Supply Chain Improvement

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Supply Chain Improvement

Demand and profits are down and market uncertainties increased. You’ve reduced manufacturing costs and taken out spare capacity as far as practically possible. Where do you turn your attention next? In many cases, the only option is to look beyond the production process to the broader supply chain. Many leading edge companies have extended their management of physical logistics to address the entire supply chain process, from supplier to buyer, in order to shorten product life cycles, increase competition, and meet the heightened expectations of customers. There are clear opportunities for making supply chains more costeffective, more transparent and more responsive to improve customer service.
Four areas are key to effective supply chain improvement: process, measurement, information management and technology. Best practice in these areas includes:


Integrating internal functional processes and systems across the enterprise. This includes the physical supply chain execution and management processes: o Customer service management o Demand management o Materials and Production planning o Logistics and inventory management o Order Fulfilment o Sourcing and Procurement o Supplier management o Product development and commercialisation



Collaborating with suppliers and customers, involves sharing information and integrating intercompany processes to improve resource utilisation and to enhance end-consumer satisfaction across the supply chain as a whole



Automating management and execution processes, such as order tracking, online purchasing and materials and production planning. This allows cost, time and waste to be taken out of the supply chain. Intercai has over the past 12 years helped many organisations to engage in business improvement initiatives that have led directly to increased…...

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