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The Global Supply Chain


Manufactured items go through three stages of production that take place at different locations around the world: primary, secondary, and tertiary.


  1. Primary- Extracting the raw materials e.g. farming, mining, fishing, and forestry.

  2. Secondary- Turning raw materials into other products (processing/manufacturing stage) e.g. wood into furniture, tin into mobile phones, fish into fish fingers. 

  3. Tertiary- Services as provided to businesses (shops selling the brand) and other customers. The distribution to retailers around the globe falls into this sector. 


Your task: Read the cards below, then either colour the primary stages red, secondary orange, and tertiary green or write them out into a table.


Once you have finished, research primary, secondary and tertiary locations around the world. Make a poster or information leaflet.