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INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN

Supply Chain Management has almost as many definitions as it has component parts. At The AMS Group, the common factor in our Supply Chain capability is our approach – we work with your people on specific Supply Chain challenges and we go beyond high level strategy to deliver practical solutions that work. Flexibility is combined with a structured approach to create a rapid response to customer needs.

From sources of raw materials, through production facilities to the end consumer, it is essential to optimize the full supply chain process.

Impact of inefficient supply chain management

  • Formulating the supply chain strategy
  • Developing collaborative relationships within your organization
  • Developing partnerships with supply chain partners
  • Improving processes and systems throughout the supply chain

Success today requires a highly integrated approach that cuts across departmental silos and through cultural mind sets of the organization. There are five main elements to the AMS Group approach:

  • Designing supply chains for strategic advantages
  • Developing and implementing meaningful and collaborative relationships
  • Removing cost from the supply chain
  • Developing partnerships with supply chain partners
  • Managing supply chain information to allow timely decision making

Designing supply chains for strategic advantage centers around identifying ways to incorporate strategic choices and customer requirements into supply chain design.

Developing and implementing meaningful and collaborative relationships refers to collaboration outside the organization. Any change in the supply chain must be accomplished through people as they must live with the consequences of any changes.

Removing cost from the supply chain is always a focus of supply chain improvement efforts, regardless of whether they are for strategic or tactical advantage. The major thrust of this element is identifying and addressing the root cause of unnecessary cost in the supply chain, such as:

  • Weak links between partners in the supply chain
  • Inadequate information for decision making
  • Variability in operations—both internally and externally
  • Lack of clarity regarding what is happening in the supply chain
  • Unintended circumstances arising from traditional mind sets

Developing partnerships with supply chain partners revolves around the supply chain paradigm that demands effective partnering outside the enterprise. A major aspect of this element is the identification of core competencies—both internal and external to the organization. A second major aspect is identifying and leveraging whatever it is that motivates the partners.

Managing supply chain information to allow timely decision making specifically addresses the role information systems play in altering supply chains. The AMS Group is very familiar with the major MRP and ERP systems and understands how they must interact with supply chain business processes. In addition, we introduce some new technologies that serve to strengthen supply chain relationships and processes with external elements of the supply chain.