Interactive Flow Chart Captures Global Supply-Chain Management in a Nutshell

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (Arlington, Va., RILA) has posted a new interactive flow chart, "From Factory to Shelf: Navigating the Global Supply Chain," on its website ( It includes a glossary of supply chain terms that was designed to help the public, policymakers and the media better understand the processes and security measures in place to protect U.S. maritime cargo.

"We hope the chart and glossary will help provide those participating in and observing the port security debate in Washington with a better understanding of the way the supply chain system works," said Al Thompson, RILA’s vice president of global supply chain policy. "The debate on port and supply chain security often involves numerous acronyms and jargon. We posted the chart and glossary to give a simple overview of the various steps in the maritime cargo supply chain, and the security procedures now in place."

The interactive chart provides users with a step-by-step explanation of the supply chain security processes and procedures from the purchase order to the final destination. By clicking each image, the user receives an explanation of each step made along the supply chain.

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