Supply Chain Development
Supply Chain development can be loosely defined as the process of larger companies working collaboratively with suppliers to improve or expand the supplier's capabilities. An Idaho example may be that of a large national food supplier requiring a local Idaho food packer to adopt and adhere to national or international food safety requirements. In order to retain existing business or develop new business, the Idaho company will need to learn and implement the new standard.
The Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative, pictured left, is a good example of an Idaho company that is committed to adopting food safety and quality standards that puts it in good stead with major international food companies. By adopting world-class food safety standards, PNW guarantees that food produced in the fields of the Palouse will arrive safely on tables around the world.
A large manufacturer that has adopted the Lean Manufacturing methodology or ISO quality standard may require its suppliers to do the same. Again, in order to retain or gain business, the smaller company will need to dedicate time, money, people and resources to meet the requirements.
TechHelp recognizes and addresses the interdependency between large manufacturers and the smaller companies that make up their supply chains. Large companies seek to reduce the risk, including cost, in their supply chains. TechHelp works with smaller companies to increase their flexibility to better meet the needs of their larger customers and to increase and enhance strategic supplier relationships. TechHelp can help in a number of areas including:
Manufacturing today is a competition among supply chains. Manufacturers that cannot meet the increasing performance requirements of their customers lose their position in those chains—often to low-cost overseas suppliers. To compete, Idaho manufacturers must protect their positions in supply chains by being lean, fast, and innovative.