Improving supply chain strategy for red meat: a comparison between Australian and UK 'lean' practice

Sadler, Ian (2004) Improving supply chain strategy for red meat: a comparison between Australian and UK 'lean' practice. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


More efficient operation of supply chains is important because of increasing competition in Australia's evolving market economy. Much future competition will be between supply chains rather than individual companies. Work in a number of other industries has led to major improvements in lead-time, quality, customer service and profitability. Studies in Australia and Britain, whilst in a preliminary mode have enabled value chain members to meet together and achieve business efficiencies. Two methods for improving chain efficiency are being developed. A new process called Strategic Operations and Logistics Planning (SOLP) enables meatworks managers, working in a team, to derive strategic plans for several supply chains. In the second method, researchers in Britain use the Value Chain Analysis (VCA) method, to work with senior managers at abattoirs, meat processors and supermarkets, and with farmers. The aim of the paper is to combine concepts with practice in this important, growing area of the processes that enable red meat businesses, and others, to develop and implement strategies for entire supply chains. The paper briefly describes examples of the application of both SOLP and VCA and compares their advantages and disadvantages.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords meat industry and trade; business logistics; supply chain; management; Australia; UK
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