Manufacturing Product Flow Path Optimization for Company D

Open Access
Author:
Hogan, Darby Leigh
Area of Honors:
Supply Chain and Information Systems
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Alexander Novack, Thesis Supervisor
  • John C Spychalski, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Visibility
  • Supply Chain Network Design
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Manufacturing Optimization
Abstract:
Supply chain process mapping is one of the most critical and widely used tools in supply chain management in regards to process improvement. As supply chains become increasingly global and complex, the need to accurately capture the state of current business processes is imperative not only for organizational and strategic alignment/re-alignment, but to also find otherwise hidden inefficiencies in a firm’s supply chain. A variety of widely used mathematical and qualitative approaches for supply chain process mapping are used by firms in order to find optimizations in their supply chain processes. This thesis will utilize the concept of supply chain process mapping in order to analyze opportunities within Company D’s supplier relationships, new product processes, order fulfillment processes, and customer relationships. The thesis includes a composite of executive insights, site tours, secondary research, and application of traditional operations management strategies. Multiple strategic supply chain leverage points were identified for further analysis in respect to Company D’s manufacturing strategies. The research in this thesis identified multiple opportunities for Company D to segment their supply chain strategy in regards to demand profiles, purchasing strategies, and customer profiles as well as strategies to increase their supply chain visibility.