Respond To Classmates Discussion Post: Supply Chain

Jerome- As mentioned in “Designing and managing the supply chain: Concepts, strategies and case studies” today’s global market has embodied “fierce competition” (Simchi-Levi, Kaminsky, & Simchi-Levi, 2008, p. 1).  As a result, logistics is different because supply chain managers can no longer relay on the typical supply chain where raw materials follow standard trajectory from production to the end user.  Nowadays, customers are much to accustomed to expeditious service and high-quality products.  Companies must utilize advance systems and “outside the box” strategies to remain competitive and economically efficient.   In order to stay ahead, a lot of organizations are using “outside the box” strategies, such as outsourcing certain functions of their operations to subject matter experts, as a means to stay effective and efficient; outsourcing allows for the organization to free up their personnel and resources, while putting that functional area in the hands of personnel the specialize in that area.

Successful logistics is nothing less than the mixture of advanced supply operations and expeditious supply chain processes.  From my personal experiences in the military, our logistics are often grounded on determining what supplies are critical to the mission and how to best coordinate its inflow to the personnel that need it.  If we can determine what supplies are necessary but can’t establish a timely method of movement, it basically pointless.

References

Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P., & Simchi-Levi, E. (2008). Designing and managing the supply chain: Concepts, strategies and case studies (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/ Irwin.

Andy response

Why is logistics different when we use advanced supply chain thinking? How do we think more outside the box for logistics and how does logistics integrate with advanced supply operations and supply chain processes?

Logistics is the backbone of the supply chain that can make or break how a company accomplishes their goals and directly affects their profitability. Logistics comprises of many different areas to include distribution, transportation, warehousing activities, and many other aspects. These, in turn, are all links in the supply chain that increases efficiencies. Applying advanced supply chain thinking allows us to look outside of the logistics realms to incorporate all facets of the supply chain to develop a more fluid and fulfilling model. Effectiveness and efficiencies are the driving force behind the key planning that is done within logistics organizations. Applying this type of thinking improves the results, saves all parties money, and allows products to be moved faster. Advance supply chain operations call for better logistics. Many companies have exhausted their ability to save money on the manufacturing side of their supply chain leading to their focus on logistics. Applying this thinking and integrating logistics better into the supply chain is leading towards a leaner and more fluid supply chain.

Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P., & Simchi-Levi, E. (2008). Designing and managing the supply chain: Concepts, strategies and case studies (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/ Irwin.