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The Case for a Multiple Supply Chain System

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Jacob
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Re: Automation
Jacob   2/5/2013 7:25:09 AM
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Vigehi, all such automations can create more profit and can make the tasks easier to the corporate world, but may affect the job opportunities. Affecting labors in the sense, number of job opportunities can be slashed because in automation human interventions are very less.

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Differnt supply chain for the same product
Jacob   2/5/2013 7:15:51 AM
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"supply chain systems it uses in China will need to be modified when it starts producing computers in North Carolina,"

Bolaji, what's the need for modification in supply chain for the same product? Is it due to geographical differences? If it's for a different product like Apple with IPad, IPod etc, they needed different supply chains for each product.

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Re: Automation
Bolaji Ojo   2/4/2013 5:01:42 PM
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Vigehi, Change is going to come whether or not we want it and that applies to all events in life, including in the workplace. Automation has a long history -- the conveyor belt had a revolutionary effect on manufacturing and by extension the workforce. It eliminated some jobs but also created new ones.

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Bolaji Ojo   2/4/2013 4:54:22 PM
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As the phrase implies, a "supply chain" is a network of related and connected activities and processes stretching often from the design and product conception and development stage all the way through manufacturing, supplier selection, distribution, after-market services, etc. Each supply chain can pick a range of these providers and they may be used by the same company to support exclusively a set of products. Nothing here implies a physical structure.

It's all about selecting the best processes, partners and systems for a particular product. Variations may occur depending on the market, product type, demand environment, etc. Companies will support even a single product with a variation of the same structure (multiple supply chain) and modulate these to fit specific needs.

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Susan Fourtané   2/4/2013 7:24:42 AM
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vigehi, 

Yes, that's a concern that comes in the package. At the beginning there will be a time of transition, and unfortunately some people may lose their jobs. However, those workers are going to be doing a different kind of work.

The machines can't be operated by themselves, can they? At least someone needs to see they are functioning well. Different and new jobs than the ones we know will be created.

What is the case of the Kenyan tea firms?

-Susan 

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vigehi   2/4/2013 6:57:19 AM
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the concern for environment is rising,companies must take more account of the external costs of logistics associated mainly with climatic changes,air pollution,noise,vibration and accidents.ways of reducing these externalities and sustainable balance between economic,environmental and social objectives.

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vigehi   2/4/2013 6:48:14 AM
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automation is a good move  it will make work much easier and quicker.but what about the increased rate  of layoffs of the people who initially worked before the machines came.a case of kenyan tea firms which has created alot of unemployment.

Magozwe

Bondo university,kenya

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elctrnx_lyf   2/4/2013 5:13:36 AM
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Does multiple supply chain really mean a method of mainitaning alternative suppliers for same products in different places or we are talking about entirely a different supply chain for different products. Always based on the market we need to serve, volume we need to build will decide the effective supply chain for a product even in case of any electronic product. But some time a signle supply chain may be good enough to serve entire global market.

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Bolaji Ojo   2/3/2013 2:57:22 PM
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Prabhakar, You nailed it. In fact, Douglas Kent at Avnet Velocity told me in an interview that companies with a single supply chain system are very rare today.

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/3/2013 7:49:12 AM
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Multiple supply chain system is also a necessity when a company is playing more than one role in the supply chain context.

A manufacturer is a "buyer" in the supply chain context  for buying components and other raw material like PCBs , solder paste , wires etc.

The same manufacturer becomes a "seller" in another supply chain where he is selling his finished products , working with a totally different set of supply chain partners.

In a typical product company the Purchase dept, the sales dept and the service dept will be working on their own and totally different  supply chain system

 

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