Supply Chain Consulting
Today, Supply Chain is critical in order to face the evolving expectations of customers who want to be served faster and with customized products.A flexible Supply Chain, supported by technology advancements, can help companies deliver products on unpredictable markets with more velocity and less variability.
Kepler's Supply Chain consulting services support companies, creating high performing product flows with optimized cost and lead time.
Growing demands on global supply chain
In today's multifaceted world operating and managing a global supply chain comes with several risks it can be on the supply side or demand side.
Sharing best practices and triggering Supply Chain risk management, Kepler creates the framework to comply with each business challenge, maximizing profit and minimizing waste.
Logistics Master Planning and Optimization
Optimize your logistics network must meet both short and medium term needs. The network must be sufficiently flexible to accommodate future requirements. Our approach is based on the targeted mapping of inbound and outbound material flows to better understand where opportunities exist. We take into consideration the geopolitical as well as economic challenges in order to create realistic scenarios that achieve cost, service quality, and accessibility requirements.
Planning and Scheduling
Planning and scheduling at a production site are historically the weaker links within an organization’s supply chain. We work in a targeted fashion in order to make processes more consistent / reliable and to determine which tools fit the organization’s needs. In our experience automation is not always the best solution. We focus heavily on implementing feed-back loops between planning and scheduling, so that each aligns with the other.
Dimensioning and Warehouse Management
Warehousing need to be redesigned as a value generator vs. a buffer between production and customers. Kepler work on all aspects of dimensioning, i.e. surface, storage type/density, material, implantation—all focused around customer needs. We build your management system with customized IT tools, indices, and animation.
In order to optimize inventory management it is necessary to understand the variables that affect them, namely; procurement, logistics, and warehousing. Our global expertise in operations makes it possible for us to rank the levers that need to be used: inbound logistics conditions, optimizing management rules, localizing stock, matching with real time demand, etc… We build and deploy customized action plans in order to reduce stock over time and to develop better working capital requirements.
Improved Service Rate
Service rate is often a forgotten link in the Supply Chain. It is either poorly calculated or badly shared and is not typically driver behind customer service or operational excellence. Our efforts are initially focused on the assumption that the service rate calculation is robust and broadly shared. We then organize workshops to identify and solve the root cause problems driving the poor performance elements. Our methods to implement solutions include; reshaping the S&OP/MPS, reviewing the existing processes, taking an ongoing approach toward improvement using lean solutions, etc.
End-to-End Supply Chain management
The purpose of the Supply Chain is often limited to logistics or planning instead of embracing a larger responsibility as a facilitator between various company divisions. We work with organizations to identify the Supply Chain ‘perimeter’ that fits your organizational framework. We model its full cost, build new roles and responsibilities and determine performance metrics and routines in order to manage your Supply Chain more efficiently.
A Customized Approach
Most of the supply chain consulting firms that often stop at recommending supply chain strategies, KEPLER works closely with clients from implementing those strategies and execute them for achieving success in real world.
Raising Awareness and Perfecting Knowledge Transfer
Our teams consistently focus on knowledge transfer. We create and deploy programs for specific training in our various fields of expertise. Our approach to training ensures that the methods installed will align perfectly with the goals of the organization while also achieving value.
Structuring and Engaging
KEPLER consultants specialize in assessing challenges and mobilizing a corporation around a robust, ambitious and operational performance plan. Our diagnostic programs are customized and based on known business and industry benchmarks to ensure success.
Acting and Fixing
We specialize in “tiger team” deployments. These focused sessions are operational and pragmatic, affording us the autonomy to unscramble core business dilemmas. Our priority with these sessions is to delivered a quick yet focused solution offering.
Mobilizing and Initiating Change
In order to structure and implement a proposed plan, we aim to mobilize the entire organization around a specific program with a common vision leading to change. In addition to deploying initiatives, we implement customized management systems to ensure continued success.