Reconfiguring the Supply Chain at Xtra Power Energy Systems

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Pradeep Dutta (Dutta), proprietor of Xtra Power Group, found himself on the horns of a dilemma. He was expecting a surge in the demand for batteries in India – both for the new line of open shielded batteries as well as for the reconditioned batteries (which had more margins), but wondered whether he would be able to meet the demand considering the supply chain issues he was facing.

Some of Xtra Power’s prominent retail partners were unhappy about the used batteries that they had collected from customers for reconditioning and how these were piling up at their facility, increasing their warehousing costs. Upon further investigation, Dutta found that the major problem lay with its longstanding transportation services provider, Cretto Logistics (Cretto), which had a low cost structure, but a lead time that was above the industry average.

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The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • The sources of strategic capabilities and how the value chain and the value network concepts can be helpful in understanding how value is created and lost in terms of activities undertaken by a firm.
  • Issues and concepts in supply chain management (Lead Times, Demand and Supply Management, etc.)
  • Issues and challenges in supply chain configuration, (and the factors affecting supplier selection etc.)
  • Issues and challenges in sales and operation planning
  • Issues and challenges in managing a reverse supply chain
  • Issues and challenges in putting in place an efficient closed-loop supply chain

The Battery Industry In India
About Xtra Power Systems
Costs And Margins
The Forward Supply Chain
Closing The Loop
The Problem And The Trade Offs
The Options


Supply chain; Supply chain configuration; Reconfiguring supply chain; Closed loop supply chain; Reverse supply chain; Value chain; Value Network; Strategic capabilities; Competitive advantage; Logistics; Lead times; Demand and Supply Management; Vendor selection;

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