Supply Chain Optimization Services Overview
Discovering hidden profit
Increase Stakeholder value in the innovation of a low cost position
Sustaining and continuously lowering the cost position while meeting environmental and social responsibilities is an imperative for all businesses in today’s marketplace. Achieving a low cost position improves stakeholder value, drives growth by freeing up capital to invest in innovation and new product development, and offers additional pricing opportunities.
The ability to mitigate supply chain risk while controlling costs is no longer optional. In this new “instant” global marketplace, having a low cost position can be the difference between being a leader or an acquisition target. Industry leaders have the greatest potential to achieve value from agility in their supply chain – from product development to sales and marketing to operations.
Over the years, WGA has worked with clients from a number of industries to help them identify and remove no-value costs and take full advantage of the savings from the supply chain. Typically our clients achieve an enduring savings of 10% to 19% from our supply chain optimization services. Our supply chain optimization method is complex but our execution is simple. This dramatically different from the academic approach of identifying “low hanging fruit” or “the longest pole in the tent”. We take a wide view of cost containment and cost reduction opportunities to identify and focus our joint effort on all the highest value opportunities.
Our supply chain optimization diagnostic assessment is adapted to the way you run your business and best practices in your industry. Then we evaluate the value of products and services related to your customers, and ensure costs are properly aligned and transparent. Next, we architect your operations, regardless of the SCM systems you are using, SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, or JD Edwards, supply chain and manufacturing capabilities, and execute the transformation.
WGA’s Supply Chain Optimization Service Offerings
Each client is unique, WGA tailors our supply chain optimization services to not only benchmark its operating practices with industry competitors, but to also collaborate with our clients to identify innovation. We understand the challenges of the competitive marketplace. WGA focuses on leveraging the value of IT to enable automation, realizing bottom-line value by eliminating waste from processes, and efficiency of moving commodity business functions to high performing service providers to ensure your business can focus on its core business.
Our services include:
Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management
We focus on simplifying complexity, aggressively mitigating risk, eliminating waste, re-engineering distribution networks, lowering inventory levels, re-mediating backorders and sustain reliable supply. We analyze our client’s internal and external manufacturing, and supply chain networks to align corporate strategy, compliance, quality and cost with enduring results. We also help our clients balance production in lower cost countries with supply risks, optimize global manufacturing configurations, turnaround under-performing plants, assisting with plant closures or transfer of operations, products and technology.
We transform shopfloor efficiency through the use of world-class lean manufacturing tools and principles. We examine and benchmark industry standards (e.g. maintenance, facilities, cleaning standards, technologies, methods, practices, process), manufacturing costs and productivity profiles to industry competitors.
We help companies address issues ranging from business unit strategy to overall corporate strategy. Among other topics, we can assist with mergers and acquisitions, including post-merger management, market entry and growth, business unit turnaround, and development of a new business.
We support businesses with all types of organizational challenges, including global expansion and entry into emerging markets. In addition to providing advice on structure and governance, we assist with issues related to a company’s culture and its overall “health,” such as mindset and behavior problems that hinder performance.
Supply Chain Optimization Service Case Studies
Innovative companies have used supply chain reliability to support new business development, resulting in more market share and revenues, increased profitability, improved customer service and loyalty.
Gartner is forecasting that the big data market will generate $34 billion in IT spending this year. Most of that investment are upgrades to traditional systems to better gather and analyze data coming from Website traffic, social networks, sensors and customer interactions.
After chronic Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP) failures in forecast accuracy, WGA improves a Consumer Product company’s global product portfolio forecasting accuracy by +42% while reducing expedited orders by (14%).
DA regulatory change requires fast response for a $3 Billion+/year skin care business.
The FDA issued regulatory changes to the skin care industry in June of 2011 regarding the terms, “sunblock”, “waterproof” and “sweatproof” requiring the removal of such claims from product labeling and packaging. These changes were initially required to be completed by June of 2012
In response to an economic downturn, WGA’s client, a global automotive manufacturer, had to switch gears fast to optimize their supply chain. They needed to make immediate and aggressive changes to offset anticipated multiple year double-digit sales declines.
Our network of Automobile accessory plants were experiencing unexpected levels of demand from our major Automotive customers. Our operating costs were out of control and we were missing delivery dates. Two of our largest customers threated to cancel over $500M dollars in annual contracts. After reaching out to several tier-1 management consulting firms, we selected WGA Consulting based upon their unique, innovative and accelerated approach. In just 2 weeks, WGA had identified a combination of people, culture, process and operating problems, prioritized action plans and temporarily took over executive leader roles at our plants to drive the improvements. In less than 3 months, WGA had resolved our issues and brought our operating costs down by over 32% ($127M/annually) and improved our customer OTIF by 29% to 98.9%/week. WGA is our trusted/go to consulting partner when we need help!
