Optimise your supply chain as an integrated whole – the key is an end-to-end management approach.

You might imagine that one factor that would make the management of supply chains simpler (if not exactly simple) for organisations of almost all sizes and sectors, is the fact that all supply chains have broadly the same goals. 

Those goals are, of course, to create goods or services and to deliver them to the end customer or client as soon as possible, while minimising costs and ensuring the very greatest satisfaction of the customer or client. 

There are, however, profound differences between what might be termed “traditional” supply chain management, and what is typically referred to as “end-to-end” supply chain management (or E2E supply chain management). 

How would you characterise your own company’s supply chain right now? 

If your business’s operations are quite complex – or alternatively, the optimisation of your supply chains hasn’t been at the very top of your organisation’s “priority list” in the past – there is a good chance that your supply chain will presently be quite “compartmentalised” in terms of its individual functions. 

What do we mean by that? Well, we mean that the various separate “steps” of your supply chain might currently be exactly that – separate. 

These individual stages might each seem well-optimised in their own right. However, they may not be treated together as an integrated whole, which is the point of focus of an end-to-end supply chain management approach. 

Don’t miss out on opportunities to optimise your supply chain – and grow your company 

The more traditional supply-chain management approach is also sometimes called a “siloed” approach, and there might not be anything profoundly “wrong” with yours. 

However, in today’s corporate era characterised by a level of technological sophistication that might have seemed difficult to imagine just a few decades ago, it is much easier than it once was for companies of a range of industries, sizes, and ambitions to gain “big-picture” visibility of, and insight into, their supply-chain operations. 

So, if your own business’s supply chain is still operating in a more “traditional” manner – and you are not scrutinising and looking out for opportunities to integrate such essential functions as procurement, manufacturing, distribution, storage, shipping, and last-mile delivery into a single, tightly connected workflow – you could be missing out in terms of competitiveness. 

Presuming it is indeed the case that your organisation’s present supply chain can most accurately be described as “traditional” in its structure and operations, there will almost certainly be a major industry rival of yours that is relentlessly honing an end-to-end supply chain management approach. 

As a consequence of this work, that competitor is very likely to be reaping such typical benefits of an E2E supply chain as lowered expenditure, minimised waste, more efficient operations, heightened customer satisfaction, and improved growth. 

To find out more about how our own supply-chain consultants at KTL can advise and assist as your company looks to unlock similar advantages, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.