Supply chain management (SCM)

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These days, the success of companies depends on the effectiveness of their supply chain management (SCM). The system must accommodate the needs of complex, multilevel value chains and even networks. Here, the elementary factors include the design of agile supply chains, the application of modern methods for planning and control and ultimately close collaboration with the partner as well. We believe that in order to be sustainably successful, supply chain management must be based on the company’s proprietary SCM strategy. Based on this, it becomes possible to ensure integral optimisation of network structures, processes and auxiliary SCM software systems in procurement, production and distribution. Supply chain management covers a comprehensive and complex set of process and IT issues whose optimisation requires broad and coherent empirical knowledge.

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Competitive supply chain solutions for online retail

In the future, the market will insist that supply chains for goods distribution in online retail provide next-day delivery, same-day delivery and just-in-time deliveries. Adjustment and optimisation of the entire supply chain are necessary to enable these services at minimal cost. Warehouse network structures must be adapted and harmonised according to highly efficient transport strategies. The warehouse or hub function needs to be designed efficiently and flexibly in regard to the order picking, shipping, automation level and inventory range processes. Moreover, smart combination and control are necessary for a variety of supply concepts/distribution methods, including third-party delivery, cross-docking fulfilment or single and double-stage warehouse fulfilment. Our toolset allows us to design these complex supply chains at benchmarkable cost and to assess them in a high level of detail.

End-to-end supply chain optimisation

Several key elements need to be considered from a company’s perspective to enable integral supply chain optimisation:

  • The planning processes, combining sales and inventory planning, demand and capacity planning (sales & operation planning), as well as production and procurement planning.
  • Order management and the order-to-cash process.
  • Implementation of a lean supply chain by reducing unnecessary handling and inventory stages during inbound, intra- and outbound logistics.

All planning and control processes are analysed, optimised and finally integrated, based on the big picture for planning processes within a company. Supply chain and value stream design methods are applied to ensure leaner material flow. Consistent optimisation of this kind requires expertise within information and material flow topics, in planning and control, as well as knowledge of auxiliary IT applications for the ERP and SCM systems.

Supply Chain 4.0

Digitalisation, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data applications and highly automated handling and transport systems are frequently cited as supply chain building blocks in the age of Manufacturing 4.0. Accomplishments achieved within lean supply chain management are now precipitating the next transformation process for greater efficiency and transparency. Big data analytics allows our consultants to tap into significant rationalisation potential in the client’s supply chain, especially in the area of transport optimisation (utilisation of transport means and containers), inventory optimisation and empties management. High-performance analysis and optimisation tools are developed for these big data applications.

Competencies of ebp-consulting
A selection

We provide a broad range of consulting services for supply chain management. In this regard, we capitalise on our successful methods and proven solutions based on our longstanding experience in a variety of industries and consulting projects.

SCM strategy

  • Development of company specific SCM strategies
  • Design of a big picture for planning and control processes
  • Definition of value-added strategies within the production network
  • Design of postponement strategies
  • Definition of integration strategies for suppliers and distribution partners
  • Introduction of variant management and synchronisation with the SCM

SCM organization

  • Introduction of a process-oriented SCM structure
  • Provision of proven organisational models
  • Shared logistics services through central SCM organisation
  • Achievement of operational excellence (OpEx)
  • Planning and control of supplier networks
  • Organisational structure for supply chain management
  • Introduction of order management teams or SCM team structures

Network optimisation/network design

  • Center of gravity analysis
  • Design of distribution networks
  • Definition of distribution locations
  • Design of procurement networks
  • Implementation of range strategies and stock-optimised inventory management for merchandise distribution
  • Definition of inventory strategies
  • Definition of inventory strategies and depths
  • Design of production networks and assignment of value added scopes
  • Creation and comparative assessment of network scenarios
  • Design of value chains
  • Outsourcing of production to other locations and suppliers
  • Simulation of networks with tools
  • Tool based supply chain design

Transport optimization

  • Creation of transport cost transparency
  • Definition of the transport network
  • Tool-based transport planning
  • Tactical route planning
  • Route planning / route planning
  • Transport mode planning
  • Optimisation of transport means utilisation
  • Design of trimodal transport concepts
  • Optimisation of transport concepts, e.g. through regional forwarding, milk runs, trans-shipment traffic
  • Cargo hold optimisation
  • Benchmarking of transport/freight costs
  • Freight cost controlling
  • Introduction of control tower for central transport scheduling and control
  • Green logistics, implementation of CO2-optimised transport concepts

Material flow design & goods flow design

  • Implementation of end-to-end supply chain optimisation
  • Introduction of lean supply chain management
  • Optimisation of the value added material flow
  • Development and implementation of vendor managed inventory (VMI)
  • Implementation of consignment storage principles
  • Optimisation of distribution and shipping processes
  • Design of the order management/order-to-cash processes
  • Simulation of process scenarios/supply chain simulation

SCM planning

  • Optimisation of requirements forecasts/forecasting and demand planning
  • Introduction/optimisation of sales & operations planning (S&OP)
  • OTIF optimisation
  • Introduction of new materials planning methods
  • Optimisation of replenishment and stocking processes
  • Specification of requirements and selection of SCM and APS software systems
  • Optimisation of SCM-IT systems such as SAP-APO
  • Introduction of indicator systems (KPI, SCOR model)
  • Control of the supply chain by an order team
  • Introduction of SCM team structures
  • SCM training using the Beer Distribution Game

Inventory optimisation

  • Inventory management in the supply chain
  • Introduction of new materials planning principles
  • Article class-specific materials planning methods
  • Optimisation of replenishment and stocking processes
  • ABC/XYZ article classification
  • Delivery service level optimisation
  • Reduction of buffer stock and reorder levels
  • ebp’s inventory optimisation tool

Purchasing volumes and material groups

  • Implementation of portfolio analyses
  • Material group structuring and cleansing
  • Reduction in suppliers per material group
  • Supply risk analyses for material groups
  • Implementation of make-or-buy analyses
  • Implementation of value and purchase price analyses

Processes and organisation

  • Centralisation and decentralisation of purchasing functions
  • Installation and establishment of strategic purchasing
  • Allocation and alignment of strategic and operative tasks
  • Introduction of material group management
  • Definition of process interfaces between purchasing, logistics and SCM

Procurement market and sourcing

  • Definition of the sourcing strategy
  • Development of part- or material group-oriented sourcing concepts (requirements and supplier bundling, single, dual, multiple sourcing)
  • Support in the identification and selection of new suppliers
  • Support in the establishment and expansion of sourcing in China/Asia
  • Support in module and system procurement

SCM collaboration

  • Definition of integration strategies for suppliers and distribution partners
  • Introduction of collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment processes (CPFR)
  • Introduction of supplier Kanban
  • Introduction of vendor management inventory (VMI)
  • Implementation of EDI standards

Supplier relationship management (SRM)

  • Supplier assessment and auditing
  • Establishment of supplier controlling
  • Supplier development and qualification
  • Supplier connectivity for procurements
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Requirements specification and selection of SRM tools