Tag: Management of Cross-Functional Drivers in a Supply Chain

Vaccine Supply Chain Management in covid-19 perspective

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It has been found that 27.97 million vaccines are being administered every day. But only 2.3% of people in low-income countries received at least a first vaccine by September 2021, according to official reports from national health agencies, which is collated by Our World in Data. Concerns exist about whether some countries producing vaccines may impose protectionist controls by export restrictions. So that it would stockpile a COVID 19 vaccine for their own population. In June, the Serum Institute of India – a major manufacturer of global vaccines – reached a licensing agreement with AstraZeneca to make 1 billion doses of vaccine for low-and-middle-income countries, of which half of the doses would go to India. This is an issue of supply chain management to manufacture and send it to the end-user.In the United States, restrictions on vaccine eligibility have been lowered. And wealthier individuals from other countries with unhurried vaccination rates were reportedly traveling to the United States to be vaccinated.

A discussion about lack of supply chain coordination and the bullwhip effect

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In SCM, a supply chain manager coordinates the logistics of all the aspects of the supply chain which consists of five parts: the plan or strategy, the source of raw materials and services, manufacturing, i.e., productivity and efficiency, delivery and logistics, the return system for defective and unwanted goods etc. The phenomenon that fluctuation in orders increases as one moves up the supply chain from retailers to wholesalers to manufacturers to suppliers is referred to the bullwhip effect. Managers can help achieve coordination in supply chain by aligning goals and incentives across different functions and stages of the supply chain. When supply chain moves from retailers to wholesalers to manufacturers to suppliers, the bullwhip effect occurs. It results in different stages optimizing local objectives instead of total supply chain profits. The bullwhip effect results in costs in the supply chain and decrease in levels of customer service.

Covid-19 : Her affects on global economy and supply chain

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Society, businesses and governments can all be remodeled in the aftermath of the coronavirus happening, and that we hope, towards a lot of sustainable society, thus, students and managers ought to plan to think about this transformation through a positive lens so as to boost supply chains to produce high worth and even a lot of outstanding services to society, since it’s currently extravagantly clear that supply chains are the veins of the whole economy. In line with UNEC for Latin America estimate, the pandemic-induced recession might leave 14–22 million of individuals in extreme economic condition in Latin America than the scenario while not the pandemic. Lloyd’s of London has calculated that the worldwide insurance trade has to absorb losses of US$204 billion, more extraordinary than the losses from the 2017 Atlantic cyclone season and 9/11, suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic is possibly costliest disaster ever in human history. Governments are possibly to take a position and regulate “key supply chains”, like pharmaceutical, personnel protecting instrumentation and agro-food chains so as to make sure national food security. As of 6 July 2020, over 11.4 million cases of COVID-19 are reported in addition for 188 countries and territories, leading to over 533,000 deaths. On a daily basis a lot of cases are reported, and new countries enter the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of areas wherever the virus has been reported suggested preventive measures embrace hand washing, covering one’s mouth once coughing, maintaining distance from others, sporting a mask at public settings, and observation and self-isolation for people that suspect they’re infected. The COVID-19 pandemic, referred to as the coronavirus pandemic, is in progress as the global pandemic of coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID 19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus as a pair of (SARS CoV 2).
Keywords: covid-19, global supply chain, supply chain sustainability, economy.

Driver shortage can create logistical and supply chain issues: Land transportation in North America.

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Brown notes that trucking companies can’t realistically expect to get “lifer” employees anymore – the guys and gals who stick with a company for their entire career. Logistic activities undertaken in-house by the users of the services and the operations of external service providers. How and why the driver shortage issue developed and possible solutions one of the reason of the shortage, according to ATA is explosion of shopping due to retail giant Amazon and Walmart. Although ATA wanted some attention from government arguing systematically about driver shortage issue. Some trucking companies are working harder to make the profession suitable to women by addressing some of the issues like safety, comfort and the ability to juggle driving career with family life. The BLS says that if wage adjustment and other regular formalities allow fix driver shortage, why there should be an issue of driver shortage since 1980. All firms and relationships that get a product to market, including the original acquisition of raw materials; production of the item at a manufacturing facility; distribution to a retailer; sale of the finished item to the customer, and any installation, repair, or service activities that follow the sale.
Keywords: Driver shortage, supply chain,North America, USA, Canada etc.

Cold chain: A cutting-edge supply chain management and logistics perspective

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Existing amenities not enough to store, deliver large volume of vaccines within a short time, say experts The governments are considering banking on the existing cold chain for storing, transporting and distributing coronavirus vaccines while some professionals say the main challenge will be to manage such a large volume with the existing capacity. On November 5,2020 the Bangladesh government signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Serum Institute of India and Bangladesh’s Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd to get three crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Serum, keeping in mind the existing cold chain. In 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines being developed may need ultra-cold storage and transportation temperatures as cold as −70 °C (−94 °F), requiring what has been referred to as a “colder chain” infrastructure. Disruption of a cold chain due to war may produce consequences similar to the smallpox outbreaks in the Philippines during the Spanish–American War, during which the distributed vaccines were inert due to lack of temperature control in transport. There are no uniform global practices to follow, customs, legal, and compliance issues, effects on the environment, supplier-related risks, issues with cold chain delivery — packaging, hardware issues, vehicle breakdown, etc. Besides the usual elements of risk that plague normal supply chains, cold chain logistics has its own exclusive set of problems such as product sensitivity, the increasing cost of freight, and growing regulatory hurdles.
Keywords: Cold Chain, Supply chain management, Vaccines, food.

H & M Supply Chain management: A case study

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Hennes & Mauritz AB  is a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers, and children. As of November 2019, H&M operates in 74 countries with over 5,000 stores under the various company brands, with 126,000 full-time equivalent positions. It is the second-largest global clothing retailer, behind Spain-based Inditex (parent company of Zara). Founded by Erling Persson and run by his son Stefan Persson and Helena Helmersson, the company makes its online shopping available in 33 countries.