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About Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Core supply chain management information sources supporting daily operational decision making.

Defining Supply Chain Management

While there are many definitions of supply chain management, the Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM) provides a more extensive but succinct explanation:

 

The identification, acquisition, access, positioning, management of resources and related capabilities the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives.

 

ISM field research reveals that the scope of supply management integrates across fourteen components:

  1. Disposition/Investment Recovery
  2. Distribution
  3. Inventory Control
  4. Logistics
  5. Manufacturing Supervision
  6. Materials Management
  7. Packaging
  8. Procurement/Purchasing
  9. Product/Service Development
  10. Quality
  11. Receiving
  12. Strategic Sourcing
  13. Transportation/Traffic/Shipping
  14. Warehousing/Stores

For more information see Supply Management Defined (January 2010)

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