When owning a business who’s sole purpose is to supply a demand, the logistics always seem to be a lot more straightforward than they actually are. In truth, the amount of facets that go into a distribution operation are many and widespread––from inventory management to organizing the shippers to deliver at the right time. Whilst a value stream is a process that starts and ends with the consumer, the supply chain itself has to be such a well oiled machine that the transition between supplier and demand must be beyond smooth. As a business process, having a workable supply chain can be like any other––easy for some, and nigh-on impossible for others; particularly for those who have only just transitioned into the mainstream or upped their business into big production. However, like with any other difficulties faced by businesses in the United States, the best strategy is to source some consulting and move forward. Optimization is key, and with good supply chain consulting, your business will thrive––meaning that customers and stakeholders will be endlessly happy. Logistics of Supply Chain Management A supply chain process itself should be simple — it’s the process from product creation, through manufacturing, into the distribution operation (i.e. shipping and delivering), and to the customer at the end supply chain point. It covers everything from source materials, to the customer, and all stops in between! The bigger the business, the bigger the supply chain will be, which is where problems can start to show. With so many processes between the initial supplier and the consumer, continual improvement is a must — especially for a business that wants to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. With larger supply chains comes the possibility of more disruption, which leads inefficiency, a dip in customer satisfaction, and thus, a loss of profits. It makes sense, therefore, to aim for operational excellence at all times, and seeking the assistance of a recognized leader in supply chain strategy and logistics operations. For the best in supply chain consulting, look no further than Incito. Incito Supply Chain Consulting Incito’s Lean Supply Chain and Consulting are intended to ensure that the many problems that can occur within large supply chains are accounted for and worked around. As the same suggests, they believe in a more streamlined approach — taking lean principles and applying it to the business itself. With years of experience in supply chain operation and data analytics, their trainers can provide a business with the agility to make better decisions, with immediate benefits and less time devoted to fixing problems. Lean Supply Chain Consulting As a global leader in supply chain consulting, Incito has used lean principles to full effect. Their method is to take a strong look at the business itself, break it down into all of its components, and eliminate that which is not of use. With the benefit of their experience, the supply chain consulting team will first seek the main cause of complications in a chain — waste. Time, resources, and too much inventory can all attribute to waste when the supplier is providing the materials to work with to when the product is being distributed. There has to be some margin for error, of course, but by streamlining other assets, the probability of waste is lowered. Everything from procurement to technology usage is checked and upgraded. At that point, the supply chain consultants will look to create an easier roadmap for the business to follow. On the map will be the business priorities, but after looking through all the compiled analytics, they will see what can be eliminated in order to narrow the route to success. The supply chain consultants will then endeavor to use the latest technology to provide a more advanced process, and one that takes less time overall. Through the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence, they can check every stage of the chain in real time and then apply solutions to any problems that arise — whether that be better material handling equipment, a different network design, or an overhaul of the retail outlets that the business is currently supplying to. In today’s complex business climate, nothing is off the table when it comes to improvement and evolution. Beyond the Consultancy After that, the supply chain is evaluated and adapted depending on the data that is amassed. Incito’s insistence on machine learning and using the data that is presented can make the supply chain resiliency untouchable. By looking at the data and continuing to improve with it, the business can thrive and continue having evolved. Making mistakes is always possible in the pursuit of a better working world, but with advanced technologies and help from a recognized leader in logistics, a business can bounce back stronger, better and future proof at all stages of the supply chain. Contact Incito Consulting Group Learn more about Value Stream workshops and training courses when you contact us at 866-697-LEAN or send us a message online. You may want to take advantage of our Lean Six Sigma Consulting services or value stream mapping workshop, which will help you get the most out of all your processes. Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation. About how Incito can help transform your business and tackle your most important strategic challenges.