Supply Chain Management Blog

India Post – Pioneer of Last Mile Connectivity

In 2002, the World Bank released its report on India Post, exploring the new opportunities and threats the future holds for India Post, from the time the report was released. Around 10 years later, India Post announced its plan to partner with e-commerce providers in 2013, to increase its business opportunities in search of a possible avenue for profits. India Post, is one of the biggest Public organizations in the country, with over a million employees and over 1,50,000 centres of operation. The icing on the cake is that, more than 80% of the centers are present in rural areas. This provides India Post with the unique opportunity to reach out to the rural masses with e-commerce and other related e-services which the retailers are unable to service as they do not have a presence in most of the rural locations. Whether India Post took a cue from the World Bank report or it simply followed the path of other Postal Dept. in the world, this a leap made in the right path.

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Domino’s Case Study

With about 50 different ingredients, Domino’s Pizza has a complex source of raw materials. As per Domino’s a possible 34mn combinations have been worked out by them. Certainly, you would not want to have them all in your menu, but the number adequately testifies the choices in front of you at domino’s. This is possibly the most customizable food outlet in the world. Yet, for all this variety, Domino’s supply chain is based on a push concept for most of its operations. It is based on the familiar concept of delaying the customization till the last possible stage to maximize automation and production. Let’s look into the Push-Pull Frontier with this illustration of Domino’s Pizza.

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Multiple Supply Chains - A Case Study

For any manufacturing organisation, we can divide the supply chain into two parts. One is the upstream supply chain and the other is downstream supply chain. In this podcast, I am going to discuss the need for multiple supply chains for the downstream. The downstream supply chain originates at the factory and ends with the delivery of the product to the end consumer. We are concerned only with the forward product flow, so I am not considering the reverse product flow or the reverse logistics part. This sets the scope for our discussion related to multiple supply chains.

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SKU Nomenclature Policy

SKU (pronounced as skew) is the abbreviation of Stock Keeping Unit. SKU helps us to uniquely identify a product. Each organisation have their own SKU nomenclature policy, which refers to the methodology of numbering SKUs, governance and control. A given SKU number provides the same understanding to all the stakeholders not only inside your organisation, but also to your suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. When a product has a different form or fit or function from another product it will gain a different SKU number. Here one need to follow the concept of materiality, meaning whether the differences are significant or not. A good SKU Nomenclature Policy is the foundation of an effective and efficient inventory management.

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Eligibility for APICS Certifications

APICS offers CPIM, CSCP and CLTD certifications, considered as the gold standards across the globe by the supply chain community. The three certifications in its expanded form reads as

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All About CPIM

Welcome to IISCM.org. Fhyzics is an Authorised Channel Partner of APICS, USA. 

This podcast is all about CPIM. CPIM stands for Certified in Production and Inventory Management.  

Since 1973, CPIM has been recognized as the standard of professional competence in production and inventory management. Companies across the globe rely on Certified in Production and Inventory Management designees to maximize return-on-investment, and increase customer satisfaction.

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The Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook

Overview

This second edition has been updated and revised to reflect the most recent Six Sigma techniques and to match the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Body of Knowledge (BOK). While the primary audience for this work is the individual preparing to sit for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification examination, a secondary audience for the handbook is the quality and Six Sigma professional who would like a relevant Six Sigma reference book.

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Operations Management Integrating Manufacturing and Services

Overview

Operations Management Integrating Manufacturing and Services offers a broad and relatively non-quantitative overview of the field of operations management and provides a “big picture” perspective that should appeal to a variety of business majors—not just those students majoring in operations management. Reflecting the background of the authors, Operations Management Integrating Manufacturing and Services has the strongest coverage of services of any introductory book on the market. 

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Teerthanker Mahaveer Institute of Management and Technology (TMIMT), Moradabad

Teerthanker Mahaveer Institute of Management and Technology (TMIMT) is the seed that has grown into a big Banyan tree in the form of Teerthanker Mahaveer University. The college, established in 2001, since beginning, has been contributing to the development of management education and society, by fostering leadership, nurturing entrepreneurial talent and stimulating research.

Please visit: TMIMT, Moradabad

Program: MBA (Supply Chain Management & Logistics)

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Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM), Kolkata

Situated in the heart of Kolkata business district, the Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM) is highly focused on source of professional education for building careers in management. It represents an effective and significant investment.

Please visit: EIILM, Kolkata

Program: MBA (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

The Master of Business Administration is a broad-based general management qualification tailored to the needs of experienced or aspiring management who wish to expand their knowledge and skills to equip them for senior Management Executives positions. It seeks to develop the perspectives necessary for Effective Business Management.

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