Have you ever wondered where your clothes
are made? Where your Levi’s ever came from or where your iOS device was put together?
They likely came from far away, and this is all due to efficient supply chains.
First off, lets take an American Eagle shirt you might have bought at your local mall.
Where do you think it came from? China? It was likely actually made here in this factory
in Vietnam, shipped through Singapore in a big container, and then trucked to your local
mall. Next, have you ever wondered why all of your
zippers say YKK on them? That’s because it was likely manufactured by Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki
headquartered in Japan, but your zipper was likely manufactured in this factory in the
state of Georgia, USA where their largest manufacturer is located. Are you still looking
at your zipper? Lastly, your latest iOS device might have
been assembled in this new factory of one of apple’s suppliers located here just outside
of Sao Palo Brazil. So, what is supply chain? Supply chain is
the process of getting a product from point A to point B. With how advanced technology
has become, there are more ways than every to transport your product. Our goal s supply
chain managers is to get your product into your hands. Now, you might say, “How do we
do that?” Well, it’s easy. First we negotiate with suppliers to purchase these raw materials.
Second, we ship those materials as efficiently as possible through trucks, ships, and trains.
And finally, we do everything we can to make sure your product gets to the store on time
so you as a consumer can enjoy your product. Why is this so important to you? Well, without
it, you wouldn’t enjoy that car that you are able to drive or even that phone that you
enjoy using. Think about it! Everything you own is because of a company’s supply chain,
and without these supply chains, we would have nothing. So, how does supply chain compare
to other areas of business? Accounting – well, it’s the language of business with their income
statements and balance sheets. Marketing, on the other hand, is the promotion of business
making sure our customers are aware of our product with customer surveys, sales, and
things like advertisements. So where does that leave supply chain? In supply chain management,
WE ARE THE BUSINESS. We source your product, we make your product, and we deliver your
product so you as a consumer can enjoy your product.
So what careers are available in supply chain management? First, there are people who make
deals and negotiate with suppliers to make sure you get things like raw materials to
your business on time. You can strike deals, save your company lots of money. Something
that will make you very valuable in the marketplace. Also, you could work in quality control
and assure that your companies product is the best on the market. This involves deep
analysis and constantly evolving quality methods to make sure your product is consistently
the best. You could be a process analyst, and improve the processes in your factory.
You will be responsible to make sure your products get our the door as efficiently as
possible like all these nice cars being pumped out of this factory.
In logistics, a complex and exciting field, we focus on getting materials from one place
to another. This field is growing quickly. For example, about 10% of the population of
the state of Georgia works in the field of logistics.
You could be a supply chain strategy analyst. You can consult your company on how they can
save money by modifying their supply chain and come up with great ideas. Supply chain
managers save their company an average of $250,000 every year. So what companies recruit
from BYU? Aramark, Boeing, Walmart, Bredero Shaw, C.H. Robinson, Walt Disney, Intermountain
Healthcare, PepsiCo, Schneider National, and Union Pacific among many others. So why should
you choose supply chain management at BYU? First, our program is ranked 14th by the Supply
Chain Management Review (2013). Second, we have world- faculty. Third, you’ll get real-world
experience. And finally, BYU undergraduates earn an average starting salary of $52,000
per year. And that’s why you need to choose supply chain management from Brigham Young