Supply Chain Strategy

We take an integrated approach to our assignments to ensure that an optimal supply chain is developed and is supported by the appropriate planning and control frameworks.

The supply chain must be designed to meet customer requirements at a cost that is acceptable to the supplier. For many organisations several supply chains are necessary. Different customers and different products require different levels of service and responsiveness – the organisation must meet all these needs. At the extremes a supply chain can either be efficient (low cost) or responsive (excess or more expensive capacity). The optimal supply chain for most organisations is somewhere in between.

We help businesses to identify their needs and design their supply chains accordingly. Sometimes this is with the existing infrastructure, such as increasing the productivity of a production line or throughput of a warehouse, while other solutions might include infrastructure changes.

The over-riding need, however, is always to look at the supply chain as an end-to-end entity, even when the focus for change is in one specific area.

Suppliers

  • Sourcing strategy
  • Supplier management
  • Spend analysis
  • Cost reduction
  • E-procurement

Factories

  • Line scheduling
  • Operational effectiveness & reliability
  • Outsource/toll manufacturing
  • Layout and material flow
  • Cost to serve

Warehouses

  • Stock control
  • Network design
  • Service level certification
  • Operational effectiveness
  • In-house vs outsourcing

Distribution

  • Transport management
  • Routing & scheduling
  • Capacity management
  • Home delivery

Channels

  • Product availability
  • Obsolescence
  • Service level management
  • “Last five yards”
  • Internet and home shopping

Consumer

  • Service level expectations by sector
  • Returns