Supply Chain Strategy - Logistics Strategy

The right Supply Chain Strategy or Logistics Strategy will drive reduced costs, better customer service and improved profits.

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Our recent surveys have shown that:

61% of businesses do not have a documented Supply Chain strategy yet.

Of those businesses, most believe their business performance suffers as a consequence.

The Supply Chain strategies that do exist are generally not well understood across the business.

So ask yourself:
  1. Is your Supply Chain and Logistics Strategy effective?
  2. Does it support your business strategy?
  3. Is it well understood across your business?
  4. Do you even have a Supply Chain strategy?

If you answer No to any of these questions, then your Supply Chain is under performing and impacting on your business bottom line!


Supply Chain Strategy is really NOT that Hard to Get Right

At the Logistics Bureau we have experience of effectively developing and implementing Supply Chain strategies across many countries and many industries including Retail, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Industrial and many others.

Our senior staff are able to work with you to develop the right Supply Chain strategies to achieve your business goals, as well as ensuring engagement and commitment from your management team.

Contact a senior staff member at Logistics Bureau using the form to the right or call them directly here.

Below you will find a useful Supply Chain Strategy Article.

The Outcomes

In developing and implementing an effective Supply Chain strategy for you, our pragmatic approach will aim to deliver:

  1. A clear Supply Chain strategy that supports the business strategy and goals.
  2. A Supply Chain strategy that is well understood and supported by all key business functions.
  3. A Supply Chain strategy that maintains a clear focus on the required outcomes and can easily be tracked and adjusted to maintain Supply Chain performance.
  4. And most important! A Supply Chain strategy that reduces costs and improves customer service.

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Our Focus

The focus of this work involves aligning a company's supply chain strategy to its business strategy. In situations of high growth, companies need a flexible supply chain to ensure that their growth plans can be absorbed at an incremental cost. In more certain demand situations companies should aim to ensure that their supply chain operates to optimum levels, with balance between service and cost.

This work often features:

  • Overall development of Supply Chain Strategy
  • Alignment of customers and suppliers to internal company operations
  • Alignment of marketing and sales plans to supply chain strategy
  • Alignment of capital expenditure to supply chain operations
  • Alignment of HR strategy to supply chain operations
  • Alignment of supply chain strategy to meet investment aims
  • Alignment of supply chain strategy to meet growth targets
  • Optimisation of supply chain to meet wider business goals

Supply Chain Strategy Development

As part of our work, we often assist companies in developing and documenting a Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics Strategy or Distribution Strategy.

This normally takes place as a series of facilitated planning workshops, with a senior cross functional team involved. At the completion of the workshops, the company has a documented Supply Chain Strategy, with objectives, actions plans, timelines and responsibilities.

Whilst the workshops are tailored to the specific needs of the company, in simple terms, they tend to go through the following stages, if using an issues based approach:

  1. Review of overall business strategy
  2. Develop Supply Chain Vision and Mission
  3. Review of existing Supply Chain and known issues
  4. Further issue identification
  5. Develop issue themes
  6. Prioritise issues
  7. Creation of issue teams
  8. Development of objectives, strategies and tactics
  9. Implementation planning

This planning approach has proved highly successful and is structured so as to enhance team participation and commitment.

The focus of our planning approach, is to ensure that the Supply Chain strategy is clearly focused on the end game needs of the business, rather than the enabling 'means'. This ensures , particularly in large and multi divisional businesses, that all parts of the business are focused on achieving the objectives, rather than sub optimising individual change projects.

For more information about these services, feel free to make direct contact with our senior staff here. Or contact our Group MD, Rob O'Byrne directly. He leads all our strategy assignments.

Supply Chain and Logistics Strategy Consultants Contacts Below

Rob O'Byrne
Sydney - Rob O'Byrne +61 417 417 307
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John Cole
Melbourne - John Cole +61 0411 706 726
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SE Asia - Colin Airdrie +66 819 464 490
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Supply Chain Strategy Articles

Supply Chain Strategy Development

Effective supply chain strategies are essential to the performance of most businesses. Surprisingly, many businesses, even at the top end of town, have supply chain strategies that are misaligned to the business goals or have strategies that are poorly articulated and communicated within the business. This just drives poor business performance.

This article will take a pragmatic approach and provide insights for developing a supply chain strategy that not only meets the needs of your business, but also drives real service and bottom line improvement.

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Working Capital Optimisation in the Supply Chain

Introduction

This short article will explain what working capital is and how to make best use of working capital in the Supply Chain. It will provide useful tips for businesses to apply that will be helpful in these uncertain times.

Working capital refers to the cash a business requires for its day-to-day operations. Technically, it’s a measure of a company's efficiency and its short-term financial health. Often, it’s the company supply chain that is the first place that people look to for working capital reduction opportunities.

Optimisation of working capital is not about wildly slashing inventory levels and running the business on a shoestring. Optimisation of working capital is contextual and dependent on individual business circumstances. It’s about understanding the current service environment and identifying whether you are over or under servicing your customers. Next, it’s about tailoring your operations to strike the right balance between service and cost.

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