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Depending on the depth of the learning experience participating companies aim for and the amount of time they are willing and able to spend, The Fresh Connection learning program can be delivered in various setups, The simulation-based training can be
Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
For a subject as vital as Supply Chain Management, it is not enough to tell people what needs to be done. They must experience it. The Fresh Connection is a different way of learning that puts participants at the heart of a lifelike simulation so they can experience the impact of every decision they make. Having just completed certification as a facilitator for The Fresh Connection supply chain simulation “game” Dave and his team solved challenges facing a fictional but realistic company.
You find a coupon in your local newspaper offering something you are very interested in at an attractive price. You go out of your way to go to the store to buy it, only to find to your great disappointment that the store is sold out. They also report that there are none in the distribution warehouse and they can’t tell you when (or even if) they will be able to get more.
Most companies today are feeling compelled to establish an omni-channel strategy to maintain control and profitability in the sales and distribution aspects of their business. This is one of the most challenging transformations most companies have faced, and it is causing one of the most successful and adept supply chains to falter.
Did you get all the chicken wings you wanted to accompany your Super Bowl experience? Thank the NHL. Did they cost more than last year? Blame ethanol. Several weeks ago, the National Chicken Council issued a warning that production was down this year due primarily to rising feed prices. Rumors of a chicken wing shortage spread like wildfire.
The longer and the more links in the supply chain—including partners, transportation modes, and handling points—the greater the opportunities for a disruption. Further, if any sources depend on a single resource or geographic area, the effect of a disruption is multiplied.
The largest companies are global, and they rely on doing business in multiple geographies to support their operations and growth. Smaller businesses, however, often will limit themselves to their local regions because exporting seems daunting. Certainly there are hurdles to exporting, but a great deal of help also is available.