Commercial electricity supply chain management practices in kenya
Supply Chain Management (SCM) has emerged to be one of the areas of enhancing efficiency in an organization. According to Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the increasing operational complexities within the electric subsector, delays in electricity connection and disruption in power supply, higher manpower costs owing to higher living costs and growing pressure from customers have led to the electric power utilities‟ growing awareness of the impact that an efficient supply chain can have on business sustainability. The purposes of this study was to establish the commercial electricity SCM practices in Kenya and whether the adopted practices exhibits SCM best practices relevant to these utilities . This study focused on the most significant SCM practices that affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole electricity supply chain. This study adapted a descriptive research design. The study targeted at all power firms involved in generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for commercial purposes as these firms were considered to be the principal players in the commercial electricity supply chain. The researcher used questionnaires to gather primary data to describe some of the SCM practices in the commercial electricity power utilities. This is because a descriptive design is a description of state of affairs as it exists at present. Descriptive statistical analysis was done. The study concluded that there are a number of SCM practices adopted by the commercial electricity utilities in Kenya and to a large extent the adopted practices are in line with the best practices as prescribed using Supply Chain Maturity model. Recommendations for improvements in each functional area were also made. It was further suggested that a similar research may be conducted in other sectors of industry such as manufacturing or agriculture.