Illustrating Supply Chain presentation

The topic of Supply Chain is pretty complex – with all global or local logistics processes, ensuring just on time delivery and enough stocks in warehouses. Therefore using illustrations to explain it is really handy. Good news is that most SCM processes are easy to visualize.

I present a few examples how you can illustrate a supply chain presentation. Easily and quickly, using only PowerPoint tools.

Even though logistics management may be not a trivial one, it has is one advantage.  It’s literally down to Earth :) . Just compare it to other abstract topics like IT or a law. In logistics, all takes place in a real world, in specific places on a map. And that’s not that hard to visualize.

What supply chain concepts you can illustrate?

Visualizing classical logistics routes on a map

This is easy. Use a map picture in the slide background (put the map object to the very back). Add standard PowerPoint line arrows. Here I used a dot and arrow endings. Illustrate routes with icons and labels to mark the destination places and transport means.


Comment in a visually interesting way

You can add a comment to explain what’s happening in your logistics process. Telling a story is the best way to pass your message.

scm_distribution_europe_map_illustration_diagram_ppt scm_optimizing_distribution_diagram_ppt

Illustrate a schema

An abstract supply chain processes can be nicely illustrated. You can use normal PowerPoint shapes (triangles, arrows) or use more original sketched shapes:

scm_schema_diagram_wip_logistics_reverse_ppt scm_production_push_diagram_ppt

Close with a quote

Adding a quote is a great  way to open or close the presentation. Here’s a citation I like, on the importance of describing processes. And the best way to describe any process is by drawing it.


Take away – illustrate SCM to be understood and remembered.

So if you work in a retail chain or production company and you are about to present your supply chain systems, get inspired by examples above. Replace your text information in your PowerPoint with pictures and maps illustrating your processes. Make it easier to understand, to remember.


Reuse your SCM illustrations

Once you have nice the illustrations, go beyond your slides. Copy the SCM diagrams to your webpage, leaflet or any other publications.

Here’s example of using a Slideshare as another publication channel:

Supply Chain and Logistics collection contains schema diagrams & pictogram icons, all are fully editable in PowerPoint:

Supply Chain and Logistics Set


SCM graphics used in the examples above:

Some more hints to read on this blog, related to presenting supply chain :


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