Have you ever wondered what your peers meant by Supply Chain or Operations, or why either of these fields matter? What about people that work in these roles - what do they actually do? In Operations and Supply Chain Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know these questions will be answered, and more. This practical, yet simple, guide uses a hypothetical company and the consumer product they make, to explain how the various functions within the Supply Chain intertwine and contribute to bring a finished product to life for consumers in the market. You don't need a management background to understand our story of how new demands, changing preferences, and unforeseen circumstances force this fictional company to adapt in order to survive. By posing questions that Supply Chain Operations Manager's face, you will start to think like a Supply Chain Operations professional, whether it be in professional or personal applications. You may not be inspired to make a career shift into these areas or chat Supply Chain topics at the dinner table, however, you will gain an understanding and appreciation for how these activities make everyday products and services at our disposal - and why this is increasingly important for companies to pay attention to.