Expediting the Supply Chain
Moving merchandise from a manufacturer to the consumer is critical in business and can spell the difference between success and failure. The efficiency of the process and the ability of management to reduce costs and increase speed set top performers apart from average companies. However, in the Navy the ability to deliver supplies to forward-deployed units can mean the difference between life and death.
A supply-chain system usually comprises a series of organizations and independent companies. It is the set of approaches used to efficiently integrate suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, distribution centers, retailers, and ultimately the customers so that merchandise is produced and distributed in the right quantities to the right locations at right times, to minimize the total system cost while satisfying the service-level requirements.1