January 14, 2019 Articles, Industry Forum Blog, Insights, Supply Chain Development Supply Chain Training We offer a range of courses from basic introductions to advanced certifications covering all aspects of Supply Chain Management. Whether it’s physical logistics, a broad understanding of Supply Chain theory of inventory management or professional globally recognised certification, we have a course to suit you. For more detail take a look at our Supply Chain training courses or contact us today to discuss your individual needs. Supply Chain Consulting Areas The Supply Chain is so vast, it can often feel overwhelming. Industry Forum’s expert consultants have experience in successful and profitable change projects. Remove the worry and deliver results to be proud of with the support and guidance of our team. We also understand that there are times when you simply need an extra pair of hands. Our consultants can support you in a flexible manner to meet the needs of your business without tying you into lengthy recruitment processes. Benchmarking How well does your business perform compared to your competitors or leaders in other sectors? Benchmarking areas in supply chain can include: Goods In/ Goods Out Processing Warehousing and Distribution Supply Chain Management Procurement/ Purchasing Cost to Serve Analysis We calculate the true cost of buying, handling, storing and moving the products as separate elements of your supply chain, rather than the traditional accounting method of the blanket distribution of costs. This allows you to understand the true costs of supplying your customers and identifies areas for improvement and profit enhancement. Physical Supply Chain Reviews – Warehousing and Distribution Process Improvement: We analyse your processes and workflows to identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps. Warehouse Layout: We review your current layout and process flows and develop and design more efficient warehouse layouts to increase productivity and improve your supply. Systems and IT: Are legacy systems holding you back? Are your team reliant on excel spreadsheets and paper based solutions? If you don’t think you’re getting the most from your current system, or feel the time has come to invest to support growth, one of our advisors can review its performance and help to negotiate and implement an improved offering from your provider. Network Design and Warehouse Moves: Our team can model your future requirements, support you through: Evaluation and remodelling of your current operation Design and build or sourcing new warehousing Negotiating leasing of existing warehousing Managing the exit from your current premises Logistics and Transport The cost of logistics and transport is too often overlooked as a ‘necessity’ without real understanding of the performance, effectiveness and structure behind the operation. Our experts can help you to identify and manage the elements of your logistics and transport operation in order to optimise your solution and improve both service and profit. One of our team will manage any tender and contracting process from beginning to end, ensuring a smooth transition and clarity throughout. Forecasting, Demand and Inventory Management Poor forecasts, poor inventory management, and unsuitable demand planning processes could be costing you significantly; tying up capital and eroding your bottom line profit. We can help you to understand the root causes of the issues within your planning function and identify ways to resolve them. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Sales and Operations Planning brings together Sales, Operations, Finance and Senior Management to ensure the heart of the business is aligned to the strategic direction of the Board. A fully integrated S&OP that allows for collaboration within the business in a structured and controlled way can be difficult to achieve, but not impossible. Our wealth of experience will ensure your S&OP process is right for you. With a focus on a simple, achievable process which delivers instead of a regimented process drowning in theory that does nothing to enhance your performance. Good S&OP doesn’t need to be complicated. We can design, implement and restructure your S&OP process and deliver internal training to ensure your team continue to make it work. Product Lifecycle Management Our unique approach includes a combined process review and improvement project along with tailored training to your team to ensure all future new product launches run smoothly. Managing end of life product to maximise sales whilst minimise remaining obsolete stock within your business is all part of our lifecycle management review. Supply Chain Systems Implementation From design, selection, right through to installation and transfer from legacy systems the potential for failure is enormous. It’s unlikely that the business will regularly do a system change – so why not let us support you? We regularly support businesses through systems implementation in: WMS, Automation in the warehouse, Forecasting and Demand planning systems, ERP systems, EDI systems, Operational Planning System as well as end to end financial management systems. Let us manage the implementation project so that your people can focus on what you hired them to do. At the end of the project, we can train and support your staff to ease the transition.