Global Supply Chain Management: Best Practices at Li & Fung Limited

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Global Supply Chain
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1996-2004
Organization : Li and Fung
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Hong Kong, US, Europe
Industry : Trading, FMCG


The case discusses the global supply chain management practices of Hong Kong based Li & Fung Limited, a global consumer goods export trading giant.

It examines how Li & Fung has positioned itself as a global supply chain manager, describing its supply chain management strategy including the dispersed manufacturing technique and its global supplier network.

The case also describes how Li & Fung is using the Internet as a tool to make supply chains more transparent.


Study the importance of efficient supply chain management for a global company

Understand how a regional trading company used its core advantage (its vast sourcing knowledge and network) to become a global supply chain manager, providing global economies of scale and scope to its customers

Examine the role of IT and the Internet in supply chain management of global companies

Understand how process innovation, differentiation and customization can be used as strategic and competitive advantages by a company, to maintain its leadership in the domestic market, and emerge as a global player


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
The Global Supply Chain Manager 4
Leveraging the Internet 6
Looking Ahead 4
Exhibits 7


Case, Li & Fung, Global SCM, Dispersed Manufacturing, Global Supplier Network, SCM Strategy, Supply Chain Manager, Supplier Relationships, Internet-enabled Supply Chain, B2B Initiatives, Knowledge Sharing and Code of Conduct for Suppliers

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