Rigidity is the enemy of any supply line. We must maintain fluidity in the motion of logistics. This training will provide valuable information on both hard and soft processes that can be adopted that will result in an improved supply stream that is both strong and flexible.
We will consider processes that harden the exterior surface against outside forces. We will also look at the application of completely different processes that cause the interior composition to be more flexible, pliable, and at the same time resilient.
A New Perspective:
The Hard Exterior: C-TPAT, ISA, Trusted Trader
The C-TPAT program was specifically designed to harden the exterior of your supply stream against physical threats, as well as addressing trade compliance and enforcement. It is a top to bottom approach to security that provides measurable, repeatable action driven initiatives that combine elements of compliance that, hopefully, also yield trade advantages for its participants.
US law makers have challenged US Customs & Border Protection to expand the 12,000 membership of C-TPAT to some 40,000 certified participants as quickly as possible. The C-TPAT/ISA/Trusted Trader initiatives are well on the way to yielding precisely what the developers are hoping for. However, I believe this is only half of what is needed by the global supply stream. The other half of the answer lies in:
The Pliable Interior: SRM/SSRM
Supplier Relationship Management/Strategic Supplier Relationship Management are precisely some of the elements that are required to bring together the flexible elements of your supply stream. SRM/SSRM matches the decision makers for the customer as well as the supplier (at every level). Customers with their counter parts in the supplier roles to insure that:
Who will Benefit:
Those who would benefit from this knowledge are all professionals who work in the supply stream organization, which includes:
IThe concept of supply chain changed forever on September 11, 2001. The entire encyclopedia of knowledge regarding the priorities of supply chain had to be rewritten. Things would never be the same again. Security took on a new urgency never before imagined. As a result of those events, the entire industrialized world has been pressed to adopt what is now the maelstrom of this new global supply chain. Almost immediately the conversation turned toward finding ways to hardened our supply chain so that it is less vulnerable to negative forces. To the threats of terrorism have now been added open seas piracy, and the ever present threats of natural disasters, port delays, transportation capacity, resource limitations, and the list goes on. And to undermine any trust that may remain, there is the ever moving target of “E” terrorism. This newest threat of losing an entire trove of intellectual property is as real now as a ticking bomb.
We hear new terminologies to describe negative phenomenon in the supply chain. Terminologies like value leakage and supply chain fractures. These may be pointing to a condition that is less favorable than many realize. These kinds of descriptive assessments may indicate that the current vision of the supply chain has become too inflexible. In an effort to make our supply lines less vulnerable and more robust, we may be tempering too much rigidity into their construction.
It may be time to challenge our perspective of the flow element of logistics. A hardened supply chain is inherently more susceptible to exterior traumatic forces than a more pliable supply stream. It may be time to propose that the “supply chain” be looked upon now as the “supply stream”. In the constant flux of modern global trade, the traditional straight line to connect two points may result in abject failure.
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