A high-performing supply chain as strategic success factor
The extreme strategic importance of Supply Chain Management (SCM), i.e., the cross-company planning, controlling and monitoring of all logistical tasks within a value chain, is reflected in all industries and is mandatory for the competitiveness of a company. The globalization of supply chains, shorter product life cycles, sourcing in faraway regions, political unrest, environmental disasters and digitalization all increase the complexity along the whole supply chain and result in the necessity to quickly identify and evaluate the risks and make them transparent and controllable.
Together with you, h&z will find the optimal balance between inventories, response time, cycle times and customer satisfaction. Our range of services includes strategic alignment of the supply chain and the associated organization all the way to operative and company-internal optimization of specific supply chain processes. Additionally, 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 today’s supply chain management is to identify relevant optimization potentials along the supply chain in an efficient, effective and sustainable manner. A structured SCM benchmarking of all dimensions supports the search for major SC potentials. The SC operating model developed by h&z includes, amongst other things, the setup of supply chain organizations, corporate government and associated process structures. The goal is to achieve an optimal balance of service/customer requirements and products/cost structure. In this context, the integration of a supply chain risk management 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 demand requirements as well as availability of raw materials and resources, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is an important controlling tool for us. Its importance lies in the creation of an integrated link between demand, production, procurement management and finance. The tool does not only increase transparency due to a uniform understanding of numbers, it also reduces possible discrepancies between supply and demand. An essential component of this approach is Demand Planning & Forecasting – a creative mindset that needs to include all global trends, including digitalization. Our Supply Chain Performance Analysis evaluates the current performance, uncovers areas for optimization, and provides insight into best-in-class solutions. Additionally, h&z works with its clients to identify differentiated service levels as well as a service catalog.
A holistic and future oriented logistics strategy is indispensable today; not only because the competitive pressure in this sector will increase exponentially, but because it requires a knowledge lead in order to be able to achieve or maintain market relevance at all. The core elements of a flexible and high-quality logistics are increasingly linked to digitalization trends. Add to this an optimization of the logistical infrastructure through network restructuring and refinement of delivery reliability. Sustainable warehouse and inventory optimization are also becoming increasingly important. Using new technologies, a high degree of automation and better planning elements in the supply chain, a company can achieve a decisive competitive edge. We are prepared for this! We analyze and realize efficient networks that support your strategy regarding growth regions 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
The continuous improvement of the value chain across all functions will remain a crucial topic. In addition to the classical optimization levers, both suppliers and manufacturers must continuously refocus their product portfolio and therefore their technology offering. This particularly applies for areas threatened with future redundancy due to technological change. On the other hand, companies must deepen and expand their competences in a targeted manner in order to put new products on the market, for example to serve the E-Mobility market. 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.