Supply chain network design

The study of the network design is a decision-making aid at a strategic level, which aims to redesign or optimize the supply chain network of an organization. Alternative scenarios are qualified on the basis of projections assumptions of the activities of a company, respecting the offer of service to customers.

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Your problems

    • Align the network architecture with your service offer
    • Differentiate the service policy according to products and customers
    • Balance stocks according to the quality of service
    • Allocate markets and types of customers to different distribution sites
    • Resize network and network sites to accommodate changing business
    • Optimize the network following disposals or reconciliations
    • Evaluate the robustness of the network against the risks « what-if » or « stress test » scenarios
    • Simulate strategic sourcing or distribution schema decisions
    • Increase revenue and operating margin
    • Optimize the operating costs of the supply chain and limit investments
    • Reduce the need for bottom funds (BFR)
    • Optimize the use of existing resources

Our convictions

A complete and shared strategic vision
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• Build the supply chain with actors with knowledge of markets and customers
• Consider the strategic plan, with changes by market, by site, by product family
• Compare alternative scenarios with the current organisation projected in a future context
A transversal approach within the organization
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Positioning thinking beyond the Supply Chain : approach impacting the entire company
• Identify contraints and scope of possibilities with the company's decision-makers
Involve key players over the duration of the project, from the identification of scenarios to their evaluation
A modelling adapted to the precision of the entrants
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• Opt for the modelling approach in line with the reliability of the assumptions made
• Adapt the depth level of the study to the accuracy and robustness of the activity data
• Build on the best modelling tools in the market depending on the context
A pragmatic and quantified roadmap
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Decline the target in a series of steps adapted to the context of the company
• Encrypt each step of the roadmap to build and steer the business plan
• Propose a plan of complete transformation plan: technical, process and social impacts

Our solutions and know-how

  • Vision: Seminars, Workshops and Interviews

    Facilitate seminars to build and validate the strategic vision with the members of the management committee.
    Organize workshops and interviews to work on the supply chain or strategic plan.
    Our tools: DCA brainstorming, thematic interviews, benchmarks.

  • Data analysis: « make visual figures »

    To control the coherence of the data provided with tools dedicated to the analysis of data in mass, to aggregate data with the desired mesh. Make visible the key elements by restoring the main activity figures of sites, flows, transport, stocks.
    Our tools: Access and Excel based data analysis tools, modelling and mapping software, etc.

  • Impacts on the organization

    Study the impacts on different areas and functions of the company: technical, economic, social, systems, customers and suppliers, etc.
    Our tools: RACI, process flowchart, job descriptions, RFI and RFQ, business case, ROI calculation, contract studies and conditions

  • Immersion: Qualitative and Quantitative

    Collect information and understand the existing supply chain.
    Our tools: Questionnaires, data collection specifications, Flowcharts and process flowcharts, Thematic interview materials, Site visits

  • Market modelling tools

    Extend the range of possibilities to find an optimum, test complex scenarios, multiply alternative scenarios, calculate isochrones for the respect of the service offer, maximize the use of a particular site, use conditional minimums …
    Our tools: Network Optimization Module, Documentation and Expert Support, Benchmarks

  • Change Management

    Guarantee the change in the organization at this stage of the design of the future Supply Chain scheme.
    Our tools: IMCM repository, change tectonics, communication plan

Your gains

Customer Satisfaction
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• Improve the definition and respect of the service offer
• Increase the customer service rate
• Better availability and use of stock
• Reduce the « Time To Market »
• Simplify sourcing and transportation policies, and thus reduce the complexity of the flow diagram for teams
Increase: Income and margin
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• Increase in income to isoperimeter
• Growth via new markets and distribution channels
• Improvement of the margin (gains on purchases or distribution related to the passage via dispatch hub ...)
• Billing services (express, premium) at fair value to help increase margin
Reduction: Supply Chain Costs
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• Optimization of transport costs
• Reduced logistics costs
• Risk management, continuity plan
• Decrease in air transport, lower transportation cost and environmental footprint
Optimization of BFR
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• Reduction in the value of the stock: financing and depreciation for obsolescence
• Rationalization of existing assets
• New investments with controlled ROI

Our references in Supply Chain network design

Lincoln / Air liquide



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Nicolas Henry

Supply Chain network design Expert

Nicolas has led numerous assignments in various activity sectors: designing industrial and logistics plans, defining and implementing industrial progress plans and overhauling the Supply Chain. In particular, he worked on the redesign of the Paredes, Bioderma and Laboratoire Boiron Supply Chain organizations.