How to Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient and Deliver Better ROI

A supply chain isn’t working when the costs are getting out of control, the inventory levels and costs are not in line with the market, and consumers aren’t happy. But most supply chains are so complex that it’s difficult to pinpoint what needs to be fixed.


An effective supply chain is crucial to business success. As recent economic turmoil and various natural disasters have shown, you need to think strategically about where your products are made and how they will be delivered. You need to understand all possible risks to your supply chain – and what you’ll do if a significant event disrupts current operations.

To make supply chain more resilient, businesses need to evaluate products from start to finish – from origin to production, storage, and transportation. The evaluation needs to involve essential business units, suppliers, and customers. It’s important to understand what’s most valuable to each stakeholder, then adapt current procurement and supply chain processes to meet these needs. 

But first, there are some key questions to ask before implementing changes:

  • Are category, procurement and supply chain management strategies aligned with the overall business objectives?

  • Are the activities involved in procurement and supply chain cost-effective and aligned with best practices in (and outside of) the industry?

  • Do you know what your customers value most about your products and services? Do your procurement and supply chain practices enable these values?

  • How do you measure the success of your procurement and supply chain?

  • How are you incorporating sustainability into your procurement decisions and supply chain? Do your processes meet current and projected future environmental regulations?

Answering these questions will help you find a place to start in optimizing your supply chain.

Armed with this information, you can take steps towards reducing your procurement and logistics costs for materials and services. You can improve governance and reduce risks. By making your processes more efficient, you’ll decrease direct and indirect damages and reduce capital costs, creating visibility throughout your organization. Plus, you can integrate environmental and corporate sustainability into supply chain – and measure the results.

If you’re still not sure where to begin with supply chain optimization, our strategy and consulting experts can help you with:

  • Full ERP assessment of procure-to-pay, logistics, and operations

  • Finance and risk evaluation

  • Optimization and transformation

  • Process and governance

  • Change management


OUR PURPOSE IS TO HELP COMPANIES REALIZE THEIR ACTUAL VALUE.

We do this by centring our supply chain practice on people and infrastructure, and helping our clients develop a clear perspective on how they maintain value in a competitive environment. We ensure that your organization’s strategy is understood and translated into day-to-day actions that are implemented by front-line employees.

Learn more about how we can transform your supply chain today.


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Salindeho has over 20 years’ experience in corporate strategy, supply chain orchestration and project management. He has designed, led and implemented various optimization and transformation initiative for oil and gas, petrochemicals, and manufacturing industries. His passion is to build a strong collaboration between people, technology, and business to increase productivity and create working environments that encourage innovation.

 
Steve Salindeho