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A visual breakdown of the supply chain process [Infographic]

Have you ever wondered where your toothpaste comes from? For you, it’s as easy as dropping it in the shopping cart. But toothpaste — along with everything else at your favorite stores — goes through many phases before it ends up on the shelf. From sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution, this supply chain process involves a lot of steps and workers.

The supply chain is an intricate network of moving parts. At times, it can seem like a never-ending progression from one phase of development or distribution to the next. But this industry is one of the most sophisticated in the world.

To help you get a better sense of how the process works, we’ve created this helpful supply chain infographic. It helps illustrate the major stages along with some careers that fall under each one. You’ll soon see that something as simple as getting toothpaste to its final destination relies on a complex field that’s filled with employment opportunities.

Exploring the major phases in the supply chain process

Depending on the specific needs of a given product, the size and complexity of its supply chain will vary. Sometimes one person can manage the entire process. In other cases, a robust team is required to manage each phase. In this infographic, you’ll see six major stages typical of most supply chains.

Explore the logistics behind business 

Now that you know a little bit more about the supply chain process, you can probably see how important it is. It fuels our economy, helping to deliver everything from toothpaste to computer chips. The supply chain helps us get our hands on the products we need.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of this thriving industry, you might want to think about amplifying your supply chain management knowledge and expertise. A degree in the field can teach you all the ins and outs you’ll need to succeed as a supply chain professional. Some programs even allow you to complete your studies in an online, self-paced environment.

To learn more about what you can expect from a degree designed for busy professionals like you, check out University of Massachusetts Global’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management & Logistics self-paced program.



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