What is supply chain management (SCM)?

Published: 23.05.22Management
What is supply chain management

Supply chain management (SCM) refers to the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the flow of goods and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. It involves the coordination of various activities such as procurement, production, transportation, and distribution to ensure that products or services are delivered to the customer in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

SCM has become increasingly important in today’s global marketplace, where companies must manage complex supply chains that span multiple regions and countries. Effective SCM can help companies to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance customer satisfaction.

The key components of SCM include:

  1. Planning: This involves forecasting demand, developing production plans, and coordinating with suppliers to ensure that the right materials are available when needed.
  2. Sourcing: This involves selecting the best suppliers based on quality, price, and delivery time, and negotiating contracts.
  3. Production: This involves managing the production process to ensure that products are made in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  4. Transportation: This involves managing the movement of products from the production facility to the customer, using the most efficient and cost-effective methods.
  5. Distribution: This involves managing the inventory levels and ensuring that products are delivered to the customer in a timely and efficient manner.

SCM software and systems can help companies to streamline these processes and improve their overall supply chain performance.

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Author Avatar Rafał Namieciński

Chief Executive Officer. Sets the direction of Firmao's development. Under his leadership, Firmao CRM has become one of the leading CRM systems in Poland. On the blog, he shares thoughts on the latest CRM industry trends, offers tips on implementing and using CRM systems.

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