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What JanSan/supply chain buzzwords have you baffled?

May 29, 2014
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TUSCALOOSA, AL — There are many terms used in the professional cleaning and supply chain industries that are often misunderstood or not understood at all.

Because of this,  AFFLINK, a leader in professional supply chain management for more than 35 years, offers the following "Terms Challenge" quiz designed specifically to help demystify some of these terms for cleaning and supply chain professionals.

Take the quiz and check your answers below.

In supply chain management, the term "cold chain" refers to:

  1. An uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities
  2. A temperature-controlled supply chain
  3. Distribution of products within a given temperature range
  4. All of the above

When a distributor is involved in "client discovery," she is:

  1. Looking for clients in a specific industry sector
  2. Consulting with clients to understand their product needs
  3. Practicing a form of cold call marketing
  4. Inviting current and perspective clients to a networking event

If the distributor says the "cost of possession" is $100, this means:

  1. The product costs $100
  2. The term refers to an inventory tax found in some states
  3. The total cost of ownership of the product
  4. Both the cost of the product and related taxes

The acronym "MRO" refers to:

  1. Manpower, Rates, and Operations
  2. Materials, Repairs, and [product] Offerings
  3. Maintenance, Repair, and Operation
  4. Materials, Returns, and Obsolescence

One of the first things a distributor may perform with a new client is a site needs analysis (SNA). What is a SNA?

  1. An evaluation of a customer's product needs and challenges
  2. A way of delivering value added solutions to a client
  3. A look at an organization's practices and process when it comes to facility operations
  4. All of the above

"Work loading" refers to which of the following?

  1. An analysis of who does what work when in the distribution channel
  2. A form of "group cleaning" often taught by facility maintenance distributors
  3. An analysis of the total amount of time it takes to complete tasks efficiently and cost effectively
  4. A needs assessment for the client, indicating what cleaning tasks need to be performed and when
  5. For more information, visit the AFFLINK Glossary of Terms on the AFFLINK Website

 


ANSWERS:

4. All of the above

2. Consulting with clients to understand their product needs

3. The total cost of ownership of the product

3. Maintenance, Repair, and Operation

4. All of the above

3. An analysis of the total amount of time it takes to complete tasks efficiently and cost effectively

 

 AFFLINK (www.afflink.com) is the global leader in supply chain optimization, providing clients with innovative process and procurement solutions to drive efficiencies in today's leading businesses.   The eLev8 system helps organizations uncover never-before-seen opportunities and quantify their value to enhance their overall image, promote a healthy workplace, decrease total costs, increase productivity, and satisfy Green and sustainable objectives.

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