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LINCS Supply Chain Management: You Got This

LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, Coordinating Supplies) is a national supply
chain management education and certification program. Funded by a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, this program is administered by a consortium of 12 educational institutions.

(Photo caption: “Call it a problem of supply and demand.  With global operations becoming more complex, companies in manufacturing, retail and technology…are scrambling to hire people with supply chain expertise.  But these experts are hard to come by.” (Wall Street Journal, 6/5/13))



All of us are “supply chain managers” at some point.  Have you ever been in charge of a community event?  If so, you needed to pull together things like tables and chairs, food, invitations, and clean up duties.  Maybe your hobby is restoring antique furniture.  To achieve this, you must identify and source the materials that were originally used, locate original components, identify the cheapest and quickest way to acquire these materials, trouble-shoot and problem-solve when you can’t find a specific part, and keep it all within a reasonable budget. 

Think about your hobbies, your community involvement, or perhaps the responsibilities you’ve had in your work.  You’ve probably used many of the skills needed to be successful in supply chain management:

  • Problem-solving
  • Project management
  • Understanding how to ‘source’ materials and services  .
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • Budgeting
  • Communication

Whether you order a product, build it, move it, ship it, distribute it, or
manage the coordination processes, you’re in supply chain management.