Supply chain Linkages

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NAIROBI CAMPUS Student Number: DLSCM/NRB/3384/13 Course: Supply Chain Management 10/31/2013 Table of Contents Introduction Supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer (Anna, 2006). It is also defined as a set of linkages providing goods and services to end users and to intermediate customers (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, 2009). It is a complex dynamic supply and demand network which is also regarded as part of the overall value chain, which has both demand and supply components that need to be balanced dynamically at levels of uncertainty and risk, and which focuses on optimizing net value…show more content…
Suppliers help in material testing to ensure they are safe and free of faults and consistently meet any mandatory standards that apply (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 2013). Suppliers who supply products covered by mandatory standards or bans must ensure that every item complies. Supplier must be able to support supply compliance with evidence through an effective compliance program that helps to gather evidences. Suppliers are instrumental in monitoring customer complaints. Having a complaints handling system in place helps suppliers pick up on any adverse incidents and trends relating to supplies. Suppliers work with other suppliers and/or trade customers on product handling and marketing. Manufacturers Manufacturers also form part of supply chain upstream linkages. Manufacturers of the end product ideally achieve their goals by lean production to ensure costly amounts of stock do not build up through the use of methods which enable a rapid response to meet changing consumer demands. Much of the production process may be automated with repetitive tasks performed by machines. Quality control is an important part of the

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