Project Everest

Work Update

Strategic Supply Chains: Optimizing the Network

Sapphire Loebler
Sapphire Loebler | Jan 5, 2018 | in Knowledge Base

Building off the work of the December Team, and Doug’s previous post, this week the January Team has worked to develop a supply chain and process map for the Bin Prototype currently being tested in the Chreav village.

We are looking to understand how we can better utilize the existing actors within the market and those relationships we have already established to optimize the end to end service.

From our Moonshot Thinking exercise earlier this week we have identified a number of questions avenues we’d like to investigate along the supply chain to improve our service prototype. These include:

  • How do the ‘adjays’ operations work? Is there the opportunity to form partnerships and integrate the adjays into our operation removing the competition and increasing supply chain efficiency?
  • What other target markets can we empathize with and test? Can we adapt the learnings from established businesses and replicate similar systems in the village communities?
  • How can we generate a profit from glass bottles? What are the re-purposing opportunities available domestically and within the South East Asian region?


In the attached Supply Chain Map those orange highlighted icons indicate potential opportunities to be explored into the future. Any feedback or thoughts is greatly appreciated. Let us know!



Larissa Steele Jan 5, 2018

Firstly I must say, those diagrams are very impressive! Compliments to whoever was responsible for creating those diagrams.

It is great to see that the team is looking into options such as understanding how adjays operate. If it is beneficial to the business, it would seem ideal to integrate them into the supply chain as you would be able to utilise existing networks and procedures rather than starting from scratch. Alternatively, learning what you can from their operations means you are able to integrate aspects into ERS. Also, by partnering with a potential competitor, it makes it easier to set prices.

It seems to me that perhaps more research needs to be done regarding how each component of the rubbish is to be used/recycled so you can minimise disposal as that is where you are 'losing' money. Again, that would come from research and some moonshot thinking.

Regarding the NGOs operating in the recycling area, IF they are not doing it for profit (so there is no commercial disincentive), maybe ask for their data regarding location, type of waste collected, etc. This might help out in terms of understanding the current landscape and, even if you do not find it viable to partner with them, you are able to utilise primary information and hopefully gather some insights. How other NGOs/governments manage recycling in other countries may also be of interest if you have not looked into that thoroughly (in terms of their supply chain).

In terms of payment, a side idea is having a referral system which provides some sort of discount for the bins. If communities are tight knit, it is easier to have them do the promoting and sharing rather than you guys. Airbnb and dropbox (most notably) used this referral system and it has worked pretty well ( Alternatively, there can be a system based on how much recyclables are collected relative to waste? This might encourage recycling.

Maybe even teaming with specific businesses that use a particular material would help - this would be the reverse to what the Fiji fuel team is doing in regards to collecting refrigerant tanks. Having vendors for specific products e.g. aluminium cans, may add a revenue stream and give you some leeway in terms of pricing. Scale will be an issue initially but still worth look in to now.

For the bins (depending on how big they are and geographic proximity of households in rural areas), would it be easier to have a larger, communal bin for a neighbourhood? This might make it easier in terms of collection as less bins need to be collected i.e. having pick up locations. Providing collection services to local shops, or even having the bins at certain shops e.g. supermarkets, may also make it easier whilst increasing collection revenue. Obviously I am not sure what the population density and this greatly impacts how feasible this idea would be.

Hopefully these thoughts help you in your testing and research. This project is at an exciting stage and I am eager to hear how you go in terms of your findings.

Let me know if you have any questions I can hopefully answer and best of luck Eddie & team!

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