Supply Chain Management

Getting the most out of supply chain management 

Resolving supply chain issues is one of the most effective cost reduction routes to generate savings within three to six months. It starts by getting everyone on the same page: by aligning procurement with business strategy, streamlining the supplier base, using data for more sophisticated tracking and analysis of spend, and optimising the inventory mix, your organisation can supercharge its competitive positioning.

There’s also a flipside. While supply improvement offers the opportunity for significant savings, it can also be one of the largest drains on resources, particularly if ownership is fragmented. dss+ helps companies enhance supply chain management without augmenting operational risk, without business interruption, and with a plan tailored to their circumstances. 

Key elements of supply chain management with dss+ 

  • Strategic sourcing 
    Our fact-based approach focuses where it counts: on high-spend or high-risk contracts to improve overall value. It typically goes beyond pricing and augments the key value drivers of the supply partnership. This comprehensive approach combines innovative “clean sheet” strategies with robust tactical approaches that identify new sourcing opportunities, expanded vendor universes, thorough competitive processes, and also includes operational readiness plans. The result makes a big difference to the bottom line: typical savings range from 8% to 20% of category spend. 
  • Contractor management 
    Much like a supply chain crisis, contractor woes can also be a monumental headache. Improved commercial agreements with service providers are not enough to assure best value, as the quality and specifics of contracted services can vary greatly during delivery. Overcharges, change orders, overtime, low quality personnel and work can hammer away at what once seemed like a strong negotiated advantaged rate structure.  Our aim is not to change your systems, but to build specific methods to create immediate results and a working process for continuous improvement. 
  • Supply chain optimisation 
    A lot of working capital is tied up in inventory and goods in transit. Bringing cost-efficient operations and better liquidity to life requires an effective in-bound supply chain strategy. One that determines the most efficient and cost-effective logistics, the right-sized inventory to slash slow-moving inventory and overstocks, and best practice warehousing processes. Our expertise in designing an effective in-bound supply chain operating system includes annual plans, maintenance and purchasing strategies that deliver significant cost benefits and supply chain risk mitigation. 
  • Supplier collaboration 
    With greater supply maturity comes the need for a system that continues to improve purchases of goods and services, and engineers cost out of the supplier partnership. We’ll give you that birds-eye view through a series of rapid diagnostics with your top suppliers. That way you identify efficiency gains and equitable sharing of benefits. We help you create a programme framework, train your personnel, and establish and deliver a continuous pipeline of improvement ideas for long term value generation. 

Featured insights

We live in a volatile age. But there’s never been a better opportunity to reshape your actions and create a better world. Explore our thoughts on transformation and best practices in dynamic times.

This business leadership article on strategic sourcing will help organisations improve business continuity.

Learn More

Businesses can implement short term actions to strengthen the supply chain and prepare for the future to sustain a reliable and resilient supply chain system.

Learn More

Strategic sourcing is a lever companies should focus on to reduce cost, sustain operations and thrive as a successful business in the future.

Learn More