Think about any product you have ever used or looked at. There is a good chance that behind the scenes of the product there was a supply chain, hopefully we well-designed and efficient one. The design of a supply chain is something we definitely tale for granted because we often have no idea how it is created, nor do we really care. As consumers, supply chains are a very important piece of or lives, we just don’t actually see them at work most of the time.
Obviously big companies like Amazon and Walmart need and efficient supply chain to be able to operate well, but in explore this topic, I am going to focus on another industry: construction. Watching all of the construction that has been going on around campus and around the city as a whole got me thinking about the supply chain that goes into construction projects. From the time the project is even thought of as an idea, planning must be started in order to get things where they need to be.
I am by no means an expert on the construction process, but an efficiently designed supply chain definitely helps this process move a lot smoother. Once a project is created, the construction company has to put together a timeline but for that timeline to be able to be met, it must be relatively realistic and there must be an established supply chain.
In the case of a construction project, the construction company is the consumer that needs products in order to continue its operations. The company needs a relationship with suppliers in order for the individual products to be produced. Then there must be logistics in place to distribute and store the products somewhere so the construction company has access to them when they are needed. In the end, this chain of events gives the construction company access to the products necessary in order for them to complete the project at hand.
While what I’ve talked about has to deal with the supply chain at work in the world, there are companies that help create these successful supply chains. UPS is one company who is very efficient and effective at what they do, and they have now transitioned into teaching and helping others in designing their own supply chains. UPS has recognized and established the importance of a good supply chain in today’s global marketplace. If you would like to read a little bit more about UPS’s supply chain planning, see this link… https://www.ups.com/us/en/services/contract-logistics/design-planning.page
Whether you realize it or not, supply chains are at work everywhere in the world. Most companies need a supply chain in order to operate, but there are also other companies that are there to help create or restructure a supply chain if that is what is necessary.