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An Introduction to Supply Chain Management- Part 5

 


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A successful supply chain should not be static but always adapting to changes in the business. It is important to remember that a supply chain should really provide choice and opportunity and should never been seen as or considered as a restraint. It is essential to remember that any changes, whether due to an increase in productivity, an improved process or the addition of new suppliers, will require changes to the supply chain itself.

It is also important to consider that in addition to this, the industry continues to shorten deadlines and tighten the accessibility of excess inventory. This creates the need for supply chains which are far leaner than any that existed in the past. These supply chains will have very different features from the original supply chain which was designed. I will now details factors which really do need to be considered in relation to supply chains.

  1. Any technology or process improvement must be adaptable for future needs. These future requirements can be predicted by seeing the needs of other companies that are considered to be industry leaders and world-class manufacturers, both within and outside of your industry.

  2. Adding and or altering parts and supply points are as much a part of the supply chain process as the movement of stock. In many systems this maintenance mechanism is not designed to the same degree as the part movement area of the system. This causes delay in the response of the system to new demands and means

    that stock levels are often higher than initially required.

  3. Your employees must have the time to work on this, essentially they need to be able to automate the norm, allowing more time to add value. If employees are constantly expediting or chasing parts then they do not have the time or resources to support and improve the supply chain as well.

It is essential to consider that a manufacturer is only as efficient as its supply chain allows it to be. A supply chain is only as efficient as its weakest link. It is important, therefore, that there are people in the process that have not only the expertise but also the time to continually monitor and improve the supply chain.

Waer Systems are inventory management specialists and have over a decades experience in providing businesses with Supply Chain Management software and assisting them in developing the most effective Supply Chain Management Solution .

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