Barriers and Enablers to Achieving Supply Chain Integration

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Farah Lalani
Muhammad Khan Malik


Supply chain integration is a completely new framework being adopted by many companies. It has proved to be a far more efficient way of doing business. Customer is given the deserved position and he/she initiates the whole process. Moreover, wastage of inventory and time may also be significantly reduced by adopting this system. Organizations depend on 3 driving factors; people, process and technology. In order to attain supply chain integration a company has to work in all three areas. Since, it is characterized by partnership it requires strong collaboration and hence trusts, openness and sharing are some of the highlighted enablers of this process. A coin always has two sides. With enablers we also come across some barriers that hamper the supply chain integration, which are again related to systems (technology), problems with managers (people) and business processes. Despite all the barriers, company should keep in mind the long term benefits. The advantages may not seem quantifiable at the moment but in long run they’ll pay off really well. E-business—supply chain integration have been frequently supported by execution of internet based models for both front and back end. It has made businesses globally active and now they can operate easily across their web of partners in entire world. Businesses have become more aware and take minimum possible time in responding to customer demands. This paper discusses the enablers and barriers and their impact on supply chain integration. By following the models of e-business, business can enjoy low costs, increased efficiency and faster response time

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