Seagate Technology commonly referred to Seagate is an American-founded company that deals with the aspect of data storage. Seagate technology company was established in the year 1978 as Shugart Technology and since the year 2010, the company has been set up in several states such as Dublin and Ireland with their operational headquarters base in Cupertino, California in the United States (Trkman et al. 2007). This paper will base its discussion on Seagate technology’s logistics and supply chain management.
A supply chain is the network of distributors, suppliers, and subcontractors used by aa manufacturer to source its supplies, raw materials and components. Seagate Technology company is fully focused on improving the effectiveness of the entire supply chain to meet the needs of their customers need while adapting to global logistics changes and the macroeconomy (Fettke, 2007). From supply chain management we get that Seagate technology company is focused on metrics to inform and streamline business operations including developed supplier risk database which is benchmarked by customers or rather clients and industry leaders to gauge supplier health. Also, in the sector of chain supply, we also note that the company has enhanced inventory, sales, planning process and operations that assured better customer demands (Fettke, 2007).
Seagate Technology has also been noted to be amongst the best businesses that do well in the sector of supply chain management. From the 2015 supply chains to admire we find it taking position six out of the gauged companies, its success has been achieved through product designing for manufacturing and chasing low-cost labor in manufacturing and supply chain. Considering these aspects, we see Seagate technology getting to the top globally leading to the accrual of much profit which is the primary objective of all companies or rather enterprises(Fettke, 2007).
On the other hand, logistics refers to the storage, transportation, and distribution of supplies working in progress with the supply chain in the distribution of finished goods to intermediaries or customers. From the aspect of logistics management in Seagate technology company, we find that the business work with its logistics partner hand in hand for the assurance that the same security requirements taken into account for the outbound freight apply to reverse logistics (Trkman et al. 2007). The company that is Seagate holds a monthly security-centric review with all of their partners and does leverage on the leanings between two supply chains to ensure any best practices identified are put into practice regardless of their origin(Khiang et al. 2004).
Additionally, we find that the company finds it critical in partnering with logistics providers having both commitment and capability to supply-chain excellence to ensure that the overall supply chain that is outbound and reverse is subject to best practices globally and benefits from leading-edge technologies including advanced RFID and GPS utilization(Khiang et al. 2004).
From the discussion above we get to understand much on the aspect of chain supply and logistics management in a broader perspective. Seagate being a logistics company we find the company taking much interest in the aspect of chain supply and logistics management. As we can see from the discussion Seagate has made significant improvements in the global market especially in the supply chain sector in that we find it ranked at number six out of the competitive companies. Lastly, we find that Seagate technology company is fully focused on chasing low labor cost that aids in meeting the needs of the customers.
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