Common to all manufacturing companies is the need to control the flow of material from suppliers, through the value adding processes and distribution channels, to customers. The supply chain is the connected series of activities which is concerned with planning, co‐ordinating and controlling material, parts and finished goods from supplier to customer. Traditionally, the flow of material has been considered only at an operational level. No longer, however, can the potential of integrating the supply chain be ignored. Companies that manage the supply chain as a single entity and ensure the appropriate use of tools and techniques in order to meet the needs of the market, will not get left behind in the fight for survival.
Stevens, G. (1989), "Integrating the Supply Chain", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, Vol. 19 No. 8, pp. 3-8. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000000329Download as .RIS
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