SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYSIS AND OPTIMISATION PROCESS
We follow a three step process:
- Baseline the existing supply chain.
This involves a cost return analysis and subject to client requirements may also include a technical assessment, quality systems and market validation assessment.
- Develop tailored improvement solutions and evaluate.
We do this in consultation with our clients, utilising new technologies and systems where applicable and evaluating these to find the best overall solution.
- Implementation and training.
The degree of our engagement depends on a client’s needs. For example where clients assist with data collection, consultancy time can be reduced.
Baseline modelling of a supply chain starts with mapping the existing systems and processes of a supply chain from beginning to end. Once all of the stages are mapped the next phase of the work is to record the resources and costs of each process. What resources are involved? How long does each process take etc?
Then it is a matter of building on this to collect the other information required. When a comprehensive understanding of the existing supply chain has been detailed the cost benefit of improvement options can be considered, modelled and compared to the baseline. This process leads to informed investment decisions and supply chain optimisation.
The primary data collection categories are:
- Grading & Processing
- Freight & Distribution
Data collection is followed by analysis, evaluation and reporting.