Logistics and Supply Chain Considerations for Tesco Term Paper by Nicky

Logistics and Supply Chain Considerations for Tesco
An overview of the supply chain strategic-level challenges for Tesco in its expansion into the western United States.
# 149356 | 1,817 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 11, 2011 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management) , Business (Business Plans)

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The paper discusses how Tesco must translate the efficiencies learned from operating in Europe into the much broader and more diverse supply chains they will have to create, maintain and optimize over time in the western United States. The paper aims to provide guidance to Tesco in their transition from supply chains that have shorter timeframes of execution and many more suppliers to much more complex supply chains with potentially longer order, fulfillment and service cycles. The paper addresses the need for a demand driven supply network that is customer-driven and is based on analyzing specific market characteristics and ethnographically-based data. The paper further explains how Tesco will need to create a much more collaborative supply chain and will have to refine and then automate these collaborative processes. The paper asserts that all of these factors will contribute to greater levels of supply chain performance in addition to higher levels of customer satisfaction.

Tesco's Demand Driven Journey needs to be the Catalyst of Change
Fine Tuning and Automating the Tesco Demand Driven Supply Network
Creating a Collaborative Supply Chain
Tesco Needs to Refine then Automate Collaborative Processes

From the Paper:

"The need for a demand driven supply network is accentuated by the fact that the customer, not the supplier or the internal measure of performance of the supplier network, need to be at the center of the supply chain planning and execution efforts (Jones, Clarke, 2002). To create a demand driven supply chain is to create one that is customer-driven. Once this is achieved, the use of specific metrics including the perfect order (Columbus, 2008) can be used to measure how effective the supply chain is in meeting customer demand over time. The perfect order is a useful metric in this regard as it measures delivering the requested product on the requested date to the customer who has ordered or purchased it. Given the fact that Tesco is one of the global leaders of grocery retailing globally (Child, 2002) they are familiar with metrics that measure their own efficiency at supply chain coordination and optimization, and the role of supply chain process improvement in meeting and exceeding customers' expectations over time. This is a critically important set of metrics for the company moving forward into new global markets, as it capitalizes on the company's strength and expertise in dashboards (Todd, 2008) while also transforming their global expertise in supply chain performance into specific, unique and highly differentiated conditions at the local western U.S. level."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrett, J.. (2007, November). Demand-Driven is an Operational Strategy. Industrial Management, 49(6), 14-19,5.
  • Peter N Child. (2002). Taking Tesco global. The McKinsey Quarterly,(3), 134-144.
  • Columbus, L (2008, June). The Perfect Order Meets Customer Expectations. Supply & Demand Chain Executive, 9(4), 37-38.
  • Desjardins, D.. (2007, November). In U.S. debut, Tesco makes Easy work of 'Fresh' openings. Retailing Today, 46(17), 3,57.
  • Jeffrey H Dyer, & Kentaro Nobeoka. (2000). Creating and managing a high-performance knowledge-sharing network: The Toyota case. Strategic Management Journal: Special Issue: Strategic Networks, 21(3), 345-367.

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