Supply Chain Solutions for SMEs

Supply Chain Solutions are not just for large manufacturing businesses.  They can and do apply to all businesses from the very small sole trader up to the very large multinational.

While most people associate Supply Chain Solutions with Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) models, Supply Chain Solutions also covers many other areas of the Supply Chain including:

  • Development of a procurement strategy.
  • Supplier negotiations including lead times and capacity.
  • Ordering both supplies and services.
  • Knowing your capacity and bottlenecks.
  • Ensuring client quotes take into account current supplier pricing and your business’s capacity constraints.
  • Advising clients of any known or potential delays.
  • Back costing used to ensure suppliers are pricing at agreed prices.
  • Linking financial forecasts including cashflows with sales and marketing plans
  • Working with suppliers to make it easy for you to do business with them and for them to do business with you.
  • Simplification of processes.


From my experience 50%+ of the savings made from a Business Review will come from Supply Chain Solutions and these will be the low hanging fruit to increase the profitability of your business.


For those of you in the manufacturing or processing industries who want to take your sales and operations planning to the next level, RFSCE have developed very good S&OP model with solutions available from  between AUD 100 – 260k, depending on your business’s need.  This means that there are now affordable solutions for most medium sized businesses and the larger small businesses.  For more information on this product contact Reto Fuhrer


2 Minute Health Check

If you think you are doing too many hours in your business or are generally not happy with the way your business is performing, why not take my quick 2 minute health check or contact me at or (021) 625-871.


For more information on creating or improving a business model please call John on (021) 625-871, and further more information please visit Into the Blue.