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Effectiveness of Supply Chain and Logistics Process in Indian Sugar Industry: How Effective is this as Compared to International Logistics and Supply Management

Harvard, 16000 Words

Abstract

The sugar industry in India is a largest engineering unit that focuses on continuous sugar production for 24 hours daily during crushing season. It is important for sugar plants to introduce modern supply chain management tools in order to meet current challenges and maintain smooth imports and exports for the products. The focus of this study is to determine the supply chain processes being used in Indian Sugar Industry. The major study objective is to analyze the supply chain processes related to imports and export of Sugar in India.

For research purpose, the researcher has selected four companies in Indian sugar industries to determine the supply chain network in these companies. For some purposes, the name of these organizations has kept confidential. The researcher has selected 100 respondents from these 4 organizations to determine the overview of employees and management over it. The researcher has selected management in these organizations to determine how effectively they handle supply chains and logistics in these regions. The researchers have focused on convenient sampling approach to focus on respondents from these organizations within sugar industry. The researcher has distributed 25 questionnaires in each organization to determine whether the company focuses on effective supply management strategies or not. Almost 69% of the respondents have said that there is need to devise well developed strategies, so that, the product delivery can be improved. This would be effective to improve exports and profitability of the industry in the country.

 

 

Table of Contents

Abstract

Chapter 1: Introduction & Background

1.1 Introduction and Background:

1.2 Rationale to the Topic:

1.3 Problem Statement

1.4 Research Aim and Objectives

1.5 Research methodology

1.6 Research Outline

Chapter 2: Literature Review

2.1 Introduction:

2.2 Supply Chain Management:

2.3 Objective of Organizations and Suppliers:

2.4 Advantages of Effective Supply Chain Management:

2.5 Strategies to Manage SCM and Logistics:

2.6 Supply Chain Management in Indian Sugar Industry

2.7 International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

2.8 How Developing Countries can Improve Supply Chain Management Operations

2.9 Summary

2.10 Literature Gap:

Chapter 3: Research Methodology

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Research Philosophy

3.3 Research Approach

3.4 Research Strategy

3.5 Designing Research Questionnaire:

3.6 Stretch Prospect

3.7 Sampling Process

3.7 Data Analysis

3.8 Restrictions of Information Assemblage Approaches

3.9 Ethical Issues

Chapter 4: Data Analysis and Discussion

4.1 Introduction:

4.2 Demographic Analysis in Indian Sugar Industry

4.3 Questionnaire Analysis in Indian Sugar Industry:

4.4 Statistical Integration in Indian Sugar Industry

Regression Analysis

4.5 Questionnaire Analysis for British Sugar Company

4.3 Questionnaire Analysis in British Sugar Company:

4.5 Data Discussion

Objective 1: Analyzing the supply chain processes related to imports and export in Sugar industries in India

Objective 2: Determining the qualities and drawback of supply chain processes in Sugar industries.

Objective 3: Comparing Indian Sugar Industry supply chain process to international sugar industry supply chain network

Chapter 5: Conclusion

5.1 Summary

5.2 Contribution and Implication

5.3 Recommendations

5.4 Limitations

5.5 Suggestions for Future Research

References

Questionnaire:

 

 

Chapter 1: Introduction & Background

1.1 Introduction and Background:

The major crop in tropics and sub-tropics of India is Sugarcane; this contributes a major role for the development of Indian Economy and also provides employment for the rural youth. The Indian sugar industry is the second largest agro industry, only next to textiles (Bode, 2008). The development related to industrial automation complexity of systems involves focus on reliability of the processes used. This statement is true for process industries, which focus on expansion of specialized equipment’s for environmental considerations (Cao, 2005). The sugar industry in India is a largest engineering unit that focuses on continuous sugar production for 24 hours daily during crushing season (Hill, 2002). It is important for sugar plants to introduce modern supply chain management tools in order to meet current challenges and maintain smooth imports and exports for the products. In order to meet these challenges, the industries also focus on total quality management practices in order to introduce effective supply chain management (Bode, 2008).

Organizations and suppliers are focusing on meeting the demands of customers. It has been discussed that if the companies have strong and effective relationship with suppliers, they will offer them good products at affordable prices. Hence, the company would be able to offer healthy and quality products to the customers (Crain, 2009). It can be said that effective supply relationship management is necessary to improve the relationship with all stakeholders. Supply chain management is key for organizations to make due by dealing with the customers’ asking for and enhancing the better quality things, the reason of achievement of tremendous multinational organizations is their effective logistics and supply chain management (Huan, 2004). Organizations focus on selecting effective suppliers, which give effective and quality things to those. It has been observed that in India, there is a poor relationship management strategy with suppliers; the reason is that, the focus is made only on reduced prices and the quality is compromised. This has influenced upon the quality products and the companies are unable to provide the effective products to the customers (Hill, 2002). The sugar industry has also maintained ineffective relationship with the suppliers, this is the reason; the industry faces delayed products’ delivery from suppliers. This delays the export to international countries and hence the supply management is compromised (Juttner, 2003).