Tag: Understanding Supply Chain Management Basics

Cycle View of a Supply Chain


The processes in a Supply Chain are usually divided into a series of cycles, each performed in the interface between two interrelated successive stages of a Supply Chain. Sub-processes in each Supply Chain Process Cycle I.e., each cycle comprises six sub-processes, supplier stage markets a product, buyer stage places order, supplier stage receives order, supplier stage supplies order, buyer stage receives supply, buyer returns reverse flows to a supplier or the third party.

Understanding the “Reverse Logistics” concept and implications in Supply Chain Management


Returns avoidance, gate keeping, disposal and other supply chain issues are related with reverse logistics. The product may need to travel in reverse through the entire supply chain network to retain use of any service from the defective goods. There are closed loop supply chain networks that include returns processing and manufacturer has the intention to capture additional value and integrate all supply chain activities. Usually, asset based three 3PLs work as third party who are specialized in waste management and related activities. Reuse of manufactured and sold goods After sales service and returns management are sometimes related to the logistic companies. 

How supply chain planning works: A general discussion


The uncertain nature of the customer demand need to take into consideration by generating the production plan and in particular the production quantities, to meet uncertain customer demand in the best way possible and maximize the profit, by minimizing production costs. Aggregate planning is a process by which a company decides about their ideal levels of capacity, production, inventory, stock-out situations, pricing, subcontracting, etc. Production planning, is the correct placement of production orders concerning place, or region, of production, and time scheduling and sequencing of production orders. The parameters are usually production rate, workforce, overtime, machine capacity level, subcontracting, backlog, and inventory on hand. The amount of overtime production planned is a parameter for aggregate production planning. Production planning for fashion apparel products has to cope with demand uncertainties. Collaborative forecasts created by various enterprises are an important input in aggregate supply chain planning. However, at the time of generating the production plan, the predicted customer demands are largely uncertain.

Revenue in a supply chain: Financial Risk from the third party


Carrying out thorough third party audit not only provides the necessary regulations, but it also helps mitigate against reputational financial risk and data related damage. It is required to be careful about various governmental embargo situation: Third party suppliers, logistic service providers should prevent themselves from buying from or selling to anyone on the relevant restricted company lists maintained by various governments, such as Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. On the other hand, this is a strategy which results in higher supply chain profit than a price of the whole duration of sales season. To increase the profit margin Supply Chain Managers must use all the levers available, including price. Third type of approach he can adopt is at high demand season, he can take lower price, and low demand season, he can take a higher price.

A Lean Logistic Control System : Kanban


To run a production system as a whole and to promote improvement  kanban is used as tool. The Kanban system was implemented in 1953 in Toyota Company manufacturing process. Those signals are tracked by replenishment cycle, so that suppliers and buyers notice it. They observed  that they can view a process as being a customer and proceeding process as a store. Signboards were used to give expression of shipping at the store. Kanban is part of a system where “Pull” comes from the demand. According to Taiichi Ohno ,    must follow strict rules to be effective, also need close monitoring of products ,so that products with defect should not be sent to subsequent process, produce exact quantity; the process should be tuned finely  and rationally.

A Company’s overall success: Achieving strategic fit


Abstract:   If any mismatch exists need to restructure, so that supply chain may support the competitive strategy or change the competitive strategy accordingly. Some important obstacles of achieving strategic fit are gradually increased variety of products, decreased product life…