Adapt quickly and cost-effectively to market changes!

Operational Excellence in Supply Chain Management

High cost pressure, supply chain disruptions and increasingly stringent sustainability requirements are just some of the challenges that manufacturing companies are currently facing. If a company is successful in positioning itself operationally in the supply chain environment, logistics costs will decrease and resilience in the value network will increase. A company can only adapt quickly to changing conditions if logistics processes are mastered.

We support you in achieving operational excellence in your processes -- from the supplier to the end customer. In doing so, we combine traditional methods, such as lean logistics and process development, with innovative solutions, such as digitalization, automation and organizational development, in such a way that your logistics is fit for the future from a long-term perspective.

Our Consulting Services in Operational Excellence in Supply Chain Management

Assess the performance of your supply chain

Your challenges:

  • Lack of resilience in supply chains

UNITY solution approach:

  • Evaluate: Compare the target and actual state of your value chain
  • Recommendations for action: Identify potentials and develop areas of action
  • Implement a roadmap: Consolide the identified measures into an implementation roadmap

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Lean and living processes for your organizational transformation

Your challenges:

  • Complex processes with many stakeholders and interdependencies 
  • There is a need for system integration to support end-to-end process design

UNITY solution approach:

  • Potential analysis of existing processes in a best practice comparison
  • Develop end-to-end processes with active involvement of your employees
  • Organizational development in all project phases of the transformation to overcome resistance and concerns
  • Efficiency of business processes by selecting and implementing a system solution
Efficiency through integration - reduce your supply chain costs

Your challenges:

  • Coordination and communication efforts due to complex supply chains and multiple suppliers
  • High costs in transportation, warehousing, packaging, labor, customs and taxes due to lack of visibility across all levels of the supply chain
  • Volatile market conditions and uncertainties such as fluctuations in fuel prices, exchange rate fluctuations, political events and natural disasters
  • Investing in effective logistics management systems and ensuring that these systems interact seamlessly with other enterprise systems and your partners' systems

UNITY solution approach:

  • Establish transparency in the status quo by identifying the main cost drivers in your logistics
  • Benchmarking: Compare your logistics costs and processes with industry standards and best practices, identify areas with potentials for improvement
  • Process optimization: Lean processes and clear responsibilities in the context of competence management, enablement and recruiting
  • Partnerships and negotiations: Action guide for negotiating contracts and terms
  • Technology use: evaluate the use of technologies such as supply chain management systems, transportation management systems, track and trace tools, and warehouse management systems
  • Training and competency building
Innovation and stability through networking

Your challenges:

  • High level of complexity in your supply chain network depending on many variable factors
  • Intransparent material flows and cost allocations
  • Volatility of customer demand and the needed flexibility in site planning and inventory management

UNITY solution approach:

  • Design an agile and flexible network to increase responsiveness to changing market demands
  • Cost efficiency through optimal site planning, intelligent inventory management, and effective transportation solution
  • Define scenarios for designing reliable and disruption-free supply chains
Increase your profitability by optimizing inventories

Your challenges:

  • High inventory levels and capital commitment
  • Inventory losses due to product spoilage or obsolete inventory
  • Supply bottlenecks due to insufficient stocks

UNITY solution approach

  • Improve inventory planning through optimized demand forecasting.
  • Implement inventory management system for monitoring and control, use of modern technologies for maximum transparency
  • Implement inventory reservation processes for securing inventory of important customer orders, introduce just-in-time deliveries or vendor-managed inventory systems
Emerge from the crisis as a winner

Your challenges:

  • Recent crises show how vulnerable existing organizational structures are to negative external shocks.
  • In the event of a crisis, you want to be prepared to ensure quick action.

 

UNITY solution approach:

  • Crisis manual: Create a roadmap for crisis situations, which is activated immediately if necessary. 
  • Task force organization: Establish roles and rules for crisis situations
  • Task force management: Manage crisis teams for optimal performance during the crisis
Competitive advantages by focusing on core competencies

Your challenges:

  • Increased supply chain costs
  • Increased complexity of your products and logistics processes

UNITY solution approach:

  • Make-or-buy analysis with a focus on cost-effectiveness and feasibility 
  • Requirements analysis and support the selection process including evaluation of the specifications 
  • Review the delivery points and activities with regard to critical issues related to legal questions 
  • Transparency and control by creating a ramp-up concept and performance tracking of a target-performance comparison incl. appropriate measures
Do you waste resources, or do you generate revenue?

Your challenges:

  • Changing the corporate culture
  • Identifying and eliminating waste
  • Integrating suppliers and partners into the Lean approach
  • Adapting processes and systems
  • Maintaining the lean mindset throughout the organization

UNITY solution approach:

  • Value stream mapping: analyze the entire logistical value stream and identify bottlenecks and bottlenecks.
  • Eliminate waste: e.g. excessive inventory, waiting times, unnecessary shipments, excessive movement or quality problems.
  • Introduce lean methodologies such as 5S, Kaizen workshops and value stream optimization
  • Standardization and visualization: implement clear standard operating procedures and visualize workflow to promote transparency and efficiency
  • Continuous improvement: embed regular improvement activities throughout the organization, e.g., regular team meetings, problem-solving workshops, and PDCA cycles to continuously drive efficiency improvements.
  • Train employees and implement lean principles with suppliers and partners.
30
%
cost reduction
20
%
better delivery reliability
20
%
inventory reduction

*average values

Project stories in Supply Chain Management

  • Restructuring of the Diebold Nixdorf site in Paderborn
  • V-ZUG 33 – Logistics concept vertical factory
  • Support of digitalization pilots
  • Resource efficiency through Supply Cart System
  • Standardization of Packaging Material
  • Development of Roadmap 2020
  • Increasing efficiency and lead times
  • Realizing digital customer journey
  • Design of Inbound, Inner-Plant and Outbound Logistics
  • Resource management
  • Concept creation of a digital process platform

Make an appointment with our experts

Depending on the topic, we provide you with the right experts. Select your preferred date from our calendar and discuss your concerns with our experts by phone or via Microsoft Teams without any obligation. We look forward to getting to know you!

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Your contacts Operational Excellence in Supply Chain Management

Jan Weirich

Head of SCM & Logistics

Cologne, Germany
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Thorben Kerkenberg

Head of Smart Factory & Operational Excellence

Hamburg, Germany
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Markus Knobel

Partner

Paderborn, Germany
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Markus Kreutmeier

Head of Business Area

Munich, Germany
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Katharina Pierschalik

Partner, Head of Business Area

Paderborn, Germany
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René Szepanski

Head of Business Area

Paderborn, Germany
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Ove Thomsen

Head of Business Area

Hamburg, Germany
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