Supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user.
The supply chain segment involved with getting the finished product from the manufacturer to the consumer is known as the Distribution Channel.
Supply chain management (SCM) is the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. The three main flows of the supply chain are the Product Flow, the Information Flow and the Finances Flow.
SCM involves coordinating and integrating these flows both within and among companies.
Excellence of Supply Chain Processes functional, crossfunctional, within an orgsanisation & crossorganisational therefore are key to customer satisfaction through corporate internal low processing costs.
Low performing Supply Chains are usually country based with a very chaotic & non standartized type of Control, Responsiveness, No Future orientation, Zero Transparency & low Speed of Processes.
Shadowing & process mapping exercises of winning business model might require from 2-3 months up to 2 years of time, depend on company size & culture.
Remodeling, reframing, reshaping & restructuring require Staffing within Supply Chain Operations teams per predefined Waves of future Roll Out, per each workstream, per SBU, with a specific Wish List of time dedication per each Key partecipant .
Post Pilot implementation & demonstrated success : new established Project Management Office Design team externalise, regionalise & globalise the overall Supply Chain concepts.
As added value post Roll Out & Continuous Improvement activities a company gains :
- Less bureaucracy, less double work
- Clear focus on specialized tasks
- Faster processes
- Higher Planning Accuracy
- Reduced costs
- Reliable data with prompt access
- Better and more competitive services
- Preparation for Future Growth in a more reliable, more effective and cost efficient set up