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hen I was working as a junior storeman straight out of school (I won’t tell you how
long ago that was, but let’s just say that Alan Bond was still only saving up for his
yacht), supply chain management was a relatively simple matter and mainly involved
Turn the calendar forward a few years (all right, decades), and supply chain management has
become very much influenced by technology, mechanisation, and automation.
With that, of course, comes the blurring of the boundary between suppliers and warehouse/DC
operators. Whilst in the old days a warehouse manager would just buy a forklift ‘off the shelf’, put his
(yes, it was mostly a he, not a she) best forkie on it, and run it into the ground until the purchase of
a new one was warranted, today’s warehouse and supply chain managers (many of whom are now
female) are much more interested in forming a partnership with their suppliers, whether it be fork-
lifts, racking, or other warehouse equipment.
“Why is that so?” I hear the old professor ask. Two reasons, one may well be that materials
handling equipment such as forklifts, sortation systems, and order picking equipment these days are
so complex, so technical, that they are best left to the supplier (who would no doubt be experts) to
program/maintain/repair, and the second, that warehouse/order fulfilment/supply thinking has shifted
from a process-oriented one to being results-oriented.
Our cover story about Toyota Material Handling is a very good case in point: on the four pages
inside this issue, you don’t read a word about how good the product is (which is very good); rather,
the article is about what masses of support Toyota puts behind its products to ensure that the part-
nership is established and maintained.
And the same goes for all the other suppliers featured in our materials handling special in this
issue – complex, yes, sophisticated, yes, and supported in a partnership between supplier and
customer, the warehouse/DC operator.
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