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Supply Chain Management For Dummies by Daniel Stanton

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Chapter 4

Optimizing Your Supply Chain

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Mapping your supply network

check Driving process improvements

check 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.

Designing Your Network

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 ...

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