Unit 14: Strategic Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Unit code:                        D/602/2357

Unit Level:                       QCF Level 7/ NFQ Level 9

Credit value:                   15

Guided learning hours: 45

Unit aim

This unit provides the learner with the understanding and skills to plan strategies to improve an organisation’s supply chain.


Unit introduction

This unit focuses on how the concept of supply chain management and logistics is based on the idea that every product that reaches an end user represents the combined effort of multiple organisations which make up the supply chain and that until recently, most organisations paid attention to only what was happening within their own business. Few organisations understood, much less managed, the entire chain of activities that ultimately delivered products to the final customer. This resulted in ineffective supply chains.

In this unit, learners will develop the knowledge that, today, many organisations realise that effective management of supply chain activities can lead to increased customer value and achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Supply chain activities cover everything from product development, sourcing, production and logistics, to the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.

Learners will discover that the organisations that make up the supply chain are ‘linked’ through physical and information flows. Physical flows involve the transformation, movement and storage of goods and materials and are the most visible piece of the supply chain. Of equal importance are information flows as they allow the various supply chain partners to coordinate their long-term plans and control the day-to-day flow of goods and materials up and down the supply chain.

This unit will give learners an understanding of the key drivers in the creation of an integrated supply chain – the principal aim of many organisations