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 business consulting method can be divided into three phases.
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:
This concept decides which steps are to be carried out, how and in what order.