SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
SCALA provide a wide range of supply chain management expertise including :
Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)/ Integrated Business Planning (IBP)
Our consultant team assist companies to introduce and improve S&OP/IBP by ensuring cultural, process and people alignment to bring together sales and marketing ambitions, supply and manufacturing capabilities, customer needs and financial goals to balance and create a single, achievable strategy for the company. Our experience ranges from global implementation for a multi-national manufacturer to coaching SMEs in best practice principles.
SCALA supply chain consultants focus on five main factors:
- Innovation – impact of New Product Introductions (NPIs)
- Demand planning – including demand sensing and demand shaping activities
- Supply planning – inventory management and production capacities
- Financial integration – financial performance and working capital constraints
- Strategy – future operational plans and impact of changing market dynamics
SCALA Supply Chain Consultants understand the importance of the various trade-offs between customer service, inventory investments, production capabilities, supply availability, and distribution requirements.
Supply Chain Planning
Supply and demand planning is absolutely key in delivering high quality service levels aligned to the customer offer whilst also minimising working capital, storage, handling and obsolescence. SCALA’s supply chain and inventory models combined with real expert consultancy support enable our clients to identify and understand the optimum levels, to plan how to achieve these and then to support execution.
The scope of our supply chain consultant assignments encompasses:
- Demand and supply forecasting
- Procurement policies
- Promotions and sales fluctuations
- Supplier reliability and lead times
- Vendor and co-managed inventory
- Supporting IT system
Demand Driven Supply Chains
The Demand Driven supply chain (DDMRP) is the latest evolution in end-to-end supply chain management and is often emerging as ‘best practice’ for a number of companies.
SCALA have pioneered the introduction of the Demand Driven approach with a number of UK clients and has taken companies through stages of Evaluations and then Piloting through to Roll Out Implementation.
The key difference with the Demand Driven approach is that it uses inventory buffers positioned throughout the extended supply chain to react to actual demand – reducing the reliance on forecasts, and the impact of forecast errors on service performance.
Implementing the Demand Driven approach typically delivers the following supply chain performance improvements:
- Customer Service Levels
- Inventory reductions
- Obsolescent inventory reductions
- Lead-time reductions
- Cost reductions
The Demand Driven approach provides an alternative to the traditional ‘forecast push’ Material Requirements Planning (MRP) methodology and can now be implemented quickly and easily across complex networks thanks to cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) technology.
SCALA Consulting works with a technology partner to deliver a complete demand driven solution for companies covering assessment, business case, pilot, set-up, training, change management and replenishment execution, imperative to supply chain success.
To quantify the performance benefits that a Demand Driven supply chain approach could bring to your company talk with an expert SCALA Consultant – call 0330 133 2692 to discover how your supply chain issues can be improved with this innovative approach.