Within any business you will find a supply chain and even a small business can find that their supply chain crosses the globe.
In its simplest form, a supply chain is the way a product or service reaches the end consumer - from production, distributuion, transportation through to sale. Some products/services will have a small supply chain as less components and activities are required to reach the customer; while others will require a grand chain of processes.
All supply chains encompass various information – all of which are very important in the business’ activities.
Understanding your supply chain
Understanding your own supply chain, including how each activity contributes to the business’ goal can help to redefine the chain, identifying areas for improvement and even areas which may be eliminated.
One of the most important things to note here is that a supply chain has an end goal. Whether that be to deliver products in a timely manager or whether it be to reduce costs, all supply chains will work towards a target. This means that supply chains can be reworked to improve activities that may contribute more towards the end goal.
Mapping your supply chain down through every tier is the only way to not only assess each level to establish goals, but also to identify risks to supply.
Improving supply chains
When thinking of supply chain improvements, consideration must to taken to not only identify what is to be achieved from the improvements but also research each activity of the current supply chain. Only then is it possible to find areas that can be improved for the good of the new objectives.
Companies such as Total Logistics are able to work with you to research your current supply chain and identify how to best achieve your new goals. With expert knowledge and experience in all things ‘supply chain’, Total Logistics can help take a hands on approach to make supply chain improvements.
Supply chain and logistics advice
If you are looking for advice on supply chain improvements or would like research based help to redefine your supply chain process, please speak to a member of the Total Logistics – the complete supply chain consultancy team by calling 0118 977 3027. Alternatively, if you would like to find out further information on ways to improve your supply chain, please visit the Total Logistics website for further insight.