Showing posts from March, 2012

What should be the chief responsibility of a Supply Chain Manager?

It has been of great interest to keep visualizing & drawing the changing landscape of supply chains. The movement from static to dynamic to chaotic has led to process changes in Supply Chains. Aspiration to reach more customers have change the networks of many from being single country to internationalized coupled with complexity of increased players in the supply chain. Evolution of Efficient Customer Response (ECR) needs have reduced the buffers in the form of time &inventory with practices like Lean. With technology enabling the performance of modern day supply chains, its of great interest to wish for nothing less than optimal performance. While the structural, infrastructure, process & practices of any supply chain try to meet the contemporary requirements of that stage of market, wonder if the current state of the supply chains have the competencies & skills of the Supply Chain Managers match the demand of the role? In Supply Chains we know all that is important

Video on Supply Chain Risk

Good video on Supply Chain in numbers & Risk management.

Indigenous Supply Chain Practices

It has been all too much a need for Indian organisations to improve their practices,where the rate of change is unheard of for many organisations. A large conglomerate with a rich tradition of being around of three generations will find the need to be much more acute. And then comes a management mandate to undertake an large scale improvement project. So does the top management do! A large scale project with consultants, who are trained & have delivered projects (and to spice it up GLOBALLY) using world class improvement philosophies like BPR, Lean, Six Sigma or Theory of Constraints, gets rolled out & delivered to perfection with all the principles of the philosophy in the right spirit of the philosophy. Let me work you through one such example in India. The supply chain improvement solution needed the suppliers of the buying organisation to manage the inventory based on the pre-determined 'buffer' level to be maintained. The suppliers were given the target levels &am

Supply Chain Risk Management at Toyota

I love this domain on SC Risk Management...the future of successful supply chains is likely to stay with organisations who manage the risks better than many... Global Supply Chain News: Toyota Taking Massive Effort to Reduce Its Supply Chain Risk in Japan

Channel Partners in Educational Supply Chain

Educational Supply Chain in India particularly for the Management education, has seen emergence of Channel Partners. They have received a growing importance in the industry value chain. Thought of writing on the same. The input stage of the supply chain is the selection of students for the program. This happens through an elaborate admissions mechanism which the management institutes design based on their own selection criteria. The potential students who aspire for the educational institute would have to appear for the appropriate entrance test (& you have multiple of those today). The students would end up with a preparatory course for the test delivered by coaching institutes. The students are advised by the 'mentors' of the institutes for the 'quality' of the educational institute. Based on the advise the students would decide to apply. You already have a channel partner with a large influence on the potential customer existing in the supply chain. The custome