Have you considered outsourcing the things you are not best equipped to do?
Another facet of the design of your supply chain is the ‘make or buy’ decision. It may be tempting to try to keep all of the volume in house, but considering the concept of runners, repeaters and strangers, you may not be best equipped to deal with all.
If you have a high volume facility, it may be better to outsource the strangers to a packaging third party who can cope with an unpredictable product and infrequent orders. Alternatively you may want to keep all of the specialist and unusual product in house and outsource the standard and repetitive volume.
Also, considering the overall supply chain design, there may be geographic areas where you want to customise product but don’t have internal facilities available locally. An outsourced partner may be able to provide an appropriate regional hub.
The important consideration is that you don’t have to do everything yourself and external partners may be better suited to solving the challenges you are faced with.
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