As the Purchasing and Inventory Manager at Brisbane Outdoor’s Strathpine branch, you have been asked by the new CEO to prepare a report that addresses the following questions: 1. What are the current purchasing and inventory management processes being used by the company? 2. What are the comparative advantages and disadvantages of the currently used processes? 3. What supply-chain and inventory management concepts would help the company increase efficiency and reduce investment whilst maintaining adequate stock levels? 4. What recommendations would you make to Ms Green with respect to restructuring the purchasing and inventory functions of the company? (Please include a brief action plan showing how the recommendations, if approved, will be implemented.) The report should be a confidential report for the CEO, presented as a suitably professional document. It is expected that your discussion will refer to appropriate models and theories covered in this course, but your research should extend the theoretical discussion beyond the course material. The assessment criteria should give you a clear indication of what you need to include in this assignment. The report should include an effective introduction and conclusion; an executive summary of no more than one page to preface the report; and a table of contents to give guidance to the reader. This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of Operations Management concepts and utilisation of academic literature. If you are not familiar with the industry in question, some field and/or desk research would be advisable. Whilst you should AVOID using only textbooks, the prescribed textbook for the course must be cited in regard to broad operations management principles highlighted by the case. You are expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, at LEAST eight (8) relevant peer-reviewed, academic journal articles (minimum requirement). Refer to your recommended readings for examples of academic journals. While you can cite these articles, you must find at least eight (8) peer reviewed journal articles not listed in the course materials. The quality and number of citations will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the literature used to formulate your argument. Your marker is interested in the analysis that you have developed from YOUR review of the literature and how well you use the literature to respond to the topic. AVOID presenting a descriptive account ONLY of your readings. What is required in this assessment is a critical evaluation of the evidence in the case and the academic literature as it relates to the specific details of the case study. Your marker is interested in the conclusions that YOU arrive at from YOUR evaluation of the literature and of the case study.