Our standardized Supply Chain Fingerprint® method enables us to gain a clear overview of the current state of a product's or company's value chain quickly and in a minimally invasive manner. It can be used for a range of purposes:
- Finding a strategic approach: e.g. by analyzing the current situation in order to identify a new supply chain strategy or new challenges
- Evaluating business processes: e.g. in terms of the degree of maturity, excellence, etc.
- Making continuous improvements: by identifying potential areas of optimization
The key task involved in this method is process analysis, which is underpinned by primary data analysis. This involves identifying how information and materials actually flow from the supplier to the customer and examining the level of performance in accordance with lean principles. We show how processes are embedded in existing organizational structures and system landscapes. What's more, we use our findings to uncover vulnerabilities, including issues that we can rectify immediately as “quick wins” and areas requiring structural changes.
We examine the relevant supply chain processes and gauge them in terms of:
- Systematization (organizational integration)
- Digitalization (technical integration)
- Design principles (activation principle, efficiency/lean orientation, measured parameters, continuous improvements, etc.)
Before we can recommend far-reaching changes to a supply chain, we analyze the position of the company and its products in the market. What are the company's unique selling points? What are its greatest opportunities? What improvements will prove worthwhile?
The Supply Chain Fingerprint® creates a portrait of what makes a company unique and enables us to identify a set of targets for the supply chain. The method provides a solid foundation from which to devise effective strategies.