Supply Chain Management: A Board Room Imperative
The interaction between the numerous business functions from sourcing, production and distribution to sales, combined with working capital and funding constraints mean that managing and optimising supply chains requires an interrelated set of solutions. The very best companies such as Amazon and Apple continue to evolve and innovate in how they manage their supply chains, but supply chain management can be complicated.
Globalisation, changing customer requirements, increasingly complex distribution networks or managing a return to growth following an economic downturn, all make managing supply chains more difficult. Furthermore, structural changes to a company’s supply chain - requirements to supply new markets or achieve synergies in postmerger situations can add a further layer of supply chain complexity.
In this white paper, we outline the six key levers for supply chain improvement and the contextual observations that indicate when something may not be optimised, and how companies should go about addressing these areas. Based on FTI Consulting’s experience in supporting clients develop and improve their supply chain, we see three key benefits from supply chain optimisation:
- Effective supply chain management is a key enabler for growth
- An effective supply chain can offer substantial business advantage
- Supply chain management has a significant impact on profitability
It’s clear that for companies to effectively operate in a competitive environment, optimising their supply chains needs to be an ongoing board level imperative.