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Obstacles to Supply Chain Management

The obstacles to good supply chain management are described in the course materials and other resources.

Rank, in order, the following previously listed obstacles from the greatest to the least significant:

more demanding customers
shorter product lifecycles
increase in product type, customization and variety

Justify why you ranked your first and last choices.

Do you see any other obstacles to supply chain management?

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

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First of all, I would like to call them as challenges rather than obstacles. The reason, many a times obstacles may not be crossed, but supply chain challenges can be tackled. Many organizations have shown this. Coming to the four obstacles (I will use the word proposed by your instructor), from my point view their rankings are (I said my point of view because it is based on subjectivity and different for different people)

1. More demanding customers
2. Globalization
3. shorter product life cycle
4. Increase in product type, customization and variety

Although these are ranked and rankings can be independent, I feel these are interrelated. We can indicate any causality but we can definitely say that if one comes others are there.
I will explain the all the rankings ...

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Solution contains ranking of the obstacles to supply chain management and explanation of the ranking. 486 words.