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What is Supply chain management (SCM) ?

Is the management of the flow of goods and services.

It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process
inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

Supply chain management has been defined as the "design, planning, execution,
control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net
value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics,
synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally.

Companies in the field

Supply-chain consultancies vary in their ranges of services and sizes, major players
in the field include:

A.T. Kearney
Booz Allen Hamilton
Deloitte Consulting
DHL Consulting
Grant Thornton
Hitachi Consulting
IBM Global Business Services
Lytica, Inc.
McKinsey & Company
West Monroe Partners

Logistics is part of SCM

Logistics Management is a small portion of Supply Chain Management that

deals with management of goods in an efficient way.
Supply Chain Management, is a broader term which refers to the connection, right
from the suppliers to the ultimate consumer.

What is meant by logistics management?

It is management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of
consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or corporations.
The resources managed in logistics can include

Physical items -such as food, materials, animals, equipment and liquids,

Abstract items, such as time and information.

Job of Logistics Manager

Meet customer demands through the planning, control and implementation of the
effective movement and storage of related information, goods and services from
origin to destination.
In military what is meant by logistics ?
Is concerned with maintaining army supply lines while disrupting those of the
Logistics officers manage how and when to move resources to the places they
are needed.
Who is a logistician and what is the aim ?
A professional working in the field of logistics management is called a logistician;
The minimization of the use of resources is a aim of all working in logistics fields.
What is meant by Inbound logistics ?
It concentrate on purchasing and arranging the inbound movement of materials,
parts, and/or finished inventory from suppliers to manufacturing or assembly
plants, warehouses, or retail stores.
What is meant by outbound Logistics?
The process related to the storage and movement of the final product and the
related information flows from the end of the production line to the end user.

Main fields of logistics:

1. Procurement logistics
Consists of activities such as
market research;
requirements planning;
make-or-buy decisions;
supplier management;
ordering, and order controlling.
The targets in procurement logistics

maximizing efficiency by concentrating on core competences,

outsourcing while maintaining the autonomy of the company, or
minimizing procurement costs while maximizing security within the supply
2. Distribution logistics
main task is the delivery of the finished products to the customer.
It consists of order processing, warehousing, and transportation.
Distribution logistics is necessary because the time, place, and quantity of
production differs with the time, place, and quantity of consumption.
3. Disposal logistics
Main function is to reduce logistics cost(s) and enhance service(s) related to the
disposal of waste produced during the operation of a business.
4. Reverse logistics
denotes all those operations related to the reuse of products and materials.
The reverse logistics process includes the management and the sale of surpluses,
as well as products being returned to vendors from buyers.
Reverse logistics stands for all operations related to the reuse of products and
5. Green Logistics
describes all attempts to measure and minimize the ecological impact of logistics
Do path optimization, vehicle saturation and city logistics.
6. Asset Control Logistics:

Companies in the retail channels, both organized retailers and suppliers, often
deploy assets required for the display, preservation, promotion of their products.
Some examples are refrigerators, stands, display monitors, seasonal equipment,
poster stands & frames.
7. Emergency logistics (or Humanitarian Logistics)
is a term used by the logistics, supply chain, and manufacturing industries to
denote specific time-critical modes of transport used to move goods or objects
rapidly in the event of an emergency.
The reason for enlisting emergency logistics services could be a production delay
or anticipated production delay, or an urgent need for specialized equipment to
prevent events such as aircraft being grounded (also known as "aircraft on
ground"AOG), ships being delayed, or telecommunications failure.
Humanitarian logistics involves governments, the military, aid agencies, donors,
non-governmental organizations and emergency logistics services are typically
sourced from a specialist provider.
8. Production logistics
describes logistic processes within a value adding system (ex: factory or a mine).
Production logistics aims to ensure that each machine and workstation receives
the right product in the right quantity and quality at the right time.
The concern is with production, testing, transportation, storage and supply.
In many industries (e.g. mobile phones), the short-term goal is a batch size of one,
allowing even a single customer's demand to be fulfilled efficiently.
9. Third-party logistics (3PL)
involves using external organizations to execute logistics activities that have
traditionally been performed within an organization itself.
According to this definition, third-party logistics includes any form of outsourcing
of logistics activities previously performed in house.
For example, if a company with its own warehousing facilities decides to employ
external transportation, this would be an example of third-party logistics.

Who is a 4PL
Is a general contractor that manages other 3PLs, truckers, forwarders, custom
house agents, and others, essentially taking responsibility of a complete process for
the customer.

What is Failure Analysis?

Process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the cause of a failure,
The main goal is to determine corrective actions or cost to be born.
From failed components we want to collect data & examine cause or causes of
Methods used:
Microscopy and Spectroscopy for component failure.
Aim is:
To prevent future occurrence of failure,
To improve the performance of the device, component or structure.

What is RCA ?
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method of problem solving used for identifying the
root causes of faults or problems.
For example,
Imagine an investigation into a machine that stopped because it overloaded and
the fuse blew.
Investigation shows that the machine overloaded because it had a bearing that
wasn't being sufficiently lubricated.
The investigation proceeds further and finds that the automatic lubrication
mechanism had a pump which was not pumping sufficiently, hence the lack of
Investigation of the pump shows that it has a worn shaft.
Investigation of why the shaft was worn discovers that there isn't an adequate
mechanism to prevent metal scrap getting into the pump.
This enabled scrap to get into the pump, and damage it.
The root cause of the problem is therefore that metal scrap can contaminate the
lubrication system.
Fixing this problem ought to prevent the whole sequence of events recurring.

Compare this with an investigation that does not find the root cause: replacing the
fuse, the bearing, or the lubrication pump will probably allow the machine to go
back into operation for a while.
But there is a risk that the problem will simply recur, until the root cause is dealt
Focusing correction on root causes has the goal of entirely preventing problem

What is Maintenance Testing ?

Test performed to Either identify equipment problems,
Diagnose equipment problems or
Confirm that repair measures have been effective.
Test can be performed at 1. Either the system level (e.g., the HVAC system),
2. The equipment level (e.g., the blower in a HVAC line), or,
3. the component level (e.g., a control chip in the control box for the blower in
the HVAC line).