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Successful SupplyChain Management

Successful SupplyChain Management The supply chain is the flow of both informationand material through a manufacturing company,from the supplier to the customer. Traditionallythe flow of material has been considered only atan operational level, but this approach is no longeradequate. It is now essential for businesses tomanage the supply chain in order to improvecustomer service, achieve a balance betweencosts and services, and thereby give a companya competitive advantage. Managers must work tointegrate the supply chain i.e. to ensure thatall the functions and activities involved in the chainare working harmoniously together. To developan integrated supply chain means managingmaterial flow from three perspectives strategic,tactical and operational. At each of these levels,the use of facilities, people, finance and systemsmust be coordinated and harmonised as a whole.The article describes how this can be achievedin practice by working through three phases 1evaluation of the competitive environment 2diagnostic review of the supply chain 3development of the supply chain, which involvesfunctional integration, internal integration andfinally external integration. Companies whichdevelop an integrated supply chain, with all thatthis involves, will benefit hugely in themarketplace. Those that do not will get left behindin the struggle for survival. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Decision Emerald Publishing

Successful SupplyChain Management

Management Decision , Volume 28 (8) – Aug 1, 1990

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0025-1747
DOI
10.1108/00251749010140790
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Abstract

The supply chain is the flow of both informationand material through a manufacturing company,from the supplier to the customer. Traditionallythe flow of material has been considered only atan operational level, but this approach is no longeradequate. It is now essential for businesses tomanage the supply chain in order to improvecustomer service, achieve a balance betweencosts and services, and thereby give a companya competitive advantage. Managers must work tointegrate the supply chain i.e. to ensure thatall the functions and activities involved in the chainare working harmoniously together. To developan integrated supply chain means managingmaterial flow from three perspectives strategic,tactical and operational. At each of these levels,the use of facilities, people, finance and systemsmust be coordinated and harmonised as a whole.The article describes how this can be achievedin practice by working through three phases 1evaluation of the competitive environment 2diagnostic review of the supply chain 3development of the supply chain, which involvesfunctional integration, internal integration andfinally external integration. Companies whichdevelop an integrated supply chain, with all thatthis involves, will benefit hugely in themarketplace. Those that do not will get left behindin the struggle for survival.

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Management DecisionEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 1990

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