Supply Chain Strategy

Supply Chain Strategy

How exactly an organisation's supply chain strategy should be designed depends on that organisation's;

  1. strategy and objectives
  2. journey towards Supply Chain Excellence

We work with our clients to understand their current goals and strive to help them create responsive supply chains that can adapt as markets (and strategies) change.

Strategy and Objectives

We work to understand our client's organisational strategy and objectives which usually include three general competitive strategies;

  • Cost Leadership - A company using this strategy must ensure that it has well developed systems for monitoring and controlling costs, productivity and inventory levels.
  • Differentiation - An organisation's ability to provide a product that differs in some way from the competition. Includes customer service, lead times, quality, demand responsiveness/agility, short product life cycles.
  • Market Segmentation - this segmentation could be based on a customer group, product line, geographical location.

Supply Chain Excellence

We identify and prioritise supply chain improvement activities according to performance excellence benchmarks, utilising the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR™) framework developed by the Supply Chain Council.

We also take into consideration the priorities for the client in relation to their current supply chain process capabilities as shown below.¹

Operations Excellence compressed

¹ Taken from Bricks Matter: The role of supply chains in building market-driven differentiation. by Lora M. Cecere, Charles W. Chase. John Wiley & Sons 2013.

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