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Impact of Canada’s culture and practices on distribution and supply chain management on the negotiation process

Companies that adopt innovative and best practices for distribution and supply chain management enjoy a higher organizational performance level than others that do not. As such, it is vital to evaluate the nature of such practices and determine the extent to which companies in Canada use these practices. There are various proposals of supply chain management best practices. When it comes to determining their impact on the negotiation process, the objective is not to formulate an exhaustive list of such nomenclatures; rather, it is to provide an overview of the core practices that in the organization’s perspective have garnered fairly wide consensus. Examples of such distribution and supply chain management best practices are cooperation between supply chain partners, the utilization of various supply chain management technologies, approaches for assessing and improving performance and outsourcing of logistic services.

There is also increasing concern regarding sustainable development and environmental conservation in the society. Canada’s highest producer of greenhouse gases is its transportation sector. Based on this understanding, logistics can enhance sustainable development by formulating supply chains that decrease transportation needs. It is also advantageous for companies to design environmentally friendly products and processes. Since numerous companies in Canada have environmental certification, they fit the desired partners for distribution and supply chain management that the organization seeks in the negotiation process.

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Contemporary supply chains are intricate structures that facilitate competition, innovation and growth in emerging technologies, industries and sectors. There are certain key areas that should be addressed in the negotiation process involving the organization and its potential distribution and supply chain management partner in Canada including:

  • Warehousing and Inventory: The standards and regulations in inventory and warehousing between jurisdictions in Canada should make it easy for companies to sell their products to retailers and customers all over the country.
  • Technology: As a tool, technology in Canada and companies in Canada should increase cooperation and coordination while also facilitating greater inter-jurisdictional trade.
  • Labor Mobility: Albeit provisions relating to labor mobility pursuant to the Agreement on Internal Trade have fostered the mobility of workers across Canada, it should also do the same for company products and services.
  • Transportation: The regulatory obstacles experienced by the transportation sector influence businesses of all sizes and in different sectors. The organization needs to ensure that territories and provinces cooperate to address the various regulations on legal truck dimensions and weights before embarking on a distribution and supply chain management partnership.
  • Environment: Companies that use “green” or environmental friendly assembly and distribution methods are ideal at a time when climate change is grave issue in the society that companies seek to address.Impact of Canada’s culture and practices on distribution and supply chain management on the negotiation process