Experience and Flexibility Key Ingredients for Successful Supply Chain Network

By Amy Lee | Marketing Director, CSL Group, Inc.


In 1998, Peter Drucker spoke of new management paradigms where “Organizations increasingly find they must rely on effective supply chains, or networks, to compete in the global market and networked economy”. Business relationships extend beyond traditional enterprise boundaries and seek to organize entire business processes throughout a value chain of multiple companies.

In the 21st century, changes in the business environment have contributed to the development of supply chain networks. As an outcome of globalization and the proliferation of multinational companies, joint ventures, strategic alliances and business partnerships have led to innovative business practices such as Just-In-Time (JIT) fulfillment and “Lean Manufacturing”. The development of information technology and the rapid fall of communication costs have created an environment where information can be quickly (and inexpensively) exchanged between members of a supply chain network.

Supply Chain Networks consist of 3 key components – Strategic, Tactical and Operational, and CSL Group, Inc. is uniquely experienced to partner with most clients in all three areas. On the strategic front, CSL can assist with warehousing and distribution facilities. At the tactical level, we can play an integral part in your company’s overall transportation requirements including frequency, routes and contracting. And, at the Operational level, CSL can assist in your inbound and outbound operations, including transportation from suppliers, receiving inventory, warehousing & storage, packaging, and fulfillment activities.

CSL understands the success of any supply chain network is determined by real-time visibility of all network activities. We provide a browser-based Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system so that you can monitor your supply chain from your office computer or a mobile device from your hotel room in China. Our reporting is plain, simple and straightforward – no codes to translate to understand what’s happening with your products.

When CSL becomes a member of your company’s supply chain network we embrace our role as your partner to ensure your corporate privacy, that order fulfillment is performed accurately and quickly, and that costs are contained so you can remain competitive.

Supply chain members should never be judged by the ninety percent of what they do that goes well. Instead, they’re judged by the ten percent of the time when there’s an unusual request, a special accommodation, or a level of flexibility that goes above and beyond what might be normally expected to preserve relationships along the supply chain This is CSL Group Supply Chain and Logistics Services, and we’d like to join your supply chain network.

[Read a short story that explains how one company engaged us for a simple customs broker transaction and over time we became a key member of their supply chain.]