Customers throughout the world want to be supplied with goods in the shortest possible timeframe. At the same time, the supply chain needs to be lean and efficient. Where is the optimal trade-off? How can we achieve both?
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, insourcing and outsourcing, alternative purchasing and distribution strategies, or between push production and pull production. A variety of questions, all of which are related, must be answered for an optimal supply chain strategy.
Meeting customer requirements efficiently with an optimal supply chain strategy
4flow supports companies 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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Among the benefits for 4flow clients:
- Identification and modularization of customer requirements
- Selection of best and most suitable operating model
- Application of best practices for an efficient supply chain design
- Modularization of the supply chain and definition of optimal designs for individual segments
- Optimal location and outsourcing decisions
- Production footprint improvements
- Decisions on appropriate production types (push or pull control or combination thereof)
Supply chain flexibilization
A flexible supply chain ensures that businesses are able to compete in a volatile market environment and reduces working capital.
Supply chain organization
Supply chain organization is much more complex today than ever before. This is an advantage, since it offers even more potential for improving efficiency, agility and speed.
IT strategy for supply chain
Requirements for the end-to-end value chain must be considered when designing a holistic IT logistics landscape.