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Financial Intelligence for Supply Chain Managers: Understand the Link between Operations and Corporate Financial Performance by Steven M. Leon

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8. Supply Chain Network Design and Location Analysis

The design of supply chain networks is an important aspect for any organization. The design impacts costs and customer service levels. Companies have a choice of many different supply chain designs. Similar companies in the same industry often have different supply chain designs. However, companies with good designs have one element in common; they are in alignment with their customers’ needs and with the company’s business strategy. Yet, meeting customer needs and expectations is not that easy. The type of products and services offered, the location of acceptable materials and suppliers, and the transportation that connects all of these pieces together are quite a puzzle to assemble.

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