A 'peer reviewed' journal indexed on Cabell's Directory, and also distributed by EBSCO and Proquest Database
It is a quarterly journal that focuses on Purchasing, Manufacturing, 3PL, E-procurement, Reverse supply chain inventory, Warehousing, Planning and forecasting, Collaborative commerce, Data analytics, E-supply chains, Risk management and sustainability of supply chains, Value chain management, etc.
The Impact of E-Business on Supply Chain Performance in the Context of Indian Automobile Industry
With the advent of e-business processes and internet-based technologies, supply chain managers realized that adoption of these technologies could provide them strong competitive tools for generating more revenue and profits. In order to gain a competitive advantage in the automobile industry, it is essential to manage supply chain network in such a way that automobile manufacturers can provide quality products at an affordable price. The idea of implementing e-business processes in the supply chain is to increase the competitive benefits by improving the overall performance. Organizations can easily avail information on the supply chain due to the latest development in technologies. This development in technology has decreased the cost of availing information across the entire supply chain. Therefore, this paper seeks to study the impact of e-business process on the performance of supply chain management of the Indian automobile industry. Two important parameters, i.e., cost reduction and customer satisfaction, are taken to justify performance improvement. The results reveal that there is a significant positive relationship between the parameters of supply chain and supply chain performance.
Green Supply Chain Management Practices in Ethiopia’s Leather and Leather Product Industry
Environmental issues have attracted the public attention significantly in the last two decades. Manufacturing companies around the world, particularly in emerging economies, have an increased awareness of green concepts and attempt to adopt environment-friendly practices. The leather industry in Ethiopia is facing severe pressure to minimize environmental pollution. Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) practice improves environmental performance by integrating environmental concerns into supply chain activities. This study assesses the current practices of GSCM in Ethiopia’s leather and leather product industry by employing descriptive type of research. The data was collected using a questionnaire. The target population for the study was 92 registered leather and leather product manufacturing companies in Ethiopia. Data was collected from top and middle level managers in the leather industry of Ethiopia and the collected data was analyzed using descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation). The results indicate that the companies in Ethiopia’s leather and leather product industry have significantly initiated the implementation of GSCM practices in terms of internal environmental management practice, eco-design, green manufacturing practice, green packaging and investment recovery, while green distribution practices, cooperation with customers and reverse logistics evidenced a low level.
Development of a Mathematical Model for Supply Chain Mapping of Composite Materials in the Aerospace Industry
Aerospace industry has seen an escalating trend towards the use of alternative materials with enhanced properties in building aircrafts since 1950. The wide application of composite materials in aerospace industry has opened paths to various studies within. Development of composite materials for use in the aerospace sector is both expensive and involves high risk; therefore, the initial development was performed by the defence sector which has a relatively large budget as compared to commercial aircraft manufacturers. The use of lightweight materials in aircraft manufacturing is driven by several factors, such as the need to reduce consumption of fuel, global trend of reducing CO2 emission and the need to increase cargo/passenger load per flight. Composite materials give OEMs an opportunity to produce lightweight structures and thereby reduce fuel costs and further reduce emissions. Hence, the increase in usage of composite materials in aerospace is justified. The supply chain mapping of composite materials is the primary focus of this study. The principle involved in developing the procurement strategy of these materials in a complex supply chain network and its manufacturability is the motivation for this project. Optimizing a procurement strategy is always a tradeoff between many dimensions. The three main aspects are quality, time and cost. This paper investigates the issues of mapping processes through effective planning to minimize the overall cost, maximize the industry set quality standards and minimize the lead times for procuring the product. A mathematical model is developed, and an optimization problem is addressed as a part of this paper.
Selecting a Logistics Service Provider for a Manufacturing Firm: Issues and Suggestions
Logistics is an important activity for all manufacturing firms to distribute their products to the customers on time. The delays and any mishandling of the products may affect customer satisfaction and hamper the business of the firms. Adoption of good logistics by a firm can also contribute to maintaining competitive advantage. This paper attempts to understand the logistics of one big manufacturing firm in India engaged in fertilizers. It proposes the services of one service provider by taking into view several important issues like availability of trucks, distance and turnaround time and others, particularly from the perspective of the manufacturer. It also surveys three different multinational companies to understand the logistics solution adopted by them and their understanding of the issues related to the proposed service provider. In addition, the study also surveys three competent logistics service providers to understand their logistics model and their views on the service provider. Finally, the study attempts to come out with a logistics model to select a service provider.
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