Do I Need a Supply Chain Consultancy Firm, Independent Consultant, or Interim Developer?

September 9, 2015

Broadly speaking, the consulting industry falls into 3 categories: strategy, change management, and operational. Strategic consulting tends to be dominated by the large consultancy practices that we’ve all heard of, as does change management.

This is primarily because strategic and change management initiatives are usually top-down deliveries and often require large teams of consultants covering a broad spectrum of functional expertise. Read more

5 Attributes of the Best Supply Chain Consultants

August 7, 2015

1. Technical Competency

As a Supply Chain Consultant you need to be ‘chief cook & bottle-washer’ – you need to do the talking and the doing. You need to be able to identify the issues, analyse them and present the options, and then define and deliver the solution. Read more

So Many Products, So Little Margin: Managing Your Product Portfolio

May 30, 2015

As a supply chain consultant, I find that almost every company I work with has a product portfolio that conforms to the Pareto principle, i.e. 80% of revenue is generated by 20% of their products. This is rarely a surprise to anyone, but surprising to me are the number of companies that do not have processes to manage their portfolio and ensure resources are focused on the critical products. Read more