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Advancing globalization, digital networking and technological progress are leading to increasingly complex procurement and
sales markets. Supply chain management has to adapt to dynamically changing environments, especially in sectors which are characterized by strong levels of exports.
Buyers have to face the following challenges.
Time-to-market – Response and adaptation speed are critical success factors in increasingly individualized and digitalized markets with a high number of versions and components, as well as shorter product life cycles and throughput times.
Efficient material and information flows – Stricter requirements governing product quality and constant price pressure require continuous resource optimization through the standardized recording and control of all production and material flows of raw materials, components, semi-finished products and finished products, as well as ordering and logistics processes.
Flexible procurement networks – Having the capability to flexibly absorb fluctuations in ordering levels in volatile and individualized markets requires continual value stream analysis, including the checking and consolidation of procurement from alternative supply sources as required.
Transparency – Manufacturing companies today are expected to transparently map their value creation chains, from raw material
suppliers to end customers, to enable verification of product quality and reliability, sustainability and compliance with other production standards in line with applicable standards. A
standardized, high-performance database and software base, coupled with coordinated production technologies and processes, are prerequisites for this.
SMART cs handles these challenges in Supply Chain Management by enabling companies to proactively organize and continuously optimize their procurement, production and delivery processes, tailored to their very own needs.
In commerce, Supply Chain Management (SCM) is defined as the management of the flow of goods and services. This includes the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process
inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. Interconnected, interrelated or interlinked networks, channels and node businesses combine in the provision
of products and services required by end customers in a supply chain. SCM is characterized through the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply-chain activities with the
objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring
From a general point of view even marketing channels play an important role in supply-chain management; especially concerning topics related to sustainability and risk management. The entire aspect of “people dimension” in SCM has to take into account ethical issues, internal integration, transparency/visibility as well as human capital/talent management.
SMART cs provides flexible management capacities with comprehensive specialist skill sets and project experience. Benefit from our cross-industrial expertise, process reliability and resilient leadership skills. We record all the steps in the value creation chain and deploy methods, such as Lean Production to successfully resolve the specific issues encountered by the client's company. Obviously, we support the structural adaptability of the corporate organization, and its ability to renew itself in the long term, beyond merely managing complex programs and solving numerous tasks.
We provide the expert knowledge in order to assess the productivity of a supply-chain and to enhance the productivity. We transfer our knowledge on how to exploit existing assets through improved
coordination and can hence be a source of competitive advantage. We add value to the entire process through the various sectors from the ordering of the raw materials to the final product.
Most of the knowledge needed to be a successful SCM consultant is acquired from a mix of on-the-job learning experiences, attending industry events, learning best practices with our peers, and reading specific literature in the field.
The use of external consultants is a common practice among companies. The entire consulting process generally involves the analysis of the entire supply-chain process, including the countermeasures or correctives to take to achieve a better overall performance.
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