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Do you need to make significant, lasting improvements in supply chain costs, cycle times or service levels?

Whether you are responsible for overall supply chain efficiency, or simply trying to adapt a facility to support new supply chain goals, High Performance Concepts can help. We can help you develop an improvement strategy, create an action plan and get results.

Our MAXiT® methodology is proven, comprehensive and systematic. MAXiT helps you address needs for improved processes, organizational roles and relationships, information flow, facilities, and performance measurement. Our four phased approach spans assessment, planning, design, and implementation.

Most successful supply chain improvement efforts include a combination of changes – in strategy, processes, facility networks, organizations and partners, systems integration, and performance measures. Listed below are some of the improvements we help our clients to achieve. If you face similar challenges, we can help you succeed.

  • Vision, Strategy & Opportunity Identification: Some clients ask us to help them develop a supply chain vision before they begin improvement efforts. Others come to us when they discover that they have no overall supply chain strategy to guide projects already launched. By developing and communicating a clear vision and strategy, you can ensure that all of your improvements point in the same direction. Some of the ways we can help are:
    • Define your supply chain goals and mission
    • Define the markets, channels and customers that you serve
    • Translate consumer needs, customer needs and business objectives into products, services and capabilities
    • Identify competitive advantage of product focus, customer focus or operational excellence
    • Assess current processes, organizations, information systems and facilities
    • Benchmark performance and set baselines
    • Evaluate existing projects against stated goals
    • Translate your supply chain strategy into prioritized improvement projects
    • Evaluate possible sale or purchase of supply chain resources
  • Streamlined & Synchronized Processes and Operations: Only streamlined, integrated processes can truly improve coordination of activities within and across facilities, organizations and companies. By synchronizing operations throughout your supply chain, you can drastically reduce inventory, while improving cycle times and customer service. The goal: transform your supply chain into a cohesive network of value-adding capabilities. Specifically, we can help you to improve the following:
    • Product development, engineering and launch
    • Marketing, sales and customer management
    • Forecasting and demand planning
    • Scheduling (schedule sharing with customers and suppliers, multi-facility finite capacity scheduling, supply chain run strategies)
    • Production and order fulfillment (lean, cellular manufacturing)
    • Distribution, logistics and inventory management
    • Material handling and storage
    • Change and configuration control
    • Material and supplier management
    • Resource management
    • Other vital processes involving multiple groups and trading partners
    • Project and program management
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  • Capable Production & Distribution Facilities & Networks: Three key components in any supply chain improvement effort are facility capabilities, facility locations and the allocation of activities among facilities. We can help you analyze the location and capabilities of your current operations, and map them against the demands and locations of your upstream and downstream partners. Some examples of ways we can help:
    • Analyze current and potential capabilities of your existing facilities
    • Simulate existing and proposed facilities and networks
    • Redesign your network of supply chain capabilities
    • Create logistics and real estate strategy
    • Determine location of future production and distribution facilities
    • Reallocate products and processes among plants and distribution centers
    • Develop layouts for new and existing facilities — Plant, warehouse, office or lab
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  • Improved Organizational Capability, Outsourcing and Partnering: Many companies seek to improve supply chain performance by outsourcing non-core processes. Partners who specialize in inbound or outbound transportation, production, and even customer service can often do more for less. In addition to gains in productivity, benefits of outsourcing can include improved return on assets, improved service levels, and ability to grow faster. Unfortunately, outsourcing does not always live up to its promise. Success depends on choosing the right processes, partners, and incentives, in addition to defining and managing relationships. We can help you:
    • Identify your desired and actual core competencies
    • Assess and develop skills, culture, and organizations
    • Improve individual, group and organizational capabilities
    • Identify benefits and potential pitfalls of outsourcing specific processes
    • Analyze risk of outsourcing in terms of quality, service, cost, and customer goodwill
    • Identify and evaluate potential partners
    • Develop detailed specifications for partner service performance
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  • Information Sharing and Systems Integration: Effective supply chains rely on accurate and timely information, whether you outsource major processes or do everything yourself. By implementing and integrating systems and processes that provide visibility throughout your supply chain, you can advance beyond local optimization of individual partners and facilities. We have proven methodologies for systematic planning, specification and implementation of both packaged software and custom information systems. Specifically we can help you with the following systems:
    • Point of Sale (POS)
    • Web Store Front
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Sales Force Automation (SFA)
    • Product and Sales Configurator
    • Forecasting and Demand Management
    • Transportation Management Systems (TMS) – for inbound and outbound
    • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
    • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other Automatic Identification
    • Supply Chain Planning and Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS)
    • Supply Chain Event Management (SCEM)
    • Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP)
    • Quality Management Systems (QMS)
    • Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), including Factory Automation
    • Procurement and e-Procurement
    • Trading Exchange
    • Electronic Data Interchange and Electronic Commerce (EDI/EC)
    • Product Data Management (PDM)
    • Facilities and Plant Engineering
    • Maintenance Management System (MMS)
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  • Performance Measures and Targets: As companies improve their supply chains, they must often improve performance measures. Our consultants can help you to improve the measurement of customer service, cost, productivity, quality, cycle time and safety. Our services include assessment, definition and implementation. When needed, we benchmark the measures and the actual performance of other companies. We also create baselines and measure on-going progress. The knowledge, experience, and unbiased position of our associates can help your team create fair and accurate performance measures. More information

 

  • Education: On-site courses focused on how to use our methods to assess, plan, design and implement supply chain improvements. Courses include Supply Chain Process Improvement; Supply Chain Information Systems; Supply Chain Facilities and Networks; and Supply Chain Performance Measurement. More information

Please see our list of Typical Projects for a description of some of the ways we have helped our clients.

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