April 10th, 2014 is Supply Chain Day. And to celebrate, Eye for Transport is posting a daily quote on what supply chain means to individuals within the industry. Given my primary research focus is applying operations research methodologies to logistic challenges, I thought I would offer my opinion on what supply chain means to me.
Supply chain and logistics enables us to experience the things that make us happy and healthy. Here are three personal, tangible reasons why I think supply chain and logistics play an important role in our day-to-day lives and our economy.
The picture above is a screen shot of my mother-in-law’s Facebook post around her birthday. Logistics is THE modern marvel that enables her to enjoy beautiful tulips in frigid Wyoming in February.
My family is in the beef business. They produce a great product that they believe should be consumed around the world. Great supply chains and logistics are what enable me to enjoy Pazour Beef in Florida. On the flipside, logistics is also what enables my Dad to enjoy Lobster in South Dakota. Without logistics, we would be confined to experiencing only the products that we could produce in front of us.
- Given that in the U.S. almost 40 percent of the drugs we take are made somewhere else, logistics plays a vital role in getting the medications that save lives to the patients that need them.
To understand what supply chains have done for others, follow the twitter hashtag #SC4ME.