A high-performing supply chain as strategic success factor
It’s almost impossible to overstate the strategic importance of supply chain management (SCM). The cross-company planning, controlling and monitoring of all logistical tasks within a value chain are activities that are reflected in all industries because they are fundamental to the competitiveness of any company. The globalization of supply chains, shorter product life cycles, sourcing in faraway regions, political unrest, environmental disasters and digitalization have combined to increase complexity along the entire supply chain. Because of this, it’s necessary to quickly identify and evaluate the risks and make them transparent and controllable.
We’ll work with you to find the optimal balance between inventories, response times, cycle times and customer satisfaction. Our range of services in the field of supply chain management consulting includes strategic alignment of the supply chain and the associated organization, all the way to optimizing operational and specific internal supply chain processes. As a part of our consulting service, we recommend targeted training courses in our Supply Chain Academy for employees involved in supply chain management.
Supply chain transformation
One of the major challenges of SCM is to identify efficient, effective and sustainable optimization potentials along the supply chain. Structured SCM benchmarking of all dimensions helps in the search for major SC potentials. The SC operating model developed by h&z includes, among other things, the setup of supply chain organizations, corporate governance, and associated process structures. The goal is to achieve the optimal balance between service and customer requirements and products and cost structures. It’s for these reasons that the integration of risk management into a supply chain is indispensable. We identify possible effects and develop measures regarding the risks within a company’s own network and in procurement management.
Supply chain value creation
In the face of constantly changing demands as well as the availability of raw materials and resources, we use a controlling tool that we call sales and operations planning (S&OP). Its importance lies in the creation of an integrated link between demand, production, procurement management, and finance. The tool not only increases transparency, it also reduces possible discrepancies between supply and demand. An essential component of this approach is demand planning and forecasting – a creative mindset that needs to include all global trends, including digitalization. To help with this we complete a supply chain performance analysis to evaluate current performance, uncover areas for optimization, and provide insights into best-in-class solutions. We also work with our clients to identify differentiated service levels as well as a service catalog.
It’s vital to have a holistic and future-oriented logistics strategy, not only because the competitive pressure in this sector will increase exponentially, but because it’s important to try and stay ahead of the game to simply achieve or maintain market relevance. The core elements of a flexible and high-quality logistics strategy are increasingly linked to digitalization trends, and you have to add into the mix the need to optimize the logistical infrastructure through network restructuring and improvements in delivery. Sustainable warehouse and inventory optimization are also becoming increasingly important. Despite these complexities, it’s possible to achieve a decisive competitive edge by using new technologies, a high degree of automation and better planning elements in the supply chain. We’re here to help you with this! We analyze and then create efficient networks that support your strategy as it relates to areas for growth and customer requirements. This includes ‘cost to serve’ flow path analyses, and the optimization of distribution networks in terms of size, location and abilities.
Digital supply chain
Improving your value chain across all functions will always be important. In addition to the classical optimization levers, both suppliers and manufacturers must continuously refocus their product portfolios and therefore their technology offering. This particularly applies to areas threatened with redundancy due to changes in technology. On the other hand, companies must deepen and expand their competences in a targeted manner in order to put new products on the market. The e-mobility market is a good example.
We have a wealth of experience in product strategy, development, procurement and quality management to help get your processes back on the road to success.