Supply Chain Construction: The Basics for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash

William T. Walker

August 26, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 484 Pages - 54 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482240467 - CAT# K23327
Series: Resource Management

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  • Draws on the expertise of a recognized practitioner of supply chain architecture
  • Offers a totally integrated, comprehensive approach to networking the flow of material, information, and cash, as well as the relationship issues that ensure service and continuity in the forward supply chain by means of a 20-step blueprint
  • Explains how to specify supply chain requirements
  • Covers supply chain start-up diagnostics to quickly achieve maximum performance
  • Demonstrates how to apply the supply chain blueprint to the complete construction of reverse supply chains
  • Provides a complete set of supply chain life-cycle checklists including building, expanding or exiting products and services
  • Provides a practical focus on the cash-to-cash cycle for startup companies
  • Outlines methods applicable to all sizes of organizations and to supply chain professionals from corporate executives to start-up entrepreneurs
  • Includes mathematical models, diagrams, practical checklists, cases, and anecdotes


All too often, entrepreneurs start small businesses unaware of their need for a supply chain network. And, large companies are acquired and their product lines merged with little regard for supply chain network integration and rationalization. Written for practitioners by a practitioner with 40 years of experience, Supply Chain Construction: The Basics for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash presents an integrated, comprehensive blueprint for building and/or rebuilding an end-to-end supply chain. Emphasizing flexibility and strength, the book explores optimal ways to withstand product evolution, contingencies, organizational life cycles, and disasters for the long haul.

Each chapter begins with a storyline describing the interpersonal relationships and intrapersonal conflicts that attend change. This is followed by a logical sequence of checklists, diagrams, maps, mathematical models, and spreadsheets for each topic. The author presents a 20-step blueprint that defines the supply chain network container and its product contents and includes example applications of the blueprint to nontraditional businesses found in small to medium-sized companies. He also includes decision factor charts for selecting the right suppliers, factories, and distributors; comprehensive examples of both forward and reverse supply chain network construction; and detailed explanations of inbound, midbound, and outbound logistics considerations.

Just as a surgeon performing a delicate operation needs to understand the consequences of cutting into an intersection of the body’s internal organs, you, the supply chain practitioner, need to understand the consequences of cutting into an intersection of a network’s material flow, information flow, and cash flow. Covering the practical issues of highly integrated networks woven together by corporate relationships and enabled by information technology, this book shows you how to systematically build and/or rebuild a robust supply chain that not only ensures growth, but also solidifies the future of your company as a whole.