Vice President Manufacturing Operations$19B Global Automobile Accessory Manufacturer
After our Telematics project missed key milestone dates and our company was running national commercials that the new technology would be in our cars in 6 months, we called WGA to help. WGA conducted a healthcheck of our Telematics PMO and provided us with a turnaround strategy and plan. We were initially shocked by the problems WGA identified and had to take some personnel actions to achieve our deadlines. WGA’s turnaround strategy was simple to execute and allowed us to deliver our Telematics project 1 month earlier than planned. WGA’s ability to get to the root-cause and their comfort with delivering bad news to our executive leadership reflects their reputation for integrity and professionalism.Chief Information Officer$89B Automobile Manufacturer
After failed attempts by two other big name consulting firms, I was under pressure from our executive leadership to make our supply chain optimization happen. We needed assistance from a firm that had global reach, could deploy immediately and were experts at identifying improvements and executing changes. I called on WGA to help us turnaround our efforts. WGA delivered on their commitment and helped us realize an additional ($57M/yr) in cost reductions. WGA is excellent to work with and delivers high impact results!Vice President Supply Chain Operations$178B Global Automobile Manufacturer
After two decades of organic growth, many of our managers in the organization were starting to see a chronic problem. Our operations had become too complex to manage. Our executive leadership agreed and my department was assigned to lead the effort. We reached out to WGA to help us identify and prioritize meaningful simplification opportunities. They worked with us to facilitate designing, planning and implementing all aspects of the program. The results were incredible, we consolidated and reduced over 950+ global positions and eliminated over 7000+ waste and bottleneck problems. We also consolidated and relocated three of our manufacturing centers into one lower cost location. The bottom line results of WGA’s services were outstanding!Vice President Organizational Effectiveness$87B Aerospace and Defense Contractor
In 2017, our Global Services & Support business unit was working with our internal business partners to develop our 2020 business strategy road-map. We were having difficulty with prioritizing our business needs. Some of our supply partners needed a firm picture of our road-map immediately in order to formalize commitments. We reached out to one of our strategic consulting suppliers for assistance, but they wouldn’t be able to dispatch a team to help us for over 3 months. That’s when I called WGA. As a true partner, WGA had their team on the ground 2 days later and we were able to complete our 2025 strategy and planning efforts in just 6 weeks! WGA is now our go to/preferred strategy consulting supplier.Director Business Planning$95B Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer
After making over 400 safety related improvements in our global operations, we determined that many of our leaders weren’t convinced about the urgency of these changes. WGA put together a culture change strategy to immediately achieve adoption. WGA helped us deploy a number of initiatives, including a leadership training and coaching/mentoring program along with improvements to our global leadership competency framework. WGA was essential in helping our organization make these changes stick.Senior Vice President Shared Services Organization$76B Global Oil & Gas Company
3 Years after purchasing two smaller competitors in our industry, our executive leadership team was struggling to see the cost savings of our consolidation efforts. Two other strategy consulting firms were brought in to assist us in determining and fixing the problems. After we spent $18M USD in 6 months with limited success, we decided to end the contracts early with the two other firms. Our COO recommended that we call WGA. In just 3 months, WGA had developed a strategy to simplify our operational processes, merge overlapping business systems and consolidate our service offerings in various international operations. Since our first project, WGA remains our key trusted strategy and consulting partner for all of our business needsSenior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Planning$44B Aerospace and Defense Contractor
WGA helped us design, develop and deploy improvements in our global procurement organization. WGA’s category management strategy enabled us to realign our regional procurement centers to focus on maximizing the value of our resources, improving customer service levels with our internal business customers and consolidating overlapping positions across the enterprise. During our second year of the category management structure we have realized over $90M in operational cost reduction and increased all of our internal metrics for speed, quality and customer service.Director Global Procurement$220B Integrated Oil and Energy Company
WGA has been instrumental in many of our global initiatives in recent years. WGA has been able to respond and deliver on projects around the globe. WGA’s teams are flexible, easy to work with and always deliver what we need, when we need it.General Manager Shared Services Organization$439B Integrated Oil Company
Over the past 10 years, our company has experienced a number of failures and setbacks using each of the “big name” system integrators and consulting companies. We realized that we do a much better job of leading our own SAP efforts and now simply look outside to staff our projects. We always bring in WGA to assist us with all of our project staffing needs. WGA provides us with top talent and high performers that ensure we achieve our goals and projects are on-time and on-budget. WGA’s PMO outsourcing has also allowed us to dramatically reduce our project tracking and management costs.Sr. Director - Business Systems$38B Aerospace & Defense Contractor