A Background and history on Monsanto Company, with product lines and products produced by them, along with the industry the organization currently operates in.
Monsanto Vegetable Seeds is the world’s largest seed producer. The organization founded in 1901 with a chemical product Saccharin that has evolved over the past hundred plus years (Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, n.d.). The organization, always innovative has found itself in various businesses such as plastics, turf, pharmaceuticals, food, and most recently 100% dedicated to agriculture. A cast organization such as Monsanto has many facets; however, this paper will focus on the vegetable seed division (MVS) within Monsanto. In 2005 the firm primarily focused on corn, cotton and soybean seeds and entered into an entirely new domain of vegetable seed. While its previous product lines were primarily produced, distributed and sold in a relatively small radius, vegetable seeds embarked the firm on a complete new way to manage a supply chain whereas the products may be produced in Asia, cleaned in the U.S. and sold in Europe (M. Secrest, personal communication, June 20, 2011).
Cover the issues involved with supply chain management such as placement of supply chain management within the organization and the relationship supply management holds with other departments, with an overview of management efforts in supply chain management.
Monsanto Vegetable Seeds has placed the supply chain organization within global manufacturing and supply chain. The of this group reports directly to the President of the division and the organization is about 1,000 employees strong. The supply chain heads are paired with their commercial counterparts and their marketing counterparts. This is handled in this manner to avoid the supply chain being forced to react to unrealistic demands and the demands that sales representatives cost the firm in excess of the sale.
Produce an overview supply of management’s role in development and what processes are involved in the production or removal of a product and how quality is maintained by the organization, while covering the new product development process.
The product development process is managed by the marketing teams, yet a supply chain employee is a member of all advancement teams and no product can be brought to the market without the sign off of the marketing department. This is to ensure that the product can be produced consistently at a desired cost and more importantly the desired quality. If a product is determined unstable after a few trial cycle’s it will be phased out and will never be commercialized. MVS has realized the importance of have a cross functional team and their involvement as they are all needed for the development process (Burt, Petcavage, & Pinkerton, 2010).
Show an analysis of how the organization can purchase capital equipment and services they need. Included in this should be services, the process of procurement, and when the...