- Why are different sourcing regions helpful to Marks & Spencer?
- What kinds of problems can impact on supply chains in these regions?
- How can such supply chain problems be resolved?
- What are the benefits to Marks & Spencer and the difficulties Marks & Spencer must overcome when sourcing different clothes from all over the world?
The ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of Global Supply Chains
Sponsor: Marks & Spencer
Key Stage(s): KS4, KS5
Subject(s): Business, Economics, Enterprise Education, Geography, Maths, Personal & Thinking Skills, Problem Solving
Objectives: To apply problem solving skills.
To develop an understanding of global supply chains.
To raise awareness of issues that can occur in supply chains and how best these can be rectified.
To demonstrate critical thinking regarding cultural, economic, environmental and social issues and how these may apply to supply chains.
To experience working as part of a small team.
Duration: 30-45 minutes
In brief: An ‘information exchange’ exercise that introduces the Marks & Spencer supply chain and where products are sourced from. Discussion will include transport methods, issues which arise with supply chains and the benefits and difficulties of international trade.