Supply Chain Management

A supply chain involves all the activities associated with how manufacturing, materials, facilities, personnel, transportation, inventory, and other items flow and a supply chain involves all the activities associated with how manufacturing, materials, facilities, personnel, transportation, inventory, and other items flow and then are transformed into goods and services. Every asset, information, and process is part of the supply chain. For this Discussion, you will be addressing how the supply chain works and possible issues you may encounter.

Within this complex system, operation management responsibilities can be both strategic and tactical.

Examine the place where you currently work, or a prior career, and identify a single service or product produced by your organization.

  1. Identify the different components of the supply chain for that product or service (list them from beginning to end). Be sure to identify which parts of the supply chain are considered “upstream” and “downstream” exchanges.
  2. Based on what you learned from your research, describe a single current issue that might negatively impact a company’s global supply chain.

 

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The management of operations of a company determines the success or failure of that particular company. Supply chain management is more concerned with oversight of material, information, and finances as they move from supplier to the manufacturer to wholesaler, to the retailer to the consumer than it is concerned with management. It is the duty and responsibility of a supply chain manager to ensure there is effectiveness and efficiency when it comes to distribution of goods and services from the supplier to the final consumer of that particular product or service.

Question 1

Earlier in my career, I worked as a manager in a fast food organization that was mainly dealing with the burger. Each product and service has its supply chain components depending on the type of the product and services the organization deals with (Christopher, 2016). At the restaurant we used to have a supply chain based on three – legged stool concept of suppliers _ company _ franchises. The supplier of the company had to deliver the different raw materials that are used in making the burger that includes meat, vegetables, and baking floors. The company or the restaurants transform them into finished products which are ready to de delivered to consumers by franchises. The upstream activities include the delivery of raw materials by suppliers while downstream activities include delivery of final product to consumers by franchises.

 Question 2

Social and environmental responsibilities are a current issue that might negatively affect a company’s global supply chain. Requesting the sterilization of chemicals emitted from the manufacturing process or abiding by the labor laws of a country may negatively affect the supply of a product (Christopher, 2016). Moreover, supplier social and environmental responsibility is becoming risky as more and more safety laws are passed as laws.

References

Christopher, M. (2016). Logistics & supply chain management. Pearson Higher Ed.

 

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