To meet head-on the increasing competition in modern business, it is vital to take care of supply chain management with as lean a supply chain as possible. Here at BlueSky, we take care of the goods and products that reach end users in the best possible manner with minimal loss, and waste and most importantly a way to track back in case of any unwanted scenarios (unexpected ones).
Key Benefits of Implementing a Leaner Supply Chain
A Lean Supply Chain is essential to keep track of the goods or products that are kept in warehouses for a long time or left unused due to unexpected reasons.
We can more easily adapt to the use of new materials for production, and also teach our customers how they can recycle the products once they no longer need them.
Let’s check out the waste that we can target through a Lean Supply Chain:
Flaws (Defective Products)
Humans are never perfect, but products can be. When it comes to products, we need to ensure that everything is perfect, whether the flaw is a small scratch or a big hole. Imperfections are easier to spot and harder to neglect when your supply chain is lean.
As we know, overeating is not good for our health, and overstocking is not good for our business either. Overproduction causes a waste of effort in all forms: time, material, and manpower, which all negatively affect the performance of your business.
Slow Down (Delays)
We know that end users don’t want to wait longer for us to deliver products. If there are any delays caused by our end, it can lead to customer dissatisfaction. There are many reasons delays can be caused, but the risk of potential delays becomes worse the more complicated your supply chain becomes.
Non-utilised Talent (Not Useful)
Have you ever felt like your talents and abilities are not being fully utilised? Maybe you have a knack for creative problems, but you’re stuck in an organisation that doesn’t allow you to showcase your potential. When organisations like yours fail to recognise and utilise the talents of their employees, you’re definitely missing out on valuable productivity and innovation.
Transportation (Transit Charge)
Everyone knows if we travel on the wrong routes or take a longer path, that transportation costs increase. The same is applicable to any business. If we take non-optimal routes, the cost of transporting products will increase, leading to wastage and inefficiency.
We manage inventory in warehouses, but what if we’re overholding the inventory that causes costs to spike up without any benefits?
You might know how micro-scale inefficiencies in manufacturing can add up to major costs. From workers and tools to entire processes, every motion counts. so we need to manage it.
Current trends (Extra-processing)
We need to know in advance what impact the market’s upcoming trends will have on our products that are already produced or are in production. If the market doesn’t desire our produced products, then our profit potential is reduced.
Running a lean supply chain is like trimming the fat out of your business. Any efficient process or pointlessly warehoused product that can be removed from the supply chain will help reduce the cost of ongoing processes.
Improvement and Efficiency
As we discussed manufacturing defects above, identifying the areas where we can improve and efficiently grabbing opportunities that present themselves to our business can dramatically cut down on manufacturing defects, waste, and returned goods.
Example: Your new product is primed and ready to hit the market, but you’re stuck with heaps of outdated inventory collecting dust. The delay could cost you precious time and erode any competitive edge you had. The solution? Reduce your dependence on inventory. By doing so, you’ll minimise the amount of old stock you need to offload before you can launch your latest innovation.
Simplify your Process
As your supply chain expands and integrates new third parties, your business may have expanded as well. But with expansion comes complexity, and complexity leads to a greater risk of inefficiencies, redundant steps, and wasted time attached to it. These obstacles might be small, but they can grow in accumulation, greatly hinder your progress, and can prevent your investments from reaping maximum returns. Simplifying your processes can save time and resources, allowing you to focus on areas that drive real value for your business.
Achieving Client Satisfaction
We have already outlined the potential waste if we don’t implement a Lean Supply Chain in our business. However, if we take the necessary steps to improve, and identify areas of concern, then we can achieve client satisfaction. And when we achieve this, those customers will be loyal to us, which will result in more purchases down the line.
What’s more, it can lead us to more customers as they might refer us to their near and dear ones. Word-of-mouth marketing and goodwill are powerful boons to have in business.
Implementing a lean supply chain is not just about cutting costs. It’s about improving efficiency and achieving customer satisfaction. By reducing waste, simplifying processes, and identifying areas of improvement, businesses can provide better products and services to their customers while driving real value for their business. The benefits of implementing a lean supply chain are clear – reduced costs, improved efficiency, and, most importantly, happy customers.
So why not take the necessary steps to streamline your supply chain today and reap the rewards tomorrow? We believe that this is an opportunity that should not be overlooked, and we encourage all organisations to explore the potential of lean supply chain practices.
Want to know more about how you can implement one? BlueSky can surely help. Reach out to us today.