What are the processes within Supply Chain Management?

The processes within a supply chain are varied and are highly dependent on what the supply chain is doing for you. For instance if you are moving perishable goods then your supply chain is based on, and relies heavily on, the time it takes to move these goods form point A to point B. if you are shipping electronic items then time is also a factor however somewhere along the supply chain these goods need to be stored relatively close to the end user. One item that is common to management of a supply chain is time. In other words getting your product from point A to point B in the most efficient and timely manner that is also cost effective. since the processes of the supply chain are varied and highly dependent on the type of goods that are being moved the in dept processes can only be examined once the supply chain has been mapped. There are however some basic processes that are common to management of the supply chain namely (but not limited to ) Transport, Customs, Storage, Stock replenishment. bear in mind that these process are hg level and act as an umbrella to various levels underneath these processes.

When attempting to list what processes are within a supply chain and the management therefor it is best to start with the definition of a supply chain.

According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), supply chain management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing, procurement, conversion, and logistics management. It also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which may be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, or customers. Supply chain management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies. More recently, the loosely coupled, self-organizing network of businesses that cooperate to provide product and service offerings has been called the Extended Enterprise.

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