Supply chain strategy

When designing a supply chain, companies are faced with a variety of strategic decisions, such as whether to go with centralized or decentralized production and inventory management, or insourcing and outsourcing.

4flow supports businesses with supply chain strategy development. Customer requirements are optimally harmonized through supply chain design, which results in a decisive competitive advantage.

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Mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are often an integral part of a successful growth strategy. Synergy potentials offer the opportunity to reduce a portion of the costs and make business more profitable. Yet, what sounds so simple proves complex and expensive to implement. Organizations and their processes must be brought together, their systems integrated, and their value chains unified.

4flow helps companies identify the synergy potentials of a merger. The focus here is on value chains and the supply chain, from both a physical and organizational perspective.  4flow also supports with the operational implementation afterwards.

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Supply chain segmentation

Global supply chains, specificity, diversified product portfolios, digitization and disruptive innovations are creating more and more complexity in supply chains. Such complexity cannot be quelled with a "one-size-fits-all" approach. By segmenting the supply chain, however, the complexity can be mastered.

Through a tried-and-tested approach to supply chain segmentation, 4flow creates specific and cost-optimized processes while adapting to the market environment, risk profile and technology landscape. Our project experience shows that this can significantly reduce supply chain costs while increasing customer satisfaction.

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E-commerce and omni-channel

Digitization is constantly changing customers’ shopping habits as well as their expectations about the range of goods and services offered. Companies with business models based solely on e-commerce require perfectly functioning supply chains in order to manage growth, maintain the perfect customer experience and keep costs under control.  For companies entering this dynamic market environment and expanding their business models to include e-commerce, it is important to understand the supply chain requirements of new distribution channels in order to take advantage of the synergies of traditional and Internet-based sales channels.

With a holistic fulfillment approach that has been successfully applied in countless customer projects, 4flow supports the development of an adaptive supply chain strategy and enables both omni-channel and online pure players to realize significant cost savings at all points along the value chain.

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Business development

Increasing globalization of the economy and e-commerce has created steady growth in both global and domestic supply chain service sectors. This has opened up opportunities for companies to tap into new sources of revenue.

4flow supports customers in the field of business development – drawing on many years of cross-disciplinary experience in logistics and supply chain management, 4flow applies its expertise across a broad portfolio of business areas as well as their requirements and cost structures. As a result, customers realize benefits including the establishment of new, sustainable customer groups and revenue streams, as well as the selection and implementation of new business areas for logistics service providers for the long term.

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IT strategy

To make full use of the benefits of digitization, many companies find that their existing IT landscape presents the biggest challenges. When it comes to existing supply chain systems or innovative IT solutions, the strategic question is whether to develop the existing systems further or fully realign.

4flow supports clients with strategy development for IT landscapes by taking a process-based approach to define functional requirements and performs comprehensive assessments of current and potential systems. By doing so, 4flow enables clients to implement a future-ready IT strategy to support overall corporate strategy with full retention of operational capacity at all times.

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Supply chain flexibilization

Long lead times, intercontinental supply chains, global delivery bottlenecks and fixed order commitments pose considerable challenges for businesses today, both in a financial sense and in terms of performance. And that is where flexible supply chains enter the picture. The vision: Get the entire supply chain in sync with your customers. To do so, inventory has to be reduced drastically, response times have to be shortened, and suitable supply chain concepts need to be implemented.

With the 4flow approach, making supply chains flexible is based on analyzing network design, the management process and implementation from customer to production all the way to the suppliers, from end to end. In addition to a plan that takes the whole chain into consideration, 4flow supports implementation in all dimensions, often driving large-scale change processes.

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Supply chain organization

Strong corporate growth along with internationalization or mergers & acquisitions are common reasons for needing to change how supply chain is organized. The challenges often include the need to rework business processes in all areas of supply chain.

4flow supports businesses with alignment of their supply chain organizations. Among the accomplishments 4flow gets for clients are the seamless integration of previously separate organizational units, establishment of a future-ready organization aligned with corporate strategy and the elimination of inefficient trade-offs.

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Change management

Developing and introducing new processes, structures, and methods require changes to how employees usually do things. An end-to-end approach involving all key people is vital to successfully implemented change projects.

With 4flow’s proven solution-finding approach, acceptance in the organization for the new processes is created and ensures implementation. Changes are supported in all project phases thanks to appropriate communication activities about the progress of the project.

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