Supply Chain Management as a term covers many disciplines ranging from strategic and organisational issues to optimisation and systems integration. At Centre for Logistics we focus on the operational issues and the development of methods and IT-systems to meet the challenges in today’s global supply chains. The following describes the issues addressed by Centre for Logistics within the area of Supply Chain Management.
Supply Chain Planning and Scheduling
Supply Chain Planning and Scheduling span many companies in a supply chain. Due to its complexity, it is a task rarely undertaken, as it requires integration between companies or business units and a unification of planning principals. At Centre for Logistics we work with developing both the methods and the IT-systems to enable successful Supply Chain Planning and Scheduling.
Supply Chain Integration
The true trouble with Supply Chain Integration is the various IT-systems used in the chain. Thus developing independent platforms for communication and designing the interface between different tiers of a supply chain has to be in the forefront of the effort. The more complex the interaction between companies is, the more they typically benefit from integrating both business processes and systems.
Vendor Managed Inventories (VMI)
Vendor Managed Inventories is a developing approach to managing and reducing the complexity of the supply chain. At Centre for Logistics we work with development of the methods as well as the systems to handle Vendor Managed Inventories.
Supply Chain Management in Companies
To be successful with supply chain management a company needs to be successful internally as well. The true issues with Supply Chain Management typically appear when the various IT-systems are integrated and go into joint operation. Without a good internal approach, companies often find that improving on the supply chain is even more challenging. Therefore, we always work with companies to improve their internal business processes to match those of their supply chain better.