SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Lean manufacturing is a series of approaches designed to identify and remove unnecessary waste in processing, while improving quality and efficiency.

Lean Manufacturing

The Lean process helps companies reap the benefits of faster processes with lower cost and higher quality. The process removes all nonvalue-added tasks and steps in the operations process.

The question Solomon Bruce Consultants ask is, “What does this step contribute to the overall operation?” Surprisingly, in many cases, the answer is nothing. If that is the case, we seek to eliminate that step in order to reduce waste and duplication and increase profitability.

Business Analysis Process

Solomon Bruce Consultants use an initial diagnostic analysis tool that enables companies to identify and focus on only the process changes that will quickly yield the biggest differences, ensuring faster results with smaller initial investment. The approach begins with understanding the company’s value stream, and then moves rapidly to mapping out processes and costs. Next, we identify a company’s full potential through such measures as bottleneck analysis and industry benchmarking. Finally, we target areas for improvement. Solomon Bruce’s analytical, data-based approach has enabled cost savings totaling many millions of dollars through process improvements.

Just-in-time (JIT)

How would you like to cut lead time from days to hours? Reduce defects and errors and inventory by 50%? Increase productivity by 25%-50%? Improve customer service by 100%? These goals can be achieved through the proven and effective Lean Management, Six Sigma, and Kaizen strategies. Executives who develop a working knowledge of these processes are much better prepared to build the right infrastructure and lead their organizations to both financial and personal success.

Logistics

Do you have a logistics strategy that provides value throughout the entire process? Supply Chain Management (SCM) spans the movement and storage of raw materials to finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

The following topics include logistics:

  1. Warehousing
  2. Transportation
  3. Purchasing
  4. Distribution
  5. Inventory Management
  6. Materials Flow
  7. Global Logistics
  8. Information Technology

Your SCM strategy should combine both strategic and tactical change, and reflect a holistic approach that views the supply chain from beginning to end and coordinates efforts so that whole improvement is achieved—from revenue to costs to asset utilization.

Solomon Bruce Consultants have the experience to assist you with the following 7 principles of SCM (as identified by Supply Chain Management Review).

  1. Segmenting customers based on the service needs of distinct groups and adapt the supply chain to serve these segments profitably.
  2. Customizing the logistics network to the service requirements and profitability of customer segments.
  3. Listen to market signals and align demand planning accordingly across the supply chain, ensuring consistent forecasts and optimal resource allocation.
  4. Differentiating product closer to the customer and speed conversion across the supply chain.
  5. Managing sources of supply strategically to reduce the total cost of owning materials and services.
  6. Developing a supply chain-wide technology strategy that supports multiple levels of decision-making and gives a clear view of the flow of products, services, and information.
  7. Adopting channel-spanning performance measures to gauge collective success in reaching the end-user effectively and efficiently.

Efficient Customer Response (ECR)

What are your customer touchpoints? ECR consists of four main components: product mix, product replenishment, product promotion, and product introductions. Understanding how your customer interacts with each throughout the process is key in understanding your customer.

Category Management (CM)

Have you considered treating your product categories as business units and customizing them to satisfy customer needs? We’ll take a close look at your customers and their buying habits and what this can do to make their experience a positive one with your company—time and time again.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

What processes do you use to track and organize your contacts with current and prospective customers? Do you have CRM software in place to support these processes? Typical CRM goals are to improve services provided to customers and to use customer contact information for targeted marketing.