Why do you require a supply chain strategy?

Supply chain management always delivers a significant value contribution whenever it comprehensively supports the company’s strategic objectives. For this purpose, these strategic corporate objectives must be translated into specific guidelines for action for the supply chain. This synchronization of the corporate and SCM strategy makes it possible to separate essential from non-essential issues, to assign the limited resources available to the right initiatives, in this way increasing customer satisfaction and shareholder value on a sustainable basis.

How do you benefit from an optimized supply chain strategy?

The SCM strategy ensures that

  • the available resources work on the right issues such as cost optimization or risk minimization in a focused way
  • the team is moving in the same direction
  • and also that less relevant issues are processed with lower priority or even not dealt with at all.
[Translate to English:] Supply Chain Strategy

When designing the SCM strategy, it’s very important to ensure the involvement of your key stakeholders like top management, sales & marketing, as well as production and controlling, that the truly relevant SCM goals are selected, and that implementation of the strategy by using the right key performance indicator system and coordinated and monitored action plans is assured, too.

Which approach do we take?

The right alignment of the strategic supply chain differs considerably depending on the company. During the strategic optimization of your supply chain, we individually tailor the approach to your company and your challenges. Generally, a project goes through three steps: in an as-is analysis, the question is first answered as to whether your company has a (one size fits all) or several supply chains, so that possibly not only one, but several SCM strategies need to be worked out. In principle, there are four generic types of supply chains:

  • The lean supply chain aims at the most cost-effective production possible, e.g. the production of all kinds of commodities
  • The collaborative supply chain focuses on close collaboration with the customer, e.g. just-in-time delivery concepts in the automotive industry
  • The agile supply chain continually and quickly adapts itself to changing customer requirements, e.g. in the fashion industry
  • The flexible supply chain offers flexible solutions with premium pricing, e.g. in event catering

Based on this, an optimal target concept for the future will be designed and measures needed for this will be coordinated and agreed on. Measures are implemented depending on the scope either in timed intervals or in parallel.


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