Supply Chain Strategy: What is it and how can we help?
Optimising the supply chain strategy needs a “holistic” approach if it is to succeed. It means being able to consider a wider scope. It’s not enough to just consider transport and warehousing.
We also need to look at sourcing, the route to market, demand and inventory planning and order to cash processes. So this requires a wide range of expertise across many sectors, and at Bisham Consulting, we provide exactly that. Each one of our team of consultants has direct experience in a particular sector. This means you get the most effective time and money saving solutions in the shortest possible time.
Getting fast results and measurable improvements.
A few questions at the start of the initiative will help establish potential gains:
- Does your current supply chain support your general business objectives or is it inhibiting your performance?
- Will your future needs require changes to existing supply chain or the establishment of new ones
- Is there waste and poor efficiency in the existing system which can be easily reduced to improve financial returns?
- Factors we will look at include:
- excessive or inappropriate inventory.
- poor service levels inhibiting sales growth.
- Badly applied transport spends.
- Poor use of either labour & resources.
- Poor physical infrastructure, (wrong size, place).
- lack of innovation or use of latest technologies.
Supply Chain Strategy: It’s what we do.
- Supply Chain Processes Review
- End to end process mapping and reviews are very important to us. We look at supply chain metrics and KPIs to ensure a fast improvement in your performance.
- Value Stream mapping will quickly improve your performance.
- AS-IS state diagnostics.
- Supply Chain Design & Modelling
- Supply Chain set-up options, applied generally or to specific workflows.
- The results from inventory and network modelling will be quickly applied to deliver almost instant results.
- Cost and Service level trade-offs.
- Sourcing analysis based on the total cost of supply.
- Reducing lead time.
- Inventory Management & Demand Planning Improvements
- Demand forecast review & demand management analysis
- Inventory analysis and inventory accuracy play a major part.
- Inventory level improvements will immediately improve your cash flow.
- Supply Chain Operations: Network Improvements
- Review Strategic Delivery Plans for existing own-fleet operations.
- Physical Infrastructure Review and Potential Rationalisation.
- General “what-if” Scenario Modelling will quickly identify weak points.
- Strategy Formulation and Business Strategy
- Structured workshops to capture current gaps and features that will be required in the future supply chain.
- Fast introduction of all the modelling results to improve performance.
- Creation of a new or amended supply chain strategy to meet business goals and objectives.
- Implementation view and key challenges.
- Design of a KPI regime that will fit easily into your existing workflow. Key Performance is essential to how we operate and how we improve your efficiency.
Our experience has obvious links into the other services Bisham offer. All of these can be within the scope of a supply chain optimisation project.
The Client Benefits of great supply chain management.
A Bisham’s consultants have conducted many optimisation projects in the UK, Europe, US and globally. This has been done across a wide range of market sectors. So each of these projects has delivered the following benefits to our clients:
- Improving supply chains.
- Optimised for the service/cost trade-off as determined by the business core objectives.
- Reduction in inefficiency and waste. This improves your bottom line but also ticks the “Green” box as well.
- Improved cost performance and service level delivery.
- Ensuring the type of supply chain is appropriate for the task and the product life cycle.
- Improved flexibility and responsiveness.
- Improved planning processes.
- Creating an agile supply chain that can cope with change.
- Automation of many of your processes through better IT.
- Integration of operational processes and improved information sharing with managers and staff.
- Improved decision-making at every level.
- Supply chain models embedded in the business e.g. cost to serve.
- A KPI suite to drive continuous improvement of supply chain performance.
- Product development is key. The ability to maintain higher performance levels as the business changes are vital.
- Improved cost visibility so you can clearly see where savings can be most easily achieved.