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. Strong fluctuations in volume and lot size, material management processes and methods that are not aligned with the distribution process and critical inventory levels are all classic situations companies are confronted with.

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 modern supply chain concepts need to be implemented.

Supply chain flexibilization can reduce costs for the long term

When the supply chain is made more flexible, processes and structures are created that are optimally configured for volatile market conditions. This way costs in the supply chain can be reduced sustainably.

Typical cost reductions achieved by 4flow include:

  • Reduction of order commitments with suppliers by more than 80 percent
  • Optimization and automation of order processes
  • Less material inventory in manufacturing and finished goods
  • Reduction of replenishment times for production materials
  • Significant reductions in obsolete inventory

    With the 4flow approach, flexibilization of the supply chain 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. Existing processes and structures are then compared with best practices and areas in which action is required are identified.

    In addition to a plan that takes the whole chain into consideration, 4flow supports implementation in all dimensions and often drives large-scale changes.

    If required, 4flow also takes over the extensive training of individuals in the organization and holds workshops and can also negotiate with suppliers on a client's behalf.

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