A collection of resources and commentary providing an introduction to supply chain management and related systems for students, practitioners, and anyone else interested in learning more about how to design, manufacture, transport, store, deliver, and manage products.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Serving people in a
As we discussed in class, a contemporary view of Supply Chain is from a
Network Perspective. This Network is an integrated architecture which allows
But, what is the common “component” across this network?
In my opinion, we are.
We don’t want to be customers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers or
suppliers, we want to be people. We learn, build communities and openly share
what we like and need.
In recent years, we all are starting to care more about real things and environmental
challenges, such as:
This leads to a new way of doing business, considering our real needs
and primary focus on sustainability. With brands that mean something. With
strategies that don’t force, but flow with our learning’s. With supply chains
that promote our interests. At the end, the companies who understand us (the
audience) and our needs will be benefited.
For this reason, companies need to start collaborating in order to
innovate and develop sustainable networks. Increasingly, the supply chain must
consider factors such as traffic congestion in urban areas, energy consumption,
CO2 emissions and the permanent rise in transportation costs. All of these are
people related concerns.
The big question is: What impact will these new parameters have on the design
of future supply chains?