Why every business should care about supply chain management.

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If you care about the bottom line, you should care about supply chain management. Businesses don't compete, supply chains compete. Even small organizations can realize benefits and efficiencies by adopting tools and best practices used by supply chain professionals and big businesses. When a customer buys a product or service, they are buying into or supporting that supply chain. However, efficient or inefficient it maybe. Thus, optimizing your business from product design all the way to final consumer delivery will ensure your customers receive more value, higher quality, and lower prices. Supply chain professionals are quickly becoming recognized as key decision makers in total operations management. SCM programs typically have oversight in these areas of a organization 

  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Supplier and Alliance Partner Management
  • Logistics
  • Inventory and Warehousing
  • Operations Management
  • Product design and Engineering Project Input

Here are a few links for further information

What is Supply Chain Management and Its Importance to Cost Management

Institute for Supply Management

APICS - Profesional Association for Supply Chain and Operations Management

About Supply Chain Management (PDF) - Academic Study - Good Starting Place for General Information.  

WSJ - The Hot New M.B.A.: Supply Chain Management

Reference for Business - Supply Chain Management