Supply Chain is essential in every business and it is something we cannot do without in the current market landscape. With globalization, it is very common for companies to do business with manufacturer, supplier or customer located in a faraway location. On top of the increased cost competitiveness, end customers also have increasing demands for innovative, quality products.
There are many factors weighing down on the firm, such as bringing in more sales, catching up with demand, faster product development time to catch up with the short product life cycles to keep customer interested. For bigger conglomerates, they can easily find expertise within the group or to buy over firms to take care of its supply chain.
The first step in integration is to adopt a collaborative mind-set. Traditional workplace settings set people to work in department and everyone is so used to working in silos of “departments” and missed seeing the fact that many times, what seems “best” for the department may not actually contribute anything to the company. This is true if we cannot break down the walls between the different departments.