Moving from a Private Warehouse to a Public Distribution Center

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Center for Occupational Research and Development
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STEM Transitions Project
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Instructional Material
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This scenario-based activity, created by the STEM Transitions project team, is free and requires a one-time registration to access all site materials.  The activity provides practical application of a lease vs. buy decision that also has a transportation cost and service component.  This multi-variable activity will give students an opportunity to see the cost/benefit implications of several distribution scenarios.  Students will work in groups to assess and analyze the scenario and prepare a formal report and presentation regarding their research and calculations.

Benefits and Uses

Students will be able to: (1) Solve mathematical problems presented in the context of real-world situations; (2) Draw conclusions from collected data to determine if a move from a private warehouse to public warehouse is cost effective; (3) Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively to explore mathematical concepts; (4) Conduct research, gather data and represent it accurately; (5) Analyze and draw conclusions from collected data; and (6) Prepare specialized documents and presentations from collected research.   The activity is aligned with Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster standards.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.