Supply Chain Management
[ Supplier Improvement ]
The Maine MEP works with your suppliers to develop an integrated, virtual, rapid response manufacturing supply chain initiative. We help you to create a "Demand Pull" system; to identify, address, and find solutions for shortages; and to match surge requirements to existing, available industrial capacity.
Remember - "The supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link."
Become a role model Lean customer by making the decisions and following the practices that have a positive effect throughout your enterprise, from internal processes to supplier interactions. Identify your core competencies so logical choices can be made about which resources are needed for your make-buy decisions. Outsourcing involves more than make-buy decisions; it also includes choosing the right suppliers and developing the right supply chain processes, both of which have far-reaching impact on your bottom line. Be sure that your core suppliers and their systems and philosophies are compatible with yours, and that they are at a comparable level of operational excellence. Communication, continuous improvement through training, and an interlocking structure are key components to a successful supply chain model.