IN THIS CHAPTER
Mapping your supply network
Driving process improvements
Managing supply chain projects
Depending on the product or service that you’re selling, you probably have many alternatives to choose from when designing your supply chain. You may have choices of how and where to buy your materials or make your products. Perhaps you can even choose different ways to deliver your products to your customers. This chapter discusses techniques to optimize your supply chain to ensure that you’re creating the most value, in the most sustainable way, for you and your customers. Then, it talks about how to implement improvements to your supply chain through cross-functional projects.
It’s often useful to think about your supply chain as a network. Networks are made up of nodes and links. As Figure 4-1 shows, every stop that a product makes between raw materials and a customer is a node of the network. A factory is a node; so is a warehouse, a distribution center, and a retail store. Nodes are connected by links. Generally speaking, links are forms of transportation, such as a ship, a railroad, a truck, or a drone. Products move ...