Managing Director & Partner
BCG helps organizations focus on building resilience and sustainability into their supply chains to mitigate disruptions and trade instability. We also help maximize the return on these critical investments.
In today’s business climate, customer expectations are increasingly diverse, complex, and volatile. Potential markets and optimum manufacturing locations are continually shifting. With increased interdependencies at every level, supply chain networks have become more vulnerable to costly natural and economic disruptions.
Smart companies respond to these pressures by making their supply chains agile, adaptive, and sustainable. They ensure that their supply chain strategy mirrors their overall business strategy. They know that the most effective supply management responds quickly to even small changes in demand—and relies on smart deployment and planned resilience. And they understand that more efficient, greener supply chains deliver benefits for both business and the environment alike.
Though the current circumstances are unprecedented, BCG is able to successfully apply best practices and lessons from previous crises. Above all, companies must make supply chain decisions that are fast, decisive, and accurate. Companies must then implement those decisions rapidly and transparently.
For example, some companies set up control towers that provide end-to-end visibility into their supply chains and other critical assets. When disruptions emerge—or reemerge—they can act swiftly to stabilize their operations.
We help companies reach peak supply chain performance by improving the metrics critical to success:
Our supply chain optimization services span several dimensions.
We begin each supply chain engagement by evaluating a company’s site and market. We assess the performance of the current chain and identify essential areas for improvement.
Then we conduct a comprehensive diagnostic analysis that covers everything from a company’s strategy, network, and processes to its organization, systems, and people. We deliver a detailed implementation plan that we can also help execute.
BCG offers a variety of solutions—from innovation centers to hands-on diagnostic tools—that address the specific requirements of your supply chain.
BCG helps our clients capture real-time, end-to-end visibility over their supply chain with a bionic supply chain strategy. We enable truly digital supply chains in many ways: applying AI to supply chain forecasting and scenario planning, developing and deploying supply chain control towers for quick diagnoses and response, and modeling a company’s entire supply chain with a digital twin in order to pinpoint where volatility, uncertainty, and risk exist—and optimization is possible.
Our Innovation Center for Operations (ICOs) is a network of capabilities and offerings that features 11 model factories in China, France, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, and the United States. At each of these locations, our experts conduct workshops, followed by assessments, that enable business leaders to learn about and experiment with every aspect of supply chain management. The curriculum covers everything from supply chain risk management to blockchain supply chain management. The centers feature iLAB, BCG’s proprietary method for demonstrating the tangible value of supply chain optimization.
Through our unique supply chain enablement offering, the Supply Chain Academy, we cultivate critical skills and deliver conceptual insights and real-life applications. And we deliver on-the-job training to your key employees at your own sites.
Learning opportunities and instructional programs are essential to building world-class capabilities in supply chain management. Our Supply Chain Academy lets you and your employees delve into blockchain supply chain use cases, for example, and gives you access to our experts in supply chain management. As with our model factories, the academy’s coursework combines classroom interactions with real-world scenarios and case studies.
We begin each supply chain consultation by developing cost and performance baselines for your supply chain from end to end. This diagnostic includes a maturity assessment, a quantitative breakdown, and transformation roadmaps. Our supply chain optimization diagnostic optimizes your end-to-end supply chain and is enabled by our online digital tool.
We conduct a detailed supply chain maturity and qualitative assessment to identify capability gaps and provide maturity scoring across 20 supply chain levers. The diagnostic also delivers rapid quantitative analysis of targeted supply chain performance opportunities.
BCG redesigned the supply chain for a specialty chemicals manufacturer, reducing the lead time for orders from eight weeks to four—and for inventory by 30%.
We assessed the supply chain strategy for a commodity chemicals manufacturer, then aligned its segmentation with market needs. As a result, the company achieved a 2% lift in revenue and a 15% drop in inventory.
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