SUNConferences, Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering 2014

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ANALYSIS OF SUPPLY CHAIN AS AN EFFECTIVE MANUFACTURING STRATEGY TOOL FOR A TEXTILE MANUFACTURING FIRM
Samson Mhlanga, Clemence T Mutopa, Manfred Mushininga

Last modified: 2014-06-26

Abstract


Supply chain issues have become critical for an operation’s ability to manage raw material supply, processing of these raw materials into products and their delivery to customers in an efficient manner. As a matter of fact, supply chain management is a key  attribute in a globally competitive environment because it dictates the firm’s delivery performance through the control of products or services from suppliers to processing stages up to the end customer. So it is critical for a firm to ensure that each member of the supply chain contributes to the desired mix of competitive priorities, that is, quality, speed, dependability, flexibility and cost required by the end customer. This paper sought to establish the supply chain issues pertaining to KM Textiles as well as determining any improvements which could be done to improve the system. It concludes by analysing the current suppliers, and customers; among other collaborators, and suggesting areas for improvement to reduce manufacturing costs for the  Zimbabwean textile manufacturing company.

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