Supply chain planning and execution systems are critical to running a business. Supply chain design tools are critical to determining how a business should run.
Supply chain management isn’t as simple as getting the right products to your customers at the right time. Is your supply chain designed for excellence? Are you able to accurately forecast demand to meet service requirements and delight your customers? How will you use all available data to visualise the future of your supply chain? The best-run global supply chains focus on all three to create a supply chain that’s a competitive differentiator.
The modern supply chain is an increasingly complex and volatile network that often stretches across multiple regions and supports numerous market segments. With this complexity, the impacts of change are harder to determine and the risks involved with being unprepared increase. Changes in demand, shifts in commodity prices, supply disruptions, variability in transportation availability, natural disasters, geopolitical change and regulatory issues all impact the flow of goods to market.
A suboptimal supply chain can mean millions of dollars wasted on inefficient processes and ineffective improvement projects. Supply chain design software enables fast, data-backed answers to tough supply chain questions. Model your end-to-end supply chain to visualise inefficiencies, optimise for significant improvements in cost, service and risk; and test hundreds of potential scenarios for continuous supply chain visibility, improvement and innovation.
Bring your supply chain data to life in easy-to-understand maps, graphs and dashboards. A digital model of the supply chain helps identify potential problems and areas of inefficiency or risk.
Answer supply chain questions by evaluating and comparing dozens of scenarios side-by-side. Make strategic decisions and react rapidly to planned and unplanned supply chain disruptions.
Identify optimal supply chain designs based on assumptions around demand, costs, lead times and availability. Show the cost-optimal network design and the optimal design given variations in assumptions and business objectives.
Reduce risk by testing supply chain changes before enacting them. Execute the supply chain in a digital environment to factor in variability for each individual transaction, decision and movement throughout the supply chain.
Given the new global reality of volatility, complexity and rapid change, supply chain design has become a critical business function. Forward-thinking businesses are continuously redesigning and improving their supply chains by using modelling technology to examine how their supply chains will perform under a wide range of market conditions and assumptions and analysing the trade-offs of cost, service and risk.
Supply chain design is now a must-have capability for businesses to keep up with the pace of change and to sustain a competitive advantage. Leading multinational companies have created centres of excellence (COE) and put in place an integrated supply chain design platform and business processes to rapidly and accurately answer tough supply chain what-if questions for improved decision support.