Decisions about the structure of the global value creation networks can have long-term and far-reaching consequences for businesses. They must therefore take place on the basis of a supply chain strategy that is supported by a stringent vision and derived from the company goals and corporate strategy.
The supply chain strategy ensures enables growth, innovation, high competitiveness and risk optimisation and ensures that the company can develop sustainably. It creates the conditions and the framework so that operational supply chain management can live up to its tasks – of delivering the right products and services in the right quality, the right amount, and at the right time to the customer – and is able to do so anywhere in the world at competitive prices. The supply chain must remain lean, efficient and flexible in order to respond quickly to changes, trends and risks.
On the one hand, the aim is to recognise the most important future requirements at an early stage, and systematically analyse and integrate them in the supply chain strategy. These include, in particular, markets, competition, geopolitical, legal, ecological and economic conditions, technological innovations, or customer requirements. On the other hand, fundamental decisions must be taken in advance, for example whether to opt for centralised or decentralised production, or pull- vs. push-driven manufacturing.
In a holistic planning process, several factors are included, which are not only significant for the design of the supply chain but can also affect the corporate strategy and organisation: for instance, in terms of internal processes, IT systems and IT policy, or cooperation with suppliers and partners:
- Definition and segmentation of customer requirements
- Objectives and measured parameters for the supply chain
- Sites and networks, as well as the desired degree of autonomy
- Process design and the liability of process models
- Principles of cooperation with external partners
- Definition and integration of the IT strategy
This approach enables a consistent design and a holistic optimisation of the value creation network, which is reflected in several competitive advantages. These include, for example, efficient portfolio management and sustainable cost reduction, flexibility and adaptability of the supply chain, time benefits, high security of supply, or comprehensive compliance and effective risk management.
ROI provides comprehensive support when designing tailored supply chain strategies.
The basis for this is a trusted procedural model that combines supply chain strategy with supply chain operations, performance management and consistent digitization. Our services include in particular: