Page 1: Introduction
Today many of the products that we consume have been brought to us through globally integrated distribution systems. Striking examples are the fruit and vegetables that we purchase in our local supermarket that arrive fresh from far flung corners of the globe, and the motor vehicles that we drive around in which contain components from many different countries. We tend to take the delivery of these products for granted without realising the real complexity of the planning that is involved in making sure, that for example, all of the components for a modern VW Beetle arrive at their final assembly point at just the right time. This case study, therefore, introduces you to some of the processes that go on behind the scenes by examining supply chain management.
Supply chain management
Supply chain management requires specialist skills and is all about efficiently bringing together all of the links and stages involved in creating a high quality supply chain. In this case we show how Exel manages the supply chains for many of the world’s leading businesses. Exel is a global leader in supply chain management, providing customer focused solutions to a wide range of manufacturing and retailing industries. Exel’s comprehensive range of innovative logistics solutions encompasses the complete supply chain from design and consulting through freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution services to integrated information management and e-commerce. Exel now has contract logistics operations in 31 countries accounting for 84% of world GDP. Combined with Freight Management activities that cover over 120 countries around the world, Exel has unrivalled global coverage.