This is a key aspect of new product development today. The supply chain has shifted greatly toward a more technological approach with new advances in hand held devises such as PDAs for deliveries as well as orders within a supply chain. The ordering of goods can be done quickly and efficiently on-line, whether it be by an everyday consumer or even a big delivery by a multinational company. Also, all paperwork from the orders does not need to be on paper; it can simply be held safely on a disk and stored efficiently. The most important this about the supply chain is that it is timely and efficient. This has begun with the removal of paper from the system but has still a long way to go. And so, advances continue to be made toward this with a supply chain.
Here we can see the general overview of the supply chain process. Efficient Supply Chain managment systems will be needed here to make this system work as quickly as possible whicle getting the job done correctly. Advances have been made by companies such as Inditex and IBM to make their SCM extremely organised.
Link to IBM supply chain solution.
Here we can see just how many links their may be in order to make a supply chain work.