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Supply Chain Management Defined 

 A supply chain encompasses the entire chain of activities that add value to a product or service, from innovation to customer service.

Supply Chains Make the Company

The supply chain is complex: from sources of raw material, to a company's manufacturing plants, to distributors, to final consumers. But it’s also important: supply chain design determines how 100 percent of the company's value is delivered to its customers.

Effective supply chain management is essential if a company is to gain share, increase growth, and command price premiums. Innovative supply chain solutions can redefine an entire industry – such innovations were at the heart of pioneering new businesses like Dell Computers and Amazon.com.

Issues in Supply Chain Performance

Faulty supply chains incur losses through excess working capital, high costs, and missed sales. In contrast, supply chain leaders outperform competitors by more than 50 percent on key metrics such as inventory turnover.

Without superb service, no company can survive in the long run. Customers increasingly demand complex, design-specific products on very short notice. Supply chain management is vital to the strategic health of every product-based company.

R-e-volution helps Improve Supply Chain Performance

R-e-volution can get supply chains working at peak efficiency. Our supply chain enhancements are focused on reducing cost and lead time while simultaneously improving service. 

R-e-volution works with clients to help them realise tangible performance improvement in their supply chains - and build the self-sustaining capabilities that ensure these results endure. 

R-e-volution does not sell software, integration, or logistics services - so our advice is objective. Using a team-based approach and by focusing on the biggest levers of value, we deliver fast improvements, not a two-year program to solve everything.

When working clients we take a top-down strategic approach to the supply chain, understanding that its management involves more than operations or logistics. We start from the client’s business strategies, and then help frame a vision for the future and define the steps to get there, which leads to a determination of a client's unique, appropriate asset configuration.

It is part and parcel of our way of working to ask the "what if" questions and craft and implement specific and practical customised solutions.

We help break organisational boundaries to ensure that all members of the extended enterprise (from suppliers to customers) work together to manage the conflicting objectives of all of the functions within a supply chain. It is important to bear in mind that our approach is grounded in the fact that no constraint is sacred - all aspects of the supply chain are challenged in order to understand, unbundle, and unleash its full potential.

As the business environment changes, so do the demands on supply chains. Our work with clients on their supply chains enables them to be innovators, to maximise the wellbeing of their total economic enterprise, and to outperform their competitors.

How we go about Supply Chain Management engagements

In keeping with our rigorous consulting approach R-e-volution typically conducts a thorough, 6- to 8-week analysis by measuring defects, delays and returns; mapping organisational processes; and assessing systems to identify the largest opportunities.

Based on our findings an Agenda for Improvement is developed in close consultation with our client management.

Over the next six to eight months, this Agenda is implemented to achieve the planned outcomes and results. We provide client implementation teams with support for the most difficult and critical initiatives.

When developing supply chain improvement solutions for our clients we are capable of developing strategies that will improve supply chain performance and differentiate themselves from their competitors.

In addition R-e-volution can bring about cost reduction and improved customer service for a client by increasing reliability and decreasing the cycle time in the supply chain.