Effective and Efficient Supply Chain

Effective and Efficient Supply Chain


The management team is preparing to ship the product, for the initial and subsequent shipments to enter the country.  Specific documents must accompany the shipment and an additional set of documents must be prepared in order to clear Canadian customs to be successfully imported into the country.

This critical point in the supply chain either proceeds smoothly or is subject to problems which result in delays, or worse, rejection of the shipment.  If the shipment is delayed or rejected the subsequent time-consuming process to correct the problems to finally secure entry will translate into increased costs and unfulfilled customer requirements.To ensure a smooth entry and avoid problems in importation, the shipping documents and the required customs documentation must be identified and completed – without errors or omissions. Therefore, control of the shipment while in transit, and the customs clearance process entails an exacting attention to detail along with the provision of the all the necessary, correct information.

Once the imported shipment has cleared customs, the potential for problems with the goods received has not ended.  The management team must have a process for ensuring that the product, exactly as ordered and priced, is received at the required location.  This step involves a defined process for checking and ensuring quality before acceptance and inclusion in the company’s inventory.

Please Note: The steps to be outlined, MUST be related to the specific shipment you are importing and the warehouse YOU are working out of. They should NOT be ‘generic’ in nature. Example: The process should Not include an automatic ‘picking system’ if you are not using that system. Describe what YOU will be doing.

The management team should draw on their knowledge and skills that have been learned and practiced in their previous Supply Chain Management courses.  Students are therefore responsible for reviewing the previously studied course work, text books, and material as required to address all the Capstone specifications.

Project 3 Specifications:

To create and execute an effective and efficient supply chain, which ensures successful entry and receipt of the imported product, the management team is required to undertake the following tasks in a detailed report:

1. Research and prepare a list of all of the ‘shipping’ documents required to accompany your shipment(s) for all of the modes of transport involved.                                                                                                               

2. Complete each document as described above to meet the needs of all parties involved in the shipment.  (30 marks)    

3. Research and prepare a list of all the ‘customs’ documentation required by Canada Border Services, and other related agencies of the Canadian government, required for the successful importation of the product/shipment into Canada. NOTE: This list will be submitted to your instructor by the deadline outlined in the syllabus.  The list of documentation must be verified as “complete” by the instructor prior to proceeding on to step 4 below.

4. Complete each document for entry and acceptance by customs. The management team is required to research and provide the complete and correct set of information required in each document along with the correct classification and coding required for each customs document. (40 marks)5. Outline your company’s procedures, in detail, for the receipt of the imported product at the company’s location.  Do Not use ‘generic’ procedures. The management team should identify the internal methods and documentation that are used to ensure the expected quantity and quality of the shipment is received at your location. Note: the procedure may vary based on the product imported.                      (20 marks)

 6. Explain the company’s process and technology (i.e. unique to your company) used in handling the product upon receipt. The management team must also describe and explain the storage/warehouse and inventory systems used for the efficient management and retrieval of the inventory when required for sale. How the company will address any issues that may arise with the inventory storage and handling should also be identified and explained.        NOTE: this part of the report MUST be specific to your operation. IF you submit information that is ‘generic’ in nature, and not related to your product and/or industry marks WILL BE deducted.         (30 marks)

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