The purpose of this activity is to get the students to think about the economic, financial and social implications of changing the supply chain process, and the separate stakeholders involved in (and impacted by) the decisions made throughout the supply chain. Gathering and exchanging information carefully is crucial. Using, by way of example, a sample list of 50 Marks & Spencer products this activity explores how (and why) Marks & Spencer imports products into the UK from all over the world. Working in four teams pupils consider:
  • 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?