How To Use This Logistics/Supply Chain Site

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In addition to helping you figure out your cost of goods, this section can also tell you the 5 Questions Your Supply Chain Wants To Ask You. Yes, this section will help you define your company’s on-time delivery policy, but it can also tell you who’s more awesome – the NFL or the NBA.

To make the best use of the Logistics/Supply Chain section, follow this simple 1, 2, 3, 4 approach:

  1. One Logistics/Supply Chain section.
  1. Two purposes – educate & entertain
  2. Three main sections of this section: Supply Chain Starters, Supply Chain Specifics, Life Is A Metaphor For Supply Chain
  3. Four types of people come to Logistics/Supply Chain section:
    • the supply chain pro looking for more information,
    • the small business manager looking for supply chain help,
    • the non-supply chain pro trying to understand what those kooks in supply chain are talking about,
    • none of the above

One.  This one section can take you to so many places. You can choose to learn the difference between safety stock and a re-order point – or, if you’re feeling a little less serious, learn the difference between ​safety stock and livestock.  Feel free to dance whimsically around the site or start with the glossary and use it to launch yourself into terminology definitions, case studies, and double-clicks into the world of supply chain.

Two.  This one section has two missions – to educate and to entertain.

  Straight up supply chain articles like this COGS explanation seek to educate. My taking credit for the Dallas Cowboys 2014-2015 success falls into the entertainment category (although there are supply chain lessons to be learned). Sometimes both education and entertainment can happen within the same article (check out The PB&J’s of Supply Chain).

Three. Of the three main sections, the “Supply Chain Starters” section covers broader topics – for instance, broadly tackling supply chain optimization – and housing a living supply chain glossary. 

The “Supply Chain Specifics” section gets into the nitty-gritty of supply chain – and goes into a deeper dive into the terms defined in the glossary. 

The “Life Is A Metaphor For Supply Chain” section answers pressing questions like “Which NBA Players Would Make The Best Supply Chain Managers”, “Who’s Louder: Your Supply Chain or the Foo Fighters” and “Who Is On The Mount Rushmore Of Supply Chain.” And much more. Warning: real world supply chain lessons might be embedded in these articles.

Four. The seasoned supply chain pro might find this section useful for its cases studies, supply chain history and terminology definition. Some very serious supply chain pros might be offended that their chosen profession can be written about in such a quirky manner. We tend to roll our eyes at these very serious supply chain pro’s behind their backs – even though they likely contribute to cost of goods management and on-time delivery where they work.

The small business manager who comes to the Internet looking for supply chain help will also benefit from this section.

The small business manager tends to do many things at her or his company and doesn’t have the 10,000 disposable hours that they’ll need to master supply chain. They can come here at get a speedy definition of on-time delivery, supplier relationship management or learn how they can quickly calculate their cost of goods. 

At larger companies, there are pros in finance, marketing, and other functions who need to figure out what the supply chain folks are grumbling about in their cubicles. For those non-supply chain pros who want to be able to march down their corridors barking about reverse logistics and safety stocks, they’ll benefit from the Supply Chain Starters section. 

And then there’s the “none of the above” person who stumbles across this section. If that’s you, you probably want to start in the “Life Is A Metaphor For Supply Chain” section.

But don’t be shy about dabbling in the other sections, too. 

You’ll start out by comparing Batman’s supply chain to Ironman’s – and by the end of your tour through the site, you may have a very strong opinion about whether you should cycle count or conduct a 100% physical inventory.