Category Archives: Supply Chain Management

What is Supply Chain Management?

By Dr Sue Grinsted 1 of 5 Articles on Supply Chain Management for SMEs The overall aim of supply chain management is to reduce the total cost of moving materials and products from suppliers to customers at every step in the chain, from the origins of the raw material to the point of final destruction…

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Why is supply chain management important for SMEs?

By Dr Sue Grinsted 2 of 5 Articles on Supply Chain Management for SMEs You might think that supply chain management is just another fad and is only for large companies but some of the key concepts can be very valuable for SMEs. In the article entitled “What is supply chain management?” it is stated…

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What can SMEs do to improve their supply chain management?

By Dr Sue Grinsted 3 of 5 Articles on Supply Chain Management for SMEs Many SMEs find themselves in a “supply chain sandwich”. Buying their raw materials from large companies, they find that they have no purchasing power. They often sell to large companies who dictate the conditions of sale. Although these may seem like…

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Procurement in SMEs who should be responsible?

By Dr Sue Grinsted 4 of 5 Articles on Supply Chain Management for SMEs. In many SMEs, procurement is carried out by several individuals, perhaps each of them buying just what they need for their area, or expenditure may be closely controlled by the owner-manager. Neither of these cases is ideal… The owner-manager wants to…

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What if you are too small to employ a procurement professional?

By Dr Sue Grinsted 5 of 5 Articles on Supply Chain Management for SMEs. Procurement in SMEs: what if you are too small to justify employing  a CIPS-qualified professional? With this 3 step approach, you can significantly improve the efficiency of your procurement activity. These methods are what distinguishes an analytical approach to procurement from “shopping”! Although…

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