Having a good broad-based background in global supply chains is helpful to the supply-chain manager, but there are also day-to-day issues with which the manager must deal constantly. Some of these issues can be found in the differences between domestic and global supply chains. A good starting point is the list of seven wastes in lean systems found in chapter 4. All are important issues in both domestic and global supply chains, but there are significant differences among them. Beyond the so-called wastes are additional issues such as outsourcing versus insourcing, the role of costs, and issues that may have completely different dimensions in the global arena.
The Seven Wastes
Rather than go back over all seven of ...