With the development of the integrative supply chain management approach, traditional thinking about concepts such as purchasing, materials management, distribution and logistics management has become outdated.
Speculation on the reasons for dynamic growth of supply chain management in South African businesses ranges from the opening up of the domestic economy to the pressure of global competitors, and technology advancements. The astonishing success of progressive organisations such as SA Breweries (now part of the international group AB-InBev), Sasol, Iscor (now called ArcelorMittal SA), Sappi and a number of retail groups (e.g. Truworths) in the international marketplace, however, is in no small part a result of their early adoption of the supply chain philosophy (customer value creation, total cost of ownership, integration of processes and the reduction of cycle time) and they have contributed significantly to the unprecedented growth of supply chain management in South Africa.
Supply chain management identifies the strategic impact and evolutionary direction of the field in a global market environment and emphasises the changes in processes and management thinking required to introduce supply chain management in South African organisations. It covers topics such as supply chain strategies, supply chain integration, performance improvement, customer service, quality and inventory management, total cost of ownership, green supply chain management, e-commerce and information technology, negotiations, transport and distribution management, the retail supply chain, global supply chain management and SCM in the public sector.
Supply chain management is aimed at all supply chain, logistics and transport management students.
SECTION 1 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: CONCEPTS AND MANAGEMENT
Chapter 1 Introduction to supply chain management
Chapter 2 Supply chain strategy
Chapter 3 Lean and agile supply chains
Chapter 4 Supply chain organisation and integration
Chapter 5 Improving supply chain performance
Chapter 6 Customer service: a supply chain focus
Chapter 7 Suppliers in the supply chain
SECTION 2 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND INTERNAL DIMENSIONS
Chapter 8 Managing inventories in the supply chain
Chapter 9 Quality: a key concept in supply chain management
Chapter 10 Total cost of ownership: a supply chain perspective
Chapter 11 Logistics management in the supply chain
Chapter 12 Green supply chain management
SECTION 3 TOOLS IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Chapter 13 Negotiations in the supply chain
Chapter 14 Managing supply chains with information technology
SECTION 4 DISTRIBUTION AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Chapter 15 Distribution management
Chapter 16 The role of transport in the supply chain
SECTION 5 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AREAS OF APPLICATION
Chapter 17 Managing the global supply chain
Chapter 18 Retailing in a digital era
Chapter 19 Government supply chain management
Annexure A: Primary acts that regulate procurement
Annexure B: Important supply chain management practices notes: 2003–2014
Annexure C: Supply chain management municipal circulars
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