A warehouse process performance evaluation, testing alignment with supply chain performance aspirations : an exploratory study

Harvey, Matthew Kenneth (2020-12)

Thesis (MCom)--Stellenbosch University, 2020.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT : The ever-present need for Supply Chain efficiencies coupled with cost reduction initiatives within a globalised marketplace require businesses to think differently about how they meet every-changing customer demand. This concept has driven this extensive research, to develop an The third and final phase of this research were integrated, and tested the outcomes of the first two phases on a specific case company. Focusing on Warehouse process performance results related to the identified Supply Chain process attribute. Solutions were then identified to combat performance-related problems, to contribute to overall business performance improvement and realign Warehouse operations with overarching Supply Chain performance aspirations, derived from the underlying business strategy. This exploratory case study research led to very successful results, identifying the benefit of metric prioritisation through the integration of Business Strategy, Supply Chain strategic intent and processes, Warehousing operational metrics and the derived level of performance. The results presented in this thesis demonstrate that alignment between Business and Supply Chain strategic aspirations and Warehousing operational performance is possible and can develop positive results related to the company’s identified strategic intent. This combination of existing methodologies could help the case study company to identify what they should be measuring, what the current level of performance is across different Warehouse processes and assist in Root Cause Analysis to understand which problems need to be addressed first. Thereafter, specific solutions can be developed and implemented to improve performance, related to the company’s overall Supply Chain performance aspirations.understanding of all supporting processes and activities that contribute to a business’s Supply Chain on a strategic, tactical and operational level. The goals and critical focus are enhanced productivity, increased bottom-line profits and customer service, through performance management. As a result, the measurement and management of these processes are paramount to their success or failure. This research focuses on the strategic intent of a specific Supply Chain structure, integrating selective strategies and processes, while using Warehousing operational process metrics to isolate possible performance issues, for which specific industry solutions were generated. The problem derived from existing theories and knowledge surrounding Supply Chain processes and Warehousing performance management, is that there is limited evidence of alignment between these two concepts, despite the reliance Supply Chain Management places on Warehousing activities. Therefore, aligning these two concepts from a Supply Chain level down to a Warehouse operational process level, outlines the purpose of this thesis. In order to research, review and isolate possible links between these two concepts, this thesis required a phased research design to systematically derive possible links between Business strategy, Supply Chain strategy and process performance with specific focus on Warehouse processes. The first phase of this research presented the findings of eight empirical case study examples that have been conducted as research assignments through student projects at Stellenbosch University. These empirical studies are based on a longitudinal research design that represents the culmination of three years of research projects within the Logistics Department. The second research phase required an extensive and in-depth literature review of Business strategy, Supply Chain strategy and process frameworks, and Warehousing process frameworks, respectively. The literature review process is structured as a cross-sectional research design which makes use of existing theories and methods to draw conclusions and links between the relevant concepts. The links found in this review process, culminated in a Supply Chain strategy process and Warehouse performance alignment matrix.

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