Clear view and vision in your supply chain

For many years our consultants have managed to come up with feasible SCM concepts that are well-tried and tested and do not depend on specific tools or IT.

Every change is always preceded by setting objectives, analysis, the concept and planning. And when it is time to put changes into practice, every firm will be glad to have an experienced consultant at its side. That is where our consultants come in - specialised in intelligent, responsive and flexible Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions for the metal industry.

Our Methodology

Our business consulting method can be divided into three phases.

  • First Phase: Screening
    Where do problems or bottlenecks lie within your supplay chain? Which potentials can be identified?
    Only after two to four weeks the management gets facts and figures concerning saving costs.
  • Second phase: Concept
    Our Concept includes Supply chain customizing, inventory design & engineering as well as system integration. A holistic approach and taking into account all levels in plant is crucial for a successful concept.
  • Third phase: Implementation
    Well-structured procedures including trainings for staff and combined with change management ensure the succesful implementation of new processes.

The final objective of SCM strategy consulting is financial optimisation (EBIT, ROCE) of the supply chain. Here we simulate and compare different scenarios, taking into account the general strategic conditions such as the business model, market and product requirements, differentiation/investment strategies as well as the existing supply chain system.

We perform analysis to explore the potential offered by the various components in the supply chain. Based on the production recourses and flows/stocks of material at the plant this potential is identified according to the objectives and quantified in a readily understandable manner. This provides the starting point for further actions.

A customizing process is used to reorganise the supply chain in line with the client´s specific needs: this involves looking at product-related manufacturing processes, intelligent semi-finished part stages, distribution centres as well as market/product-specific service levels. Here the key issue is designing future processes and establishing how best to organise them. It finally becomes clear who decides what, where and when.

Inventory Design & Engineering is used to clarify the following issues: How much stock is needed in the supply chain, and where? What inventory is required depending on transport/production batch sizes (campaigns etc.), availability to deliver, service level, quality requirements and reserve stock as protection from shortages?

The Solution Integration Concept comprises:

  • Mapping out processes onto solution architecture (which system supports which process)?
  • Synchronising solution components, identifying interfaces
  • Issuing specifications and tender documents for solution architecture
  • Creating a benefit-oriented introduction strategy (processes and systems)
  • Organising tender processes and assessing the level of cover

This concept decides which steps are to be carried out, how and in what order.