Managing a supply chain is no longer as simple as it used to be.
If you are looking to gain new skills and knowledge in managing supply chain, consider joining Supply Chain Management Training Course offered by pdtraining in Hamilton, Christchurch, Wellington and other cities in New Zealand.
Supply chain used to be as simple as transporting goods and services from one place to another. Today, it is complex with customer demands, multiple suppliers, intermediaries, diverse laws, and deadlines. To manage supply chain has become a challenge, requiring the use of specific skills. The development of knowledge and skills, therefore, has become essential to successfully manage supply chain.
1. Track Everything to Gather Data
Tracking important activities of the supply chain helps you to gather data that you can use to analyse and develop plans to improve and control your supply chain. Tracking also helps to identify potential problem areas that may become an issue in the future. With the use of advanced analytics, companies can easily use data to gain a quick overview of how well their supply chain is working. This insight can prove valuable when making changes in the supply chain.
Tracking also improves transparency and makes people accountable. Recording of activities helps to know where errors occurred and why. That makes it easy to rectify problems, be it due to human resources and/or circumstances.
2. Contact within Supply Chain Management Teams
The team members of supply chain management teams need to be well connected so that time is saved in communicating. A good interaction among teams is necessary to avoid miscommunication, misunderstandings and complexities.
The arrangement of the working space of supply chain management teams must be so that it helps communication, especially among team members who need to exchange information on a regular basis. If teams are working distantly, it is vital to create an effective method of communication where there is transparency, quick communication, and a good addressal system.
3. The Importance of Planning
Planning is one of the most important aspects of supply chain management. Effective planning helps to carry out tasks smoothly even when errors occur. Planning includes the creation of backup plans in case of the occurrence of unexpected events. As supply chain has various variable factors that may affect its smooth functioning, planning helps to build bridges quickly where ruptures occur.
4. Management of Human Resources
Certain areas of supply chain require intensive use of human resources. Planning, selecting suppliers, testing, packaging, the delivery of products/services, etc., all require the use of human resources. To create an effective supply chain, human resources need to be used keeping in mind their areas of expertise, inclination, work capacity, and adaptability. Using the right person for the right job helps to carry out tasks more easily and professionally.
5. Elimination of Variability
As various people, places and tasks are involved in a supply chain, variability is expected. Multiple causes, often with one disrupting the other, can cause delays or loss. To eliminate variability, the use of planning, tracking and controlling helps. Identifying areas of high variability and developing measures to reduce variability reduces costs and improves the system.
Pdtraining delivers 1000’s of professional development courses each year in Wellington, Auckland, Napier, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin and Tauranga, so you can be assured your training will be delivered by a qualified and experienced trainer.
All public Supply Chain Management Training courses include am/pm tea, lunch, printed courseware and a certificate of completion. Customised courses are available upon request so please contact pdtraining on 1300 121 400 to learn more.