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Improving supply chain competitiveness through the application of technology : a case study on a routing and scheduling system

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. J. Walters en
dc.contributor.author Hollander, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-25T06:28:29Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-25T06:28:29Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-25T06:28:29Z
dc.date.submitted 2008-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3443
dc.description M.Comm. en
dc.description.abstract In the last hundred years there has been a technological revolution that has forced people to change the way they live and run their organisations. This technological revolution has had a major impact on the business world. Coyle, Bardi and Langley (2003; 57) have suggested that “the rate of change has accelerated with consequent negative impacts if organisations do not change.” With today’s emphasis on cutting costs, streamlining expenses while at the same time trying to offer a competitive edge with regard to customer service, many organisations are looking to improve their bottom line and financial performance by implementing new technology into their supply chains. A popular way for organisations to speedily reap the benefits of having a more competent and competitive, technology-enabled supply chain, is by outsourcing their supply chain needs to a third party logistics organisations. The Star newspaper reported that, according to Brett Bowes, inefficiencies in the supply chain meant that fast-moving consumer goods manufacturers and retailers were losing R7 billion every year (The Star, 16 March 2007; 2). Although there are many auxiliary benefits and advantages of implementing software systems into the supply chain, the two critical benefits which justify the expense are reduced costs and improved customer service. Implementing technology is a costly, challenging and sometimes risky endeavor. This often results in an unwillingness to change until these organisations outgrow their systems, or the business environment becomes so complex, that they are forced to implement new technology. This hesitancy to introduce new technology timeously could hamper the progress and growth of these organisations, and could also affect their competitiveness in a highly competitive environment. The purpose of this case study is to compare the benefits achieved from existing older technology to new technology, based on a routing and scheduling case study in a large 3PL organisation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Business logistics en
dc.subject Technological innovation en
dc.subject Business logistics management en
dc.subject Business logistics planning en
dc.subject Competition en
dc.title Improving supply chain competitiveness through the application of technology : a case study on a routing and scheduling system en
dc.type Thesis en

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