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The path to Supply Chain Excellence

13/04/2021 2021/04

Supply Chain Management - an overview

Supply chain management is the answer to many questions that customers from the private sector and industry ask companies. One of the most pressing concerns at present is to ensure that individual products are available at short notice for clients around the world and to actively manage crises. The goal of the day must be to overcome the crisis, learn from it and stabilise supply chain management for the future in order to be best prepared for economic and operational tasks.

Supply Chain Management: Our expertise

Taking internal and external factors into account, we offer cross-divisional individual and complete solutions for your supply chain management, risk management and transformation processes. With our solutions, your existing processes along the entire value chain can be made more transparent, easier to plan and more efficient. Cross-functional Big Data analysis serves as the foundation for transparency, from which we jointly derive potential. By linking all the information from the process chains, we identify areas of development and levers for implementing these in sustainable concepts with you. Thanks to many years of experience in various Big Data projects, we bring in-depth knowledge of processes in industry and logistics. In doing so, we always closely involve the specialist department in order to ensure that the solutions we develop for you fit your individual processes exactly.

Supply chain management requires team players

Our team already completed successful projects at Airbus, in the course of which our experts have, for example, created and operated a warehouse management system for the planned maintenance of aircraft parts or are permanently responsible for tool management. In this area, for example, we manage to reduce the variety of tools and the tool inventory while maintaining the same tool availability. This often saves our customers 20 percent of their process costs.

These are just a few examples of our cooperation with partners from various industries within the framework of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). We support our customers on their way to supply chain excellence and help them to position themselves optimally for the constantly increasing competition in the high-tech industries.

Supply chain management in the automotive and aviation industries

Supply chain management is characterised by a particularly wide focus. Global trends such as automation, digitalisation or the growing commitment to the environment open up new opportunities for the industry and at the same time put it under pressure. The corona pandemic, which has caused a major disruption to international supply chains, should prove to be a catalyst for the changes to come in the long term.

For example, in order to meet the demands and at the same time respond flexibly to customer needs, the supplier networks in the automotive industry have consolidated. In order to reduce the number of supplier contacts as well as our own vertical integration, we are increasingly purchasing pre-assembled assemblies. Accordingly, the supplier assumes responsibility for procurement, logistics and quality assurance as well as for research and development of the modules, so that the industrial company can concentrate on its core competencies. Compared to single sourcing, the number of interfaces in the supply chain can be reduced.

A main supplier takes over the pre-assembly and coordination of the sub-suppliers. In many areas, system suppliers are used who deliver modules in the sequence of the final assembly line. These suppliers, in turn, manage the upstream suppliers with the involvement of the OEM. This cooperation model has also long since arrived in the aviation sector: Entire cabin modules and seating systems are delivered fully assembled by the system suppliers.

As pioneers of supply chain integration, automobile manufacturers are increasingly seeking to involve partners from the early stages of the value chain in the cooperation. Only in this way can a secure supply be realised at the lowest possible cost. Here, too, improved forecasting accuracy, exact sequencing of products and geographical proximity to the customer are becoming increasingly important.
Numerous factors play a role in realising a crisis-proof supply chain. Just by implementing a few points from our whitepaper, you pave the way to supply chain excellence.

Challenges for supply chains in high technology

The challenges today form the basis and offer potential for improved and more robust supply chain management in the future. Internal processes must therefore be designed in such a way that they harmonise as well as possible with the interfaces to customers and suppliers. This challenge in itself is not new. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet it due to the ever-increasing volume of data. Big Data Management plays an increasingly important role in improving supply chain management. The foundation for this is transparency. Suppliers should now, at the latest, decide to step up the development of appropriate management resources and active risk management for their supply chain.

Sources: b-wise GmbH | SAP | FH Ingolstadt | riskmethods GmbH

About the Author
Christian Rost | Customer Program Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Logistics & Supply Chain
Christian Rost
Customer Program Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Logistics & Supply Chain

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