SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTING
Supply chains play a critical role in helping companies achieve growth objectives. In today’s markets, companies are increasingly challenging their supply chains of multiple dimensions, including flexibility, cost reduction, predictable risk management customer service levels. Our supply-chain consultants help ensure that our client’s supply chains are a source of competitive advantage for meeting both short and long-term objectives.
Our services are differentiated by their end-to-end, value based approach. We work in a broad number of industries and address key business issues such as:
enabling growth, rapid response to the marketplace
configuration of the supply network to businesses needs
accelerating time to market
managing short-term volatility
We also drive competitiveness through:
reducing supply-chain complexity
reducing costs to improve profitability
FEASABILITY AND TRADE-OFF STUDIES
An investment or strategic operational change should be approached soberly and with impartiality. Commonly, it is valuable to contract the feasibility or trade-off scenario to a third party with little or no vested interest in the outcome in order to ensure the study’s validity. By engaging CEC as a consultant, you will receive a professional set of recommendations based on sound research, and a conservative approach to assumptions and data.
For years, companies have been leveraging CEC’s ties and project experience in the engineering and manufacturing sectors to out-source their fabrication to a third-party and become asset lean or asset neutral.
Production equipment and facilities are usually the most significant assets appearing on a company’s balance sheet. The fundamental aim of lean is to increase throughput dollars using the existing, or even less, capital assets. When equipment and facilities are not used effectively, it results in inefficiencies, insufficient capacity, overtime, additional equipment purchases, poor customer satisfaction and necessary facilities expansion. Many business plans and cash flows can be greatly improved by divesting this process and outsourcing production
CEC has assembled teams, equipment and partners to facilitate seamless transfer of roles and responsibilities without incurring production hiccups or drops in quality. Our supply-chain group is experienced in implementing and measuring quality assurance programs/certifications, vendor identification and partnership, autonomous and preventative maintenance measures, and fabricator training and inspection test protocol development.
In cases where there may be a direct synergy between your organization and a CEC-held affiliate or partner company, co-investment and feasibility of joint-venture with a focus in a particular sector or mix of products can be a profitable solution for both parties.
This could include outsourcing of your manufacturing facility’s management and/or quality assurance, inspection platform, design and construction of a jointly-owned facility, or leveraging CEC’s existing base of production for custom jobs, contract work or ongoing partnership.
SOURCING AND PROCUREMENT STRATEGY
Sourcing and procurement is in a period of radical and rapid change that is disrupting how businesses view it as a function. Part and parcel to this is the need for new strategies, skills, knowledge and tools for today’s and tomorrow’s challenged and opportunities.