Digital Strategic Sourcing

What would you do if you could accomplish significant and real cost reduction? Cost reduction reflected in your bottom line or budget? Think about the possibilities.

Technology facilitates achieving cost reduction in a consistent, sustainable way. You can conduct online RFPs, RFQs, and online auctions. All powerful tools that with the right data analysis, strategy, and execution, lead to cost savings. We have vast experience with Ariba and other solutions.

We help you from spend analysis and category strategy throughout going to market, selection, implementation, and estimated savings vs actuals. Quite often, it is challenging to determine how much of the estimated savings are realized or reflected in your budget. We have tools that automate this comparison and they are easy to use.

Think about your increase in EBIT through cost reduction. Think about the potential. Let us help you to make it happen.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Are you thinking of scaling your business? What is the right ERP for you? If you do have an ERP, are you fully utilizing the functionalities it has?

We help you define your business requirements or “must have’s” as well as value-added functionalities or “nice to have’s”. To do so, we use Six Sigma tools such as KJ, process map, Cause and Effects Matrix (C&E), and Failure Mode and Effects Matrix (FMEA). Such tools provides a framework to prioritize the factors that have a high impact on the deliverables or outcome.

By working in teams, we ensure to build a measurement system that has reproducibility and replicability. This leads to accurate data and to fully utilize the ERP functionalities and enjoy the benefits of data analysis.

We help you throughout all the process, from identifying whether this is the right moment to have an ERP, moving on to a laser-focused definition of business requirements and value-added functionalities, ERP solution selection, rollout, until training.

We have experience with SAP Business One, SAP Ariba, JD Edwards, Infor Visual, Macola, among others. Together we can make it happen.

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) or Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

Integrated Business Planning? Sales and Operations Planning? Are they the same? What’s the benefit?

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is an enhanced version of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). The terminology of S&OP has been around for quite some time. IBP is a more recent term that adds the financial aspects into the traditional S&OP.

What’s the benefit? IBP implies a major business transformation. Like ERP, it implies all critical functions working together to maximize profitability. Precisely, due to IBP, supply chain role in an organization does not limit to cost reduction but also has an effect on the revenue side.

Based on the IBP process and analysis, your can know which products create the greater profits and thus allocate the necessary resources appropriately. IBP can give your company a competitive advantage.

Data analysis is core to IBP. There is a comprehensive plan, assumptions, simulations or what if scenarios, and calculated impact.

We help you with the process and solutions to make this happen and to make this happen right.

Procure-To-Pay

Do you have visibility of the procure to pay process, from the budget, purchase requisitions (PRs), purchase orders (POs), receipt, invoices, until payment? How fast can you identify discrepancies and track down any issues? Can you identify the causes of variation between estimates and actuals?

A robust Procure-to-Pay process means a solid ground for spend analysis and with that comes cost reduction, when performed effectively. In addition, Procure-to-Pay will allow you for a more agile, more responsive supply chain. When you can easily investigate and understand variances, you can take fast action.

We have experience in Ariba and other solutions. We can help you with the process and solutions to make Procure-to-Pay as you envision.

USM Supply Chain – we help companies increase their profits by cost reduction through strategic sourcing and supply chain transformations.

How can we help you?

At USM Supply Chain Consulting, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us through the website, give us a call, send us an e-mail, or book an appointment to meet.

“Our customers have my personal commitment to exceed their expectations”

Marcia Williams
Managing Partner, USM Supply Chain Consulting

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