Supply Chain Strategy & Analytics

Sustainable success requires the alignment of every link in your supply chain. Our supply chain management consultants offer unparalleled expertise across the full spectrum of supply chain management from raw materials to the finished product and from strategic planning to defining detailed operational parameters. - MÖBIUS optimises the performance of your supply chain.

The supply chain team at MÖBIUS consists of dedicated experts with both academic and industry experience. Our supply chain management consultants combine theoretical insight with state-of-the-art methodologies to transform innovative ideas into effective solutions.

At MÖBIUS, we strongly believe in the value of quantitative analysis to back up intuition, which is why all our solutions are based on thorough quantitative analysis and operational research. We develop a business case together with you. We quantify the potential for improvement and assess the risks associated with your supply chain project.

Change represents a considerable challenge for any organisation, it demands clear commitments, precise follow-up, meticulous budget control, good communication and correct adjustments.

MÖBIUS brings a wealth of expertise in change management consultancy to the table and fosters clear communication with all stakeholders. MÖBIUS has extensive experience in the traditional foundations of solid supply chain and the proven skills to generate visible results for your organisation.

Planning (S&OP/IBP, MP and Tactical)

Effective planning processes at all levels in your organisation are vital to ensure implementation of strategy and business decisions. Establishing visibility of processes and clarity of associated responsibilities along with controls appropriate to each planning level, (strategic, tactical, operational) are key to successful planning.

Demand Management and Forecasting

When thinking about forecasting, typically companies will fall into one of these levels of maturity…

  • Tactical – If your company sits at this level, you do not currently have a sales and forecasting process, meaning that information on processes may not be very accurate or timely. It could also be that the communication with buyers and customers regarding the responsibility for managing the process and indeed providing the plans, are currently not being communicated by the right person.
  • Advanced – At this stage more of the right people are involved in the production of the plans and your company would produce these faster and in shorter cycles. Also your company would have taken steps to make the process more integrated and incorporate a wider range of data to develop its forecasting and demand strategy.
  • Strategic – At this stage your company has integrated sales forecasting and demand planning. Accuracy is measured and results are rewarded. More steps are in place to ensure root causes are dealt with, by using detailed information to use in forecasting and planning efforts.
  • Innovative – The top level of the maturity process, meaning your company has a strong sales forecasting and planning process in place, with the right people who are most knowledgable and best equipped to manage the process.
Our promise to you is to take your company through this maturity ladder and focus on developing your forecasting strategy. Our supply chain management consultants will base how we improve your forecasting strategy on statistical information, highlighting where the company is currently positioned in the market place. From this data, we will help implement a realistic strategy to gradually move your current strategy up this maturity ladder.

 

Here at MÖBIUS we understand the difficulties of setting up and continuously improving an effective forecasting process. There are so many contributing factors that can hinder improvements, such as; building up a collaborative forecasting process, continuously adding value, optimising the limited time you have as a demand planner, to name a few.

Procurement & Supply Management 

Procurement of raw materials, plant and equipment, and consumables is the main non-labour cost incurred by most businesses and as a result it can make the difference between the success or failure of a business. More broadly, supply and supplier management done badly can result in excessive costs, disappointed customers and ultimately business failure. Done well however, procurement, supply and supplier management can provide companies with significant competitive advantage over their competitors.

MÖBIUS has enabled many of our clients to radically improve their procurement and supply management performance delivering substantial bottom-line benefits.

Inventory Management & Warehousing Strategies

Effective inventory management is critical to most business’ profitability as well as their ability to meet their customers’ expectations. Too much capital tied up in inventory eats away at profit margins, too little inventory – or more often, the wrong inventory – means not being able to satisfy customer requirements. By providing clients with the tools and the processes to optimally manage their inventory, MÖBIUS ensures that businesses have the right quantities of the right inventory at the right time to meet their customers’ needs – profitably!

Likewise, appropriate warehousing strategies and effective warehouse management are vital to profitable customer order fulfilment. MÖBIUS has a wealth of experience in designing, implementing and improving warehouse and distribution centres across a wide range of industry sectors. 

Footprint Optimisation, Distribution Management & Network Design

The most optimal distribution network is one that takes care of meeting customer requirements in a cost-effective way and which facilitates the future strategy.

Getting the network design right means managing and interpreting different data sources right: customer expectations and geography; product characteristics; sourcing, manufacturing and distribution options; return flows; logistic requirements; fiscal or parafiscal taxes; security and geopolitical concerns; and ecologic concerns.  While most service providers limit themselves to a logistical optimisation, we go the extra mile to involve the other aspects of tackling a business’s footprint.

If you feel this is something within your current supply chain that needs addressing, call us today and we'll look at how your footprinting could be improved.

Reverse Logistics & Waste Collection

The importance of non-distributive logistics activities continues to grow – even for conventional distribution-type businesses;

  • The growing trend for consumers to order multiple products or variants, with the intention to only keep one and return the others.
  • Return-to-base warranty and repair processes.
  • Ever-increasing environmental recycling and end-of-life disposal responsibilities.

While these reverse logistics activities have a lot in common with conventional distributive logistics, they also have unique characteristics which require special attention, e.g. how to get returned unused product back into the conventional distribution supply chain and available for sale as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, etc. MÖBIUS has an enviable client list and a very strong track record of assisting businesses to establish and improve their activities in these areas.

SC Risk Management 

An abundance of risks can cause catastrophic results to what could have been a thriving and profitable business. The weather and its sheer unpredictability can have a major impact, resulting in natural disasters like the Tsunami disaster. The snow also causes problems with suppliers trying to get stock or parts to a manufacturer. Although these types of risks are caused by natural disasters, processes can be adopted to minimise the damage to your business.

Of course natural disasters are only one type of risk, problems with suppliers is also another key risk, especially when it is your only supplier as one big company found a couple of years ago! The supplier they were using who designed a niche product suddenly went into liquidation, leaving this large company with a half-finished product and no one else to supply the final part. This could’ve caused major catastrophe and a huge loss, but instead the company bought the supplier to keep them in business!

Supply chains are often very complex. They can involve many different players – production units, distribution centres, suppliers and logistics providers, and customers – all connected via flows of goods and flows of information. Therefore, companies are subject to multiple risk drivers, internally as well as externally, that can cause supply chain disruptions. Disruptions can occur at each node in the supply chain, with potential impacts on other nodes in the chain.

  • Demand risk is the risk that the company will experience demand that is not anticipated, and provisioned for, in the chain. Examples are: dependency on a small number of large customers, and the possibility that radically new products will replace existing products.
  • Supply risk originates from suppliers that are unable to deliver the materials that the company needs to meet its production requirements and/or demand forecasts. Examples are: a lack of supply capacity, or dependency on suppliers that are financially unsound.
  • Process risk is associated with the variability of a company’s operational processes, such as variations in production cost, quality problems or the possibility of a product recall.
  • Control risk arises from the application of the assumptions, rules, systems and procedures that govern how an organisation exerts control over its processes. Examples are: unreliable planning and control systems, the impact of introducing a new product, and a lack of skilled employees.

Here at MÖBIUS we understand the sheer damage not having a contingency plan in place can have on an organisation. That’s why we will help by determining the factors that could potentially be risks using historical data and our expertise within the field and help put mitigation strategies in place.

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