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Whether it's managing your inventory on line via CCC's website, or receiving up to date reports on your shipments or container movements, Commercial Cartage keeps you informed. Providing accurate information in all links of the supply chain is just as important as the actual movement of goods. Your ability to plan and coordinate the delivery of product to your customer builds trust, loyalty and repeat business. That's why at Commercial Cartage, we're always minding your business!
We think you'll find this article of interest:
What is Supply Chain Management?
Published on: Jan, 11, 2011
by: Robert Handfield, Ph.D.
Director of SCRC, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management North Carolina State University
The concept of Supply Chain Management is based on two core ideas. The first is that practically every product that reaches an end user represents the cumulative effort of multiple organizations. These organizations are referred to collectively as the supply chain.
The second idea is that while supply chains have existed for a long time, most organizations have only paid attention to what was happening within their "four walls." Few businesses understood, much less managed, the entire chain of activities that ultimately delivered products to the final customer. The result was disjointed and often ineffective supply chains.
Supply chain management, then, is the active management of supply chain activities to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. It represents a conscious effort by the supply chain firms to develop and run supply chains in the most effective & efficient ways possible. Supply chain activities cover everything from product development, sourcing, production, and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.
The organizations that make up the supply chain are "linked" together through physical flows and information flows. Physical flows involve the transformation, movement, and storage of goods and materials. They are the most visible piece of the supply chain. But just as important are information flows. Information flows allow the various supply chain partners to coordinate their long-term plans, and to control the day-to-day flow of goods and material up and down the supply chain.