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Supply Chain Resources - Oakland Campus: Getting Started


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Business Librarian

Alice Kalinowski
206 Hillman Library

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What is Supply Chain Management?

Supply chain management (SCM) is a set of approaches:

  • To efficiently integrate suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, and stores,
  • So that merchandise and/or services are produced and distributed in the right quantities, to the right locations, and at the right time,
  • In order to minimize systemwide costs while satisfying service level requirements.

(Paraphrased from page 1 of Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operations by Sunil Chopra and Peter Meindl.)

Graphic created by Desirae Sweet, using concepts adapted from the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model.

This guide was originally developed in Spring 2013 by Desirae Sweet, Business Library Intern.


Keywords to Try

To find articles on supply chain management in databases, try these keywords:

  • Supply chain, supply chain management, OR scm
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing
  • Operations
  • Sourcing
  • Procurement
  • Suppliers
  • Distributers OR Distribution
  • Shipping

Structure your searches like this:

[company name/industry descriptor] + [keyword]

Example:   Apple + sourcing