Supply Chain Execution

At one time the plan needs to become reality; it will need to be executed. The supply chain plan needs to be translated into a schedule. This can be a production schedule, transportation schedule or order delivery schedule. The schedule defines on a day-to-day basis or even an hour-by-hour basis what resources need to be deployed and when to meet the plan or order, taking into account constraints on resources, material and people and achieving the agreed service levels. Under pressure of competition and shareholders, companies have stretched their supply chains over the globe and this globalization has created many challenges for these companies. Manufacturing capacities are fragmented and companies source their supplies from around the world. As a result, companies have encountered many difficulties managing their supply chain operations. Alignment of the supply chain operations and the related schedules between the different partners within the network is critical. This is often difficult due to:

  • • Operational data or schedules are not exchanged or is not poorly visible
  • • A multitude of partners are involved in the execution process
  • • Dealing with multiple communication channels with partners
  • • Demand often does not match supply
  • • Incomplete or non-existent partner performance data

These difficulties can translate into high inventory and related costs, high freight costs to reduce transport lead time and poor customer service level performance, time lost due to conflict resolution. When companies decide to go lean with their operations the problem becomes even more visible. To overcome these difficulties companies need a collaborative system that can help them manage the interactions and align operations between the partners in the network. Collaboration provides visibility into the supply chain network and the partners within the network, resulting in:

  • • Lower supply chain costs.
  • • Reduced inventories.
  • • Increase operational efficiencies.
  • • Improve supplier performance.
  • • Improved communication
  • • Faster response times

Plan&Improve helps organizations by:

  • • Execution process and scheduling system implementation
  • • Defining Supply Chain Collaboration model and processes
  • • Implement collaboration process and system implementation
  • • Current IT systems capability assessment
  • • Package evaluation and selection
  • • Integrated system design