Supply Chain Strategy 

Spinnaker SCA helps clients define strategic supply chain roadmaps to develop the capabilities needed to achieve world-class supply chain performance.

Spinnaker SCA Supply Chain Strategy projects fall in the following areas: 

  • Supply Chain Network Design and Partner Selection  

  • Supply Chain Strategic Assessments and Roadmaps 

  • Supply Chain Technology Vendor Selections 

Supply Chain Network Design and Partner Selection

Spinnaker SCA’s practical approach to network design blends sophisticated modeling and analysis with creative thinking and years of experience to deliver pragmatic, effective solutions to complex supply chain design challenges.  

Key decisions on where to locate facilities and how to source and flow product across your network are key components of a supply chain strategy. Growth, changes in demand, and mergers and acquisitions are key events that warrant revisiting supply chain design.  

In addition to evaluating supply chain design at a facility level, Spinnaker SCA’s experts help evaluate decisions like whether to launch a company-owned facility or partner with a 3PL, how to design and build out new facilities, and how to ensure that changes in the network structure don’t break other supply chain and order fulfillment business processes. 

For more details on our Supply Chain Design capabilities, see our Supply Chain Design and Analytics solutions. 

 

Strategic Assessments & Roadmaps

Spinnaker SCA uses a time-tested Supply Chain Strategic Assessment and Roadmap methodology to evaluate baseline vs. required supply chain capabilities and leading practices and, working with your team, develop the supply chain future state design that’s right for your business and the path to get there. 

Our methodology is holistic and uses our “Spinnaker SCA 5 Lenses” to cover the key topics that need to be addressed for a successful supply chain transformation focusing on the following areas: 

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The business process scope of Supply Chain Assessments ranges from covering the full spectrum of supply chain functions to focused assessments on specific supply chain functional areas such as Planning, Distribution Operations, Transportation Management, or Order Fulfillment.  

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With a standard methodology tailored to the needs of individual clients, we leverage a set of common tools and approaches, reliably delivering client results through a unique combination of value and speed by focusing on three main objectives: 

  • Identify the gaps between current supply chain capabilities and achievable supply chain performance 

  • Develop a future-state design and improvement roadmap to enable real improvements in organizational capabilities, processes, and technology solutions 
     

Our structured methodology breaks down these activities into distinct project phases described in the graphic below, each phase producing well-defined deliverables that quickly establish clarity about the targeted transformation. 

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Working with Spinnaker SCA, numerous leading companies have defined and deployed actionable Supply Chain Strategies delivering transformational business outcomes.  

Supply Chain Technology Vendor Selections

Technology plays a critical role to enable supply chain capabilities and the universe of software vendors can be difficult to navigate. Spinnaker SCA has helped many dozens of companies develop roadmaps for their digital journey and evaluate and select supply chain software vendors in the planning, omnichannel order fulfillment, warehouse management, and transportation management domains. 

Choosing supply chain technology is often a follow-on activity to the Future State Design activities included in our Strategic Assessment and Roadmap services. As experts across the leading and emerging supply chain software technologies, Spinnaker SCA helps companies identify relevant vendors to consider and execute/score request for proposal (RFP) and software demos to choose the right technology for their organization.  

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Working with Spinnaker SCA, our clients have executed faster, lower risk, and more effective supply chain technology selections and ultimately been able to realize the business value of these new capabilities sooner.