Understanding USAID’s supply chain based on available data

A paper to be presented by A Iyer and G Berenguer uses the dataset provided in section j9 in this site The data provides delivery costs and flow paths from suppliers to country locations by product, by path (direct from supplier or through warehouses in Singapore and Netherlands) and by delivery mode.  It provides information regarding product consumption, ordering and delivery lead times.  An important question analyzed is alternate ways to operate the supply chain and associated managerial changes to implement these alternatives.  Which of the issues i.e., forecasting, budget availability, lead times and customs clearance times based on mode, worries about shrinkage of inventory would you except to be the dominant issue to manage in the USAID supply chain ? How can one use observed performance by country to generate ideas for improvement across countries ?

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