NY97047 - Nursery Industry Supply Chain Analysis

This 1998 project profiled the efficiency of the garden industry supply chain. The main aim was to identify improvements in the way the industry plans, trades and supplies products and services. The analysis found the garden industry faced a number of challenges. Demand was highly seasonal and within those seasons weather could still be an absolute influence on performance. There was increasing competition for discretionary dollars, changes in industry distribution channels and a diverse range of supply options for what is a fresh product with limited shelf-life. There were low levels of freight consolidation at the retail end and low use of information technologies. When compared to the way other supply chains operate, improvement potential for the garden industry became clear. This final report outlines and ranks five improvement options, with a common technology thread and requiring a collaborative approach. It concludes with guidelines for the working group and next steps.