Supply Chain Planning

Organizations are increasingly under pressure by observed market trends like demand volatility, globalization and increased supply chain risks, increasing customer expectations and margin compression, just to name a few. To win, organizations hence need to evolve to flexible supply chain networks capable of responding to these pressures with agility; advanced supply chain planning is a key enabler to cope with this ever-increasing challenge.

Supply chain planning aims at predicting future requirements to balance supply and demand. From a strategic perspective, companies have to take into account available capacity in their network, required flexibility to react to demand signals or risks, and aim for alignment between departments to effectively plan their supply chains.

The extended supply chain needs to be fully integrated to allow leveraging all available assets and deliver maximum value against optimal costs. Companies should thus build integrated planning processes ranging from long term strategic planning, over tactical sales & operations planning, to the operational day-to-day planning.

Deloitte’s Supply Chain Planning practice assists clients with end-to-end supply chain planning vision definition, process development, supply chain flexibility, service/repair planning, system implementations, performance metrics, analytics, organization design, and change management.

Bottom-line benefits

Effective supply chain planning results in synchronised supply chains, both internally and externally and from an end-to-end perspective. This unlocks benefits as:

  • Reduced inventory levels
  • Lower cost of goods sold
  • Shorter planning cycle times
  • Improved customer service
  • Better forecasting ability
  • Increased market responsiveness

Deloitte's Supply Chains Planning offering includes following services:

The Deloitte Supply Chain Planning offering supports clients in strategy development, capability assessments, and redesign and implementation of processes, in the following main functional domains:

  • Integrated Business Planning (IBP)
  • Demand Planning
  • Supply Planning
  • Supply Chain Planning Assessment
  • Supply Chain Flexibility
  • Inventory Management
  • Advanced Planning System (APS) Implementation

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Paul Delesalle

Paul Delesalle

Partner | EMEA Supply Chain & Network Operations Lead

Paul has over 20 years of supply chain consulting experience and is leading the Belgian and EMEA Supply Chain & Operations practice. He helps clients leverage supply chain as a source of competitive a... More