Case Study: DEVELOPING A Network Of SUPPLIERS For A New Plant In The Food Industry

Explore how we established a robust supplier network for a new food plant, ensuring reliable sourcing and smooth operations.
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Cristyn Narciso
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I found this course very informative and easy to understand. I am just getting started in working with supply chains/manufacturing and enjoyed this free course.
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Very basic but yet an effective course. An easy explanation of different processes of a Supply Chain. The mentor has explained everything through pictures and flow charts which made it easy to understand. He has also provided the slides used in the course for later reference. Good for anyone who is new to the Supply Cain. I really wish him to create a more detailed and advanced course.
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Client Requirements

Our client, with locations in both Canada and the United States of America, required sourcing for more than 70 items to support their new vertical farming plants. The items had to meet specific requirements, including quality, cost, and availability.

Moreover, the client was also looking for a reliable and cost-effective supply chain solution to ensure the successful delivery of the items in a timely manner.

To meet the needs of the client, we conducted a comprehensive assessment of the available options and presented an evaluation report detailing the recommended solutions.

Our Methodology

The methodology we use to find the right manufacturer/supplier is the following:

Product specifications

We have built a comprehensive list of the client’s product specifications, including detailed descriptions, dimensions, materials specifications, regulatory compliance codes, BOMs, mockups, pictures, videos, frequencies, and volumes required for delivery, lead times, MOQ, price per unit, exchange rates, insurance, and incoterms.

All of these specifications have been thoroughly examined and verified to ensure accuracy and compliance with the client’s requirements. We have also taken into account any changes in the specifications that may have been requested by the client and have adjusted the list accordingly.

Furthermore, we have cross-referenced the list with applicable industry and government standards to ensure that the product meets all applicable regulations.

Suppliers Research

We conducted extensive research into the specific industry to identify the leading producers, boutique suppliers, and mass manufacturers. We utilized a variety of data sources, including industry reports, market research, and interviews with industry experts and stakeholders.

Our investigations uncovered a variety of producers, ranging from global corporations to small, family-run businesses. We also identified a number of boutique suppliers and mass manufacturers, each of which operates with a distinct business model and provides a unique set of goods and services.

Our research enabled us to create a comprehensive overview of the entire industry, allowing us to identify the most promising opportunities.

The Outcomes

Product Compliance

We provided a comprehensive list of fully compliant suppliers/manufacturers to our clients, which included a detailed breakdown of all item prices and delivery methods. All suppliers were verified for legal and safety compliance, and we took great care to ensure that each item was priced fairly and accurately.

Delivery methods were also carefully examined, and the best and most cost-effective methods were chosen for each item. This list of suppliers, prices, and delivery methods was instrumental in allowing our clients to make informed decisions and purchase supplies for their projects quickly and efficiently.

Vendors selection

We have successfully delivered a filtered list of regional suppliers per item to both Canada and the United States. It was a comprehensive matrix of all suppliers tailored to the specific requirements of the project.

The matrix was provided in the convenient Google Spreadsheet format, making it easy to access, update and work with. This matrix provided a comprehensive overview of all suppliers and their associated information, allowing for easy comparison and analysis.

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