Idea / Supply Chain and Quality

Michael McCracken, Member, Business Consultant, United States


Supply Chain Management
Sits in the center of process-driven organizations, where it focuses on integration and partnerships in order to meet customers’ needs on a timely basis, with relevant and high quality products, produced and delivered in a cost-effective manner
  • It’s complex: from ideas and designs to sources of raw material to the manufacturing plants to distributors to final consumers

  • Ensures delivery of the right product (quality), to the right location, in the right quantity, at the right time (on-time delivery), in the most profitable (at the right price) manner

  • Often a “gating” factor for increased growth is the ability of the supply chain to meet increasingly complex and growing customer demands for services and capabilities

  • A recent concept has emerged
    … the CSCO (Chief Supply Chain Officer)
    … Do you have One?
    … Do you need One?
    … Can you afford NOT to have one?
    What does a CSCO do?
    Provide operating and financial expertise
  • Supply Chain Management

  • t Focus on integration and partnerships to meet customers’ needs on a timely basis, with delivery of high quality products, produced and delivered in the most profitable manner

  • Use Systems Thinking - looking at the value chain, understanding the linkages and interactions between system elements, and recognizing small catalytic events can cause large changes in the system

  • Strategic Sourcing

  • t Control costs - leading to higher profits. With purchased products accounting for as much as 75% of total cost, can be an invaluable tool selecting suppliers best suited to provide maximum value

  • Outsourcing

  • Reduce costs & focuses management time on integration & innovations (new ways to excel), not managing transactions

  • Inventory Management

  • Reduce inventory levels through lean manufacturing techniques

  • One way to jump start the process
    … an Executive Advisor

  • Creates and develops innovative ideas and possible actions

  • Makes recommendations

  • Identifies new opportunities

  • Develops plans

  • Coordinates plans to ensure activities are integrated

  • Assists developing and implementing the strategic plan

  • Leads projects as necessary

  • Offers management oversight

  • Provides operating and financial expertise

  • Develops organization design options

  • Next step – contact us to
    Review - get started - get better
  • Review your current Supply Chain process … or

  • Develop your supply chain plan … or

  • Assist improving your supply chain execution

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