Lean, Six Sigma, and other Operational Excellence approaches have been around for many years now, being adopted by many organisations with varying degrees of success.
However, true success will require your whole supply chain to work together to become a value stream of excellence, all aligned to achieving the same thing. Without this alignment, no matter how good you are as an organisation, you will be vulnerable to alternative supply chains and alternative suppliers. If your organisation is excellent but the supply chain as a whole is poor you will be an island of quick lead times and low costs amongst a sea of mediocrity.
Even if your up and downstream supply chain have adopted and implemented operational excellence models, unless you have worked together to align your operational practices there will be disconnects causing waste and incurring costs.
Optimising your supply chain is the next step in the continuous improvement journey, still waiting for many organisations (and their supply chains) to grab with both hands.
Ask us how we can help you and your supply chain take the next step.