Becoming Versed in Supply Chains

The four India projects all deal with some aspect of supply chain, from the narrow (inventory layout optimization), to the broad (procurement-assembly-delivery: our project). Our team brings a lot of different background and skill sets to the project, but very little supply chain experience. As the professor says, that’s the point – we are all here to learn.

Getting back to basics, our class had a simulation for a whole supply chain, from factory to retailer. The simulation was simplified, but it demonstrated well some of the complexities in dealing with supply chains in terms of product delivery and information flow – “orders” swung wildly from a steady 4 to 0 to 50!

Setting up the four stages of the supply chain

Setting up the four stages of the supply chain

What was streamlined at the beginning became a backlog quickly (Note, no actual beer consumed during class)

What was streamlined at the beginning became a backlog quickly (Note, no actual beer consumed during class)

In one month, we will be in country. At this point, we are all becoming well versed in the language of supply chain and beginning to formulate our recommendations. Time to keep learning!

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