draft. Adapted from previous published version (Balloted and Ratified by
Membership, June 1997)
in Supply Chain Management
Is supply of materials to computing
technology and electronics industries impacted by the weather? Doesn't it
all start with the sand that gets made into silicon?
To stimulate thinking about the
components of your supply chain, here's an example of the participants in the
supply chain that delivers a nice cut of steak for dinner:
- The cowhands or range hands who
look after the cattle.
- The banker who finances land,
- The chemist who makes
insecticides, serums and fertilizers.
- The oil refiner who provides
fuel for the power machinery so many ranchers use.
- The steelmaker who
provides a multitude of items from fencing to branding irons to filing
- The brewer who furnishes some of the by-products used to make
livestock feeds with which ranchers and feeders supplement grass.
- The sugar refiner who also makes by-products used to make livestock
- The cotton ginner who also makes by-products used to make livestock
- The flour miller who also makes by-products used to make livestock
- The veterinarian who looks after the health of the cattle.
- The blacksmith who shoes the horses and repairs ranch machinery.
- The airplane pilot who sprays ranges and fields, destroying pests.
- The lumberjack who provides the wood for corrals and barns and
- The windmiller to makes the machinery that keeps man-made ranch
water holes working.
- The feeder who takes lean range cattle and puts about 25% more beef
on them by intensive feeding.
- The truck drivers who haul cattle to market and meat to you.
- The railroaders, who also haul cattle to markets.
- The stockyard workers who provide "room and board" for livestock.
- The commission agent who is a sales agent for the producer.
- The meat packer who processes and distributes the beef.
- The retailer, who sells the meat.
- The butcher who cuts the meat, and is the final link between all
the parties on this list and you.