What is a Supply Chain, Really?

The first time I heard about supply chains was when I was working as a production planner at P&G Philippines in 1989.  P&G’s top management had just reorganised the multinational consumer goods corporation’s operations worldwide, integrating manufacturing, purchasing, and logistics under one group: the Product Supply Organisation or PSO, for short.  The aim of theContinue reading “What is a Supply Chain, Really?”

Supply Chains are All About Flow

Supply chains are about flow:  the movement of product from one stage to the next, from a starting point—a source—to an endpoint—a user.            We call them product streams, demand flows, pipelines.  But supply chains are hardly these as streams and pipelines imply a single fluid in motion.  What flows in a supply chain isContinue reading “Supply Chains are All About Flow”