It is time to rally our companies to benchmark with others in the field of Supply Chain Management – regardless of size or sector, every company has a role to play on the SCM Team. According to the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council there are 744,000 workers included in manufacturing, wholesale, and retail businesses representing 29% of total Canadian GDP!
I invite you to consider the multiple ways in which the Supply Chain touches your business and then to take a moment to ponder if given the opportunity, where and how you might effectively and efficiently take steps to improve what you have in place - ultimately aiding your company to be that much more efficient, that much more responsive, that much more competitive…
In that spirit of getting everyone excited about the possibilities when it comes to SCM, we are very pleased to be "cheering" Burnbrae Farms from Lyn in Eastern Ontario and McCormick Canada of London, as they join us in an informative and interesting best practice discussion relating to their company initiatives on the Supply Chain side on September 14th, 2011 in Woodstock, Ontario. In addition, joining us to supplement the presentations with some excellent support and resources is the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. The CSCSC is an organization that represents everyone who works in the supply chain. Their products and resources were created in direct response to the sector's identified needs and as such represent a wealth of information and support.
If you have any doubts with respect to who falls into this aspect of your business or you are wondering what components cross that line, perhaps my "call" below will provide a tiny glimpse of the multiple areas in an organization where SCM has an impact! With a little assistance from the CSCMP Glossary of Terms on SCM (there are 212+ altogether), I invite you to gather your Team Members and cheer loudly, boldly and enthusiastically as you look for opportunities to propel your business forward:
GIVE ME AN "S" and stimulate engagement for improvement in:
safety stocks, sales and operations planning, sales forecasts, scorecards, scrap efficiencies, seiri - sorting opportunities, set-up costs, seven waste reductions, shipping, social networking, stakeholder relationships, software utilization, strategic alliances, supermarket management, supplier on-time deliveries, supply chain vulnerability exploration…
GIVE ME A "C" to encourage continuous development to improve in areas of:
current good manufacturing practices, cumulative lead times, C-TPAT initiatives, cross functional team development, critical differentiators, courier services, costs per unit moved analysis, cost of goods sold, corrective action reporting and reviews, core competencies, co-ordinated transportation, co-opetition, controllable returns, contract manufacturing, continuous process improvement, constraints, consortium involvement, consignment inventories, confirmations, CMMS, compliance checking, competitive benchmarking opportunities, culture development, collaboration, channels of distribution, changeover improvements, cellular manufacturing, category management, carbon footprint, capacity planning…
GIVE ME AN "M" as you explore manufacturing growth and strategic planning to become better at:
machine downtime reduction, maintenance, repair and operations supplies, make to order, manufacturing lead times, market demand, material acquisition costs, MSDS', measurement plans, multinationals, multi-skilled labour…
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?? Supply Chain Management!! And COUNTLESS opportunities for your SCM Team!!
To elaborate on what SCM actually encompasses, I am adding below an excellent definition from The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP):
Supply Chain Management (SCM) as defined by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP):
"Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. In essence, supply chain management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies. Supply Chain Management is an integrating function with primary responsibility for linking major business functions and business processes within and across companies into a cohesive and high-performing business model. It includes all of the logistics management activities noted above, as well as manufacturing operations, and it drives coordination of processes and activities with and across marketing, sales, product design, finance and information technology." http://cscmp.org/digital/glossary/document.pdf.
Without a doubt, Supply Chain Management is truly a function of our business that involves collaboration, coordination and team-work.
As mentioned above, in that very spirit of collaboration, coordination and team-work, we are very pleased to be "cheering" the "Supply Chain Management Team" of Burnbrae Farms, McCormick Canada and the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council for sharing their experiences with us! We hope you will join us in Woodstock this month and a simple RSVP to me is all that is required (firstname.lastname@example.org) to do so!
Have a wonderful week!
All the best!
Bren de Leeuw, EMC
Sr. Community Development Manager