At A Glance: Supply Chain Management
At one time, businesses needed an entire department dedicated to their supply chain if they wanted to succeed in their industry. This meant costly employees on site, a range of different programs and connections to get the job done, and potentially-difficult-to-manage issues arising at any stage in the process. Then the idea of supply chain management came along and was embraced by talented freelancers. This idea is twofold. First, every product reaches the customer through the efforts of a number of different organizations – these are the supply chain. Second, most businesses only focus on what happens within their “four walls” and ignore the end result for the customer. This could lead to an ineffective and disjointed supply chain.
So businesses began to hire supply chain management specialists to make the system more efficient. These freelance experts manage all the elements of the supply chain in the most effective and streamlined manner. This covers areas such as logistics, production, sourcing, and even product development and the various systems that coordinate these processes. They can orchestrate both the physical flows of products and the flow of information – from the storage and movement of materials to the information about day-to-day inflows and outflows, and the goods required to make products. This holistic approach means one person can see the whole supply chain and manage it as needed – and these specialists can easily be found and hired on Upwork.