Logistics Software: Supply Chain Manager
What is Supply Chain Manager?
Supply Chain Manager provides logistics and health program managers
with two useful tools in one software package: one module supports
inventory tracking, the other supports delivery planning. Supply
Chain Manager tracks the level and flow of commodities from central
warehouses to service delivery points (SDP). Supply Chain Manager can
help managers improve decisions on distribution, procurement, and
policy. Once implemented, the system assists managers in maintaining
acceptable stock levels at all SDPs and storage facilities. This, in
turn, helps them achieve the six rights of logistics management - to
provide the right product, in the right quantities, in the right con-
dition, delivered to the right place, at the right time, for the
About Supply Chain Manager
By using Supply Chain Manager to gather and process a programs logis-
tics data, managers are better able to ensure an effective, effi-
cient, and continuous supply of commodities to clients. Supply Chain
Managers two modules can be used individually as stand-alone features
or applied simultaneously.
The Inventory modules reports and graphs provide information about:
* Supply status and distribution of stocks at each SDP and storage
* Facilities that are stocked out, overstocked, or understocked
* Quantities of products dispensed to user
* Trends in commodity consumption for program evaluation and procure-
* Service statistics, such as new and continuing users
* Couple years of protection (CYP), calculated for family planning
* Percentage of facilities reporting
* Names and locations of non-reporting facilities
The Distribution Resource Planning module (DRP) helps manage the fol-
lowing distribution functions:
* stock assessments
* route planning
* vehicle allocation
* load building
* transport personnel assignments.
Who will benefit by using Supply Chain Manager?
Potential clients for Supply Chain Manager include managers and other
logistics professionals who oversee the distribution of commodities
and who have the technical capacity to implement an automated system.
What are Supply Chain Manager's recommended minimum system require-
The minimum recommended hardware and software to use Supply Chain
Pentium II class CPU or higher
32 MB of RAM
100 MB of available hard disk space
VGA video adapter with 800 x 600 resolution
8 ppm laser printer
Microsoft Access 97
Supply Chain Manager can be used by anyone with the ability to use a
PC mouse and who has a basic understanding of Windows 95/98/NT.
More about Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Manager was developed by USAID, through the Family Plan-
ning Logistics Management (FPLM) project. Supply Chain Manager and
its accompanying documentation are part of a technical assistance
package, which includes system set-up and assistance in identifying
local technical resources. More information can be obtained from:
Information Systems Manager
Family Planning Logistics Management Project
John Snow, Inc.
1616 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
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1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20523, USA
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