The Empowerment Plan (D): Supply Chain Management at a Manufacturing Nonprofit

Case Solution

Rashmi Menon
WDI Publishing at the University of Michigan ()

This case is part of a series of four cases integrated through The Empowerment Plan (TEP), a Detroit-based nonprofit that has worked to break the cycle of homelessness through education, employment and placement. Founded in 2012 by Veronika Scott, TEP recruited workers through homeless shelters and provided them with education, training, and full-time employment in making sleeping bags. The specially designed coats were distributed free of charge to the homeless population. Case D looks at the raw materials used by TEP, how the materials are sourced, challenges in supply chain management such as reliability, quality and sustainability, and minimizing overall production costs. Additionally, the case examines the benefits and challenges of using donated raw materials within a supply chain. It is best suited for a class that focuses on supply chain management.

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