November 12, 2010

From a Supply Line: 1

Filed under: supplyline — Tags: , — admin @ 4:39 am

My customers are unforgiving, they are not the kind of people to be messed with, they want their supply line to give them what they want, where they want it and at the time they want it.

Product availability¬† is the key to my success¬† and ultimately to that of my superior, in fact it may be a matter of life and death, his and mine! The supply line, which I’m in charge of, must be meticulously planned, preferably months in advance, although sometimes I’m only given a few weeks or days notice. Change happens on the fly, the number of customers can be very different from one day to the next and the delivery point can be miles away from where I was told it would be.

The products I procure are a mix of seasonal and standard stock items, my suppliers may be local or overseas and it’s important for my team to recognize that even my local suppliers must change from one month to the next. Procurement is a constant headache and my buyers spend most of their time on the road.

There is no I.T. software to assist me and my transportation assets seem to have a mind of their own!

You see, I am responsible for procurement and logistics for my master who is a most distinguished, successful and capable Roman general. Whether we are in barracks or out on a field campaign I must ensure that our soldiers are adequately supplied and fed, as I mentioned earlier, to fail in my task would not be acceptable, it is a matter of life and death. I hope that you return to these pages soon, I will be sharing some of my supply line stories with you.

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