Network Optimization Next Steps
So, you just finished a network project and the final presentation showcased some very large saving opportunities. The question now is how do you make them a reality?
If you’re like most organizations the implementation of network design recommendations is managed by a separate team from the team involved with network optimization modeling work. At Spinnaker, because we both help clients complete supply chain network optimization studies and implement the results, we understand the challenges involved in turning a theoretical exercise into reality. The effort and time required to implement a network transformation is too often underappreciated and the benefits of having the modeling and implementation teams to work together is ignored. Better alignment between these groups leads to smoother transformation efforts and a much higher likelihood of achieving the desired business results.
Within Spinnaker, we have a dedicated supply chain design practice that models supply chains, analyzes scenarios, and helps clients formulate recommendations and business cases. Additionally, we have program managements and supply chain consultants who are experts at planning and executing the transition steps from your current network to the optimal one. Combining resources between them as necessary we can ensure that nothing gets lost in translation.
What follows is a high-level overview of best practices in our implementation process and recommended leading practices for how these teams should work together. Since we have gone through this process many times with a wide array of companies, we have time saving templates and benchmarks for performance that often are not available for companies doing it for the first time.