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Supply Chain Management and Networks

This CIPS paper aims to provide an awareness and level of understanding to the reader on the subject of supply chain management and networks.

Information about Supply Chain Management and Networks

CIPS acknowledges that supply change management (SCM) has undergone many changes in recent years; in particular in the 1980s there was a recognition that holding inventory was an inefficient use of resources and that SCM was one method of working closely with suppliers and internal customers to ensure goods and services were delivered as required, of the appropriate quality and at the agreed cost. The concept of the customer initiating the demand, eg. the rate of demand, is known as “pull” or “kanban” systems. Kanban systems, along with Just-in-Time policies, were developed during the 1980s/1990s so that demand chains from end customers were increasingly streamlined for greater efficiency.

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