What Does Your Global Supply Chain Look Like From 30,000 Feet? Map It
Nick Schneider – CSCP – CH Robinson, examines how bringing together the different sides of the supply chain can identify extra steps in the process, and potentially eliminate some of them.
- Mapping a company’s supply chain requires information about each of the moving parts:
- How are suppliers segmented (e.g., international goods vs. domestic, raw goods vs. finished goods)?
- Where are goods manufactured and how are they distributed?
- Who is in control of the freight at each point?
- Which modes are utilized?
- Where are the packing houses, distribution centers (DCs), warehouses, and other facilities located?
- In the DC, does any repackaging occur?
- What does the customer segmentation look like? (e.g., direct to customer vs. distribution network)
- Do manufactured goods need to be processed by a value-add supplier before end customer delivery?