Integrated Supply Chains
The supply chain under scrutiny: International division of work and globally distributed value chains comprise the daily grind of Supply Chain Managers. However, how much integration is desirable? When does integration pay off? The answers from this study reveal: It depends – on the attitude towards integration (desire), the structures for collaboration (ability), and the actual application of techniques and practices (action). The triad of desire – abillity – action is, however, not implemented in all areas.
Intensive Risik Management or Flexible Crisis Management?
Strategies for survival in automobile industry procurement during the economic crisis
The economic crisis has dramatically impacted the automobile industry over the past months. In addition, lean structures and strong dependencies within the industry caused the crisis to quickly transfer from the large automobile manufacturers (so-called Original Equipment Manufacturers – OEMs) to higher tiers: With the drop in sales figures of OEMs, many suppliers began to fight for survival. As a result, their financial power eroded, in particular 1st tier suppliers, within a few months and the number of bankruptcies increased dramatically.
Supplier Risk Management in the Automobile Industry
When suppliers crash, they threaten the supply capability and moneybag of manufacturers. The risk of bankruptcy is considered in business practice to be the gravest risk in Supplier Management, however, other risks are on the rise. How do companies react to them? SMI and Ernst & Young investigated this with the help of informative companies from the automobile industry.
My Chain Delivers
Together with the management consultancy, McKinsey & Company, and in cooperation with the German Logistics Association, SMI investigated in the study "My Chain Delivers" to what extent optimal supply chain management contributes to corporate success. More than one hundred success factors were tested for their impact on costs, service, supply, and flexibility of the analysed supply chains. Ten Best Practices were identified which have been statistically proven to improve corporate performance. The rewards of comprehensive optimisation measures are manifold: savings up to 40 percent of supply chain costs while improving service levels by up to 20 percent and approximately 30 percent reduction in inventory.
Supply Chain Analytics - Undiscovered Know-How in the Automobile Industry
The lack of planning and reaction capability lead to considerable inefficiency in the supply chains of the German automobile industry again and again. One reason is the types of IT systems applied. Most are not adequate for intelligent process controlling. This is the finding of a large-scale study, which SMI conducted in cooperation with the German Automobile Association and Teradata. Participants named a lack of relevant data as a reason for expensive revisions to planning. Furthermore, only a minority can implement risk analyses or short-term event-driven analyses with their systems.
Procurement in the Hotel Industry - Status and Perspectives in 3 to 5-Star Hotels
- Systematic appraisal of purchasing professionals
- Identification of potentials in procurement of individual sortiments
- Strategic and organisational procurement issues
- Methodical assessment and organisation of supplier management
- Compilation of procurement strategies and methods
- Identification of procurement organisation and processes