Supply Chain Management and Logistics Integration

Recent scandals involving tainted peanut products, children's toys, and pet food serve as excellent reminders of how important a company's supply chain is and how disastrous mistakes can be for the company. In addition, these scandals have had a clear, negative impact on the purchaser of the products and indeed the overall economy.

At MainStream we define a supply chain as “a network that procures raw materials, transforms them into various forms of work in process, resulting in a finished product which is transported to customers through a distribution system.” Management of such a network requires expert knowledge and outstanding ability to optimize logistics that allow for a specific quantity of a particular item needed at a particular time and at a particular price. It is obvious that the relationships an organization has with the suppliers that make up these networks, and the associated integration of logistics support, are a central component of supply chain management and of critical importance to a successful company.

In today's business world it is a matter of practicality to have a defined supply chain strategy as a core component of a business plan. Engaging in sustainable supply chain management is a core “best practice” that management must implement to lower costs, increase revenues and drive customer satisfaction.

MainStream has worked with a variety of companies across a range of industries, helping them understand and implement how supply chain management sustainability fits within their product strategies.