Logistics (Warehousing/Supply Chain)
The need to understand the topics of logistics and supply chain is very important to a food brand group (of any size) to survive in today’s climate. One of the earliest roles a food start-up needs to explore is a supply chain manager. The Lemonaders Team helps clients with their supply chain management needs through our partners.
Definition of Supply Chain: In commerce, supply chain management, the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.
Definition of Logistics: Concerning the distribution and warehousing (supply chain needs) of consumer products,
logistics concerns the subjects of the initial products, storage of the products and distribution (transport) of the products.
The Role of a Supply Chain Manager (for a manufacturer)
Supply Chain Managers are responsible for overseeing and managing company’s overall supply chain and logistics strategy and operations in order to maximize the process efficiency and productivity. In addition, they play a crucial role in developing and maintaining good relationships with vendors and distributors.
- Ensure good warehousing practices for raw & packaging material and for finished goods. Accurately records the inventory and checks inventory rotation, controls and co-ordinates all documents relevant to receipt and dispatch of goods
- Ensure smooth operations by effective communication and close collaboration with all internal partners at factory, Supply Chain, Procurement and external partners as Suppliers, Customs and Transport providers.
- Detailed Production Scheduling is consistently delivering achievable plans within given Master Production Schedule, while minimizing production costs.
- Material Management Planning (Inbound Material Management) makes raw & packaging material available on time and quality at best overall costs for seamless manufacturing; co-ordinates with suppliers of raw and packaging materials for maintaining service levels while constantly seeking improvement possibilities.