Supply chain management is all about providing the right product in the right quantity to the right place at the right time. Seems simple, but it can get complicated:
- Technology: emerging technology is changing the way that materials move and inventory is managed. Is your workforce accepting and leveraging new technology? Are you getting the results you had anticipated? What does performance mean here?
- Cost: with freight, handling, storage and labour costs steadily increasing, and regulations requiring greater scrutiny and compliance, costs are under pressure. Are you struggling with knowing or managing cost? Is it getting the attention it deserves? What does performance mean here?
- Talent: your workforce is both aging and intergenerational, introducing new challenges into your supply chain organization. Is knowledge being transferred? Are new procedures and technology being adopted? Is your labour effectiveness where you need it? What does performance mean here?
- Supplier Partnerships: supplier networks are growing in complexity and distance. Technology and logistics has allowed more outsourcing and distributed manufacturing. There is more reliance than ever on outside vendors to manage inventories and tight schedules. Do you have consistent measurement and performance metrics? Is communication effective? Are targets established in both your organization and your suppliers? What does performance mean here?
Across paper mills, shipyards and manufacturing plants, RLG project managers have worked to improve performance in supply chain organizations. If you think we can help your organization, let’s talk.
"Could we have done this on our own? We probably could have generated some improvements, but we almost certainly wouldn't have generated results of the same magnitude and we definitely wouldn't have generated them nearly as quickly." – Vice President, Supply Chain and IT, Paper Manufacturing