Keep a Clear Overview
When optimizing a supply chain network there are two main objectives:
- to improve the customer service and
- the increasing of competitiveness
In order to increase competitiveness, many companies face the need of reducing their costs in logistics, production and distribution sustainably. The implementation of global sourcing strategies and the expansion of networks necessitates a central coordination of all activities and participants. Therefore, we consider the optimization of material and information flows as important components within the entire supply chain.
Successful companies professionalize the "Supply Chain Planning" increasingly.
By representing the (planning) processes, the flexibility increases and bottlenecks are revealed. Upon improvement, we consider the following processes:
- Sales & Demand Planning
- Production Planning
- Inventory & Operations Planning (SI&OP)
- Distribution Planning