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The Steaks 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:

  1. The cowhands or range hands who look after the cattle.
  2. The banker who finances land, herds, equipment.
  3. The chemist who makes insecticides, serums and fertilizers.
  4. The oil refiner who provides fuel for the power machinery so many ranchers use.
  5. The steelmaker who provides a multitude of items from fencing to branding irons to filing cabinets.
  6. The brewer who furnishes some of the by-products used to make livestock feeds with which ranchers and feeders supplement grass.
  7. The sugar refiner who also makes by-products used to make livestock feeds.
  8. The cotton ginner who also makes by-products used to make livestock feeds.
  9. The flour miller who also makes by-products used to make livestock feeds.
  10. The veterinarian who looks after the health of the cattle.
  11. The blacksmith who shoes the horses and repairs ranch machinery.
  12. The airplane pilot who sprays ranges and fields, destroying pests.
  13. The lumberjack who provides the wood for corrals and barns and pens.
  14. The windmiller to makes the machinery that keeps man-made ranch water holes working.
  15. The feeder who takes lean range cattle and puts about 25% more beef on them by intensive feeding.
  16. The truck drivers who haul cattle to market and meat to you.
  17. The railroaders, who also haul cattle to markets.
  18. The stockyard workers who provide "room and board" for livestock.
  19. The commission agent who is a sales agent for the producer.
  20. The meat packer who processes and distributes the beef.
  21. The retailer, who sells the meat.
  22. The butcher who cuts the meat, and is the final link between all the parties on this list and you.