Discovery & Analysis
We begin our process by breaking down your existing supply chain into key management planning processes (sales and operations planning, inventory management, and strategic sourcing and supplier management). Understanding the key underlying service, revenue, and cost drivers helps us build specific linkages between your financial and operational performance, and identify existing performance gaps.
Our consultants work directly with your people, observing and quantifying the impact of day-to-day operating problems from order entry, to capacity planning and scheduling, to material flow, handling and distribution. This focused analysis allows us to help identify breakdowns in existing flow design, operating processes, management systems, and organizational behaviors that are restricting throughput and service. We work with you to quantify current performance gaps and identify what specific changes need to be implemented.
We take an integrated team approach, working closely with your managers to implement planning and process changes that free up constraints and better balance workflow. We also build or refine management systems to better control the business, and improve the data integrity of information systems to ensure accurate, reliable tracking and reporting both internally and externally.
To make certain these improvements are sustainable, we provide your management teams with the coaching, training, and tools required to control the flow of material and information throughout the supply chain. Refining management information and operating reports to ensure performance visibility also helps to reinforce a culture of accountability that leads to higher, and more consistent, performance.