5 Signs Your Supply Chain Management Needs an Upgrade

Gerry Consulting, Management, Operations

Supply chain management is not just an integral part of your business, it’s also essential to your company’s success. It boosts customer service by keeping your customers satisfied, as they know they can count on your business to meet their needs in a timely, cost-effective matter. Additionally, supply chain management can reduce your operating costs and budget, and it can give you a competitive edge over others in the market.

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Supply Chain Management?

It’s important to remember that your supply chain should be adaptable and ready to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry and your customers. This means there may come a time where it’s necessary to evaluate your current supply chain management to determine if you need to “step it up” a bit. The most effective supply chains are known to deliver products quickly and at the lowest possible cost – all while keeping      quality top priority.

If you’re wondering if it’s time to upgrade your supply chain management, here are five signs to watch for:

  1. You lack a supply chain management plan. Your supply chain plan should be aligned with your overall business strategy and customers’ needs, and defining this plan is key to ensuring you understand and can meet those needs. This way, if future changes are needed, supply chain managers can quickly make the proper adjustments.
  2. You’re operating with bad or outdated data. Is your supply chain based on data from two years ago? Guess what – it’s totally out of date by now. It may be time to find a new supply chain software solution that allows all members of your team to work from the same data set at all times, and you can use these metrics to drive the success of your business.
  3. You aren’t focused on the customer. You need to truly focus on what your customers want. Evaluate your supply needs on a regular basis, several times throughout the year, to ensure you aren’t over- or under-ordering.
  4. There’s a lack of collaboration. Your entire team, from the c-suite to the supply chain manager should understand the benefits of effective supply chain management. If your organization is siloed, it could be that people are working independently towards their own goals instead of creating a successful supply chain.
  5. You have poor communication with your suppliers. Finally, it’s important to form more collaborative relationships with your suppliers. Remember, the success of your business depends on aligning procurement and order replenishment strategies. You’ll need to recognize customer signals rather than demand forecasts to set the pace.

Operational Improvement with Effective Supply Chain Management Solutions from Manufacturing Resource Network

Manufacturing Resource Network has dedicated supply chain management consultants to help address your major cost drivers, helping you reduce inventory and streamline your procurement activities to ensure your company operates as cost-effectively as possible. Our highly experienced supply chain management services  can help your business drive bottom-line results by effectively influencing supply chain sourcing and inventory efficiency.

Our supply chain management services include a procurement assessment, procurement process mapping, supplier development and rationalization, and logistics and distribution management.

Contact us today to learn more about supply chain management services from MRN.