Gaining an advantage during what is the biggest business disruption in decades calls for a renewed look at the supply chain
June 24, 2020
Global supply chain and operations consulting firm Maine Pointe is the sponsor of a white paper published by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI), titled “End-to-End Supply Chain Synchronization: Orchestrating a Winning Strategy.” The white paper outlines eight best practices to increase total value across the supply chain, highlighting how in today’s climate, synchronization is even more important as the global pandemic continues to disrupt, bring out hidden vulnerabilities and expose new risks.
Part of a series of influential papers, “End-to-End Supply Chain Synchronization: Orchestrating a Winning Strategy” is essential for CxOs and supply chain leaders anxious to unlock value and transform their supply chain into a competitive weapon. The paper’s authors interviewed 13 leading companies across seven industries to examine how benchmark companies are gaining clarity on their core business drivers and linking the supply chain and associated processes to those drivers. The paper concludes that when this strategy is executed, it can drive a sustained competitive advantage.
Now is the time for a new look at the supply chain
“Gaining an advantage during what is the biggest business disruption in decades calls for a renewed look at the supply chain,” said Steven Bowen, CEO of Maine Pointe. “We’re seeing new issues come to light that must be addressed. The first step in responding is stabilization, followed by recovery and a new rebalancing of the supply chain. A fully integrated and synchronized supply chain, driven by Total Value Optimization (TVO)™, can be one of the greatest value drivers in the organization.”
Strategy for pandemic response is stabilize, recover, rebalance
The paper is especially relevant for companies looking for a strategy to stabilize, recover, and rebalance as a response to the pandemic-driven disruption. According to the paper, many supply chain leaders are still out of sync with the goals of the business, and supply chain leaders are sometimes relegated to a supporting role. Leading organizations however, are achieving sustained levels of success by synchronizing supply chain operations and their core business drivers, thereby unlocking the full potential of the supply chain as a competitive advantage.
Synchronization is the next step
“End-to-end integration, collaboration, platform management, digitization – all are tools to achieve an end: Increasing total value across the supply chain,” said GSCI Fellow and co-author, Michael Burnette. “Synchronization is the next step. Going through the synchronization process allows companies to create a value chain for long-term organizational success.”
The white paper reveals real-life case studies of how companies defined core business drivers and improved their end-to-end supply chains with sustainable value. In one case study illustrated in the paper, an omnichannel retailer facing a shrinking market was able to decrease working capital by 25 percent and reduce logistics spend by 7 to 12 percent, saving tens of millions of dollars. An alternative energy provider facing tariff challenges and a dynamic market shift optimized distribution networks, drove value through strategic procurement strategies and redesigned products to improve EBITDA by 13.5 percent. Also, a high-tech provider of systems and solutions to multiple markets overcame the high cost of domestic manufacturing by creating a centralized global procurement strategy to reduce global spend by 10.5 percent.
The authors of the white paper, through their survey, have analyzed over 100 separate synchronization practices to find the eight best practices used to drive lasting value:
- Multifunctional strategy leadership/ownership
- Aligned core business driver
- Solid supply chain foundation (E2E, dependable)
- Skills and capabilities to enable synchronization
- Value stream mapping and flow charting
- Segmentation to create focus
- Supply chain agility to enable synchronization
- E2E supply chain visibility and optimization (digital)
The “End-to-End Supply Chain Synchronization: Orchestrating a Winning Strategy” paper, which features a number of Maine Pointe case studies, is the fifth in GSCI’s Supply Chain Strategy series. It is authored by Mike Burnette, Dan Pellathy, PhD, and Scott Meline, with contributing editor Ted Stank, PhD. Other papers published in collaboration with Maine Pointe include “End-to-end supply chain collaboration practices,” “Supply chain integration strategy: Best practices,” and “Driving shareholder value with your supply chain.”
About Maine Pointe
Maine Pointe, a member of the SGS Group, is a global supply chain and operations consulting firm trusted by many chief executives and private equity firms to drive compelling economic returns for their companies. We achieve this by delivering accelerated, sustainable improvements in EBITDA, cash and growth across their procurement, logistics, operations and data analytics. Our hands-on implementation experts work with executives and their teams to rapidly break through functional silos and transform the plan-buy-make-move-fulfill digital supply chain to deliver the greatest value to customers and stakeholders at the lowest cost and risk to business. We call this Total Value Optimization (TVO)™.
Maine Pointe’s engagements are results-driven and deliver between 4:1-8:1 ROI. We are so confident in our work and our processes that we provide a unique 100% guarantee of engagement fees based on annualized savings. http://www.mainepointe.com
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.
About the Global Supply Chain Institute
The Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, shapes and influences the practice of supply chain management by serving as the preeminent global hub for leading practitioners, academics, and students to learn, network, and connect. With the largest assembly of corporate partners of any university-based supply chain management program, more than 1,200 students studying the subject, and the top-ranked faculty globally for supply chain research, UT’s GSCI is shaping the practice of supply chain management. Please visit http://gsci.utk.edu/ or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook for more information.
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