an external site.
>Pocket-Lint article “Future batteries, coming soon: Charge in seconds, last months and power over the air,” Link: https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/130380-future-batteries-coming-soon-charge-in-seconds-last-months-and-power-over-the-airLinks to an external site.
Please review the assigned materials before answering the questions below.
- Please select a battery technology from the Pocket-Lint article that you believe could be used for a battery that outperforms current Lithium-Ion batteries for electronic vehicles. Explain why your choice is the best alternative to consider. Would an automobile manufacturer consider this purchase a commercially available product, a commercially available product that needs modification, or a commercial product that is unavailable and requires customization? Why?
- What type of solicitation would you recommend for evaluating suppliers of batteries of the new technology you selected in Question 1 (IFB, RFQ, RFI, Sealed Bid, Other)? Why?
- The Pocket-Lint article discusses a new technology based on solid-state technology for batteries that could radically disrupt the lithium-ion battery industry. Please describe how automobile manufacturers could evaluate potential suppliers of solid-state batteries using a weighted scorecard (Table 7.7). Please provide a weighted scorecard with at least five criteria for suppliers of solid-state batteries.
- Please provide an insightful question about evaluating suppliers of new technology, such as solid-state batteries for automobile production. Why is this an important question?