Supply Chain & Network Operations


Supply Chain & Network Operations

Deloitte can help you imagine, deliver, and run your supply networks to address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities—providing a platform for generating critical insights, optimizing business processes, and automating supply chain activities across your value chain.

Traditional, linear supply chains are evolving into sets of dynamic, IoT-enabled digital supply networks (DSNs). The perennial supply chain pressures of boosting productivity, supporting innovation, and moving faster—with more agility—become even more important as new business models, markets, and competitors emerge. In a digital economy, digital supply networks become imperative.

Deloitte’s Supply Chain & Network Operations practice can help you imagine, deliver, and run your digital supply networks to address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities—providing a platform for generating critical insights, optimizing business processes, and automating supply chain activities across your value chain.

We tackle organizations’ most complex issues by drawing on global capabilities that span all areas of business strategy and operations across industries such as consumer and industrial products, resources, financial services, telecom, and healthcare.

Our world-class supply chain practice—plus our extensive technology enablement and digital enterprise transformation capabilities—can help you respond to supply chain disruption with confidence and agility. Our DSN Strategy, Insights and Advanced Solutions professionals can help you design, build, and operate a digital supply network, providing a flexible, future-facing ecosystem that connects elements across your supply chain—from product development to planning and sourcing to production and delivery, including post-delivery product monitoring, re-ordering, and customer support.

Our Synchronized Planning teams develop integrated business strategies and supply planning solutions that coordinate the flow and delivery of products and materials through the supply network to optimally balance total cost to serve rising customer expectations. We’ll help you visualize and plan your supply network from end to end, advising on process development, supply chain flexibility, service/repair planning, system implementations, performance metrics, analytics, organization design, and change management.

To address Logistics and Distribution, implement our industry-leading strategies to develop best practises for moving the right product to the right place at the right time. Our people will guide you to shape your distribution network, define your logistics outsourcing strategy, optimize your transport and warehouse operations, and design your logistics systems.

For Supply Management & Digital Procurement needs, Deloitte marries cutting-edge digital tools with market-leading consulting services to drive insight around spend management and deliver increased cost savings at a faster pace. Aim for the best return on investment on your third-party procurement spending through Deloitte’s cloud-based solutions and services, driving category management, supplier management, and sourcing of indirect and direct materials.

Further, our teams can help transform your manufacturing portfolio into a competitive weapon and realize both the top and bottom line objectives of your organization with Manufacturing Strategy & Smart Operations. Deloitte helps drive clients’ productivity and asset efficiency by implementing innovative Industry 4.0 solutions and building client capabilities to drive operational excellence. Through a combination of advanced digital assets and deep functional knowledge, we execute at the intersection of the boardroom and the shop floor.

Our offerings, enabled by cutting-edge technologies, range from pure manufacturing strategy to footprint rationalization, lean transformation, asset efficiency, maintenance and reliability strategy, quality, extended manufacturing collaboration with the supply base, and post-merger operational integration. Through these solutions we implement technology-enabled business process changes that affect enduring transformations, driving results which stand the test of time.

But to begin the transformation of your product development capabilities, you’ll need to improve product quality, reduce time-to-market, and drive increased R&D return on investment. Our Product Strategy & Lifecycle Management professionals help you optimize portfolio management, new product development, cross-functional collaboration, organizational efficiency, product data management, and technology solutions for product lifecycle management.

Finally, Deloitte Supply Chain Transformation teams help define and execute pre- and post-day one supply chain and operational synergy programs covering the full breadth of the Supply Chain & Network Operations offering.

Our Services

Using technology to get on top of Scope 3 emissions

Every day we witness the effects of global warming: glaciers melting in the Alps, excessive temperatures damaging runways in the UK, many Southern European countries facing water shortages and Pakistan hit by its worst floods in recent memory. This impacts us all, and we must act quickly to reduce carbon emissions and avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change.

Blockchain and the COVID-19 imperative

HThere is a clear value proposition for blockchain technology within the life sciences industry. Native features of blockchain, or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), ensure data integrity, accountability, and traceability to foster an environment of trust throughout the ecosystem’s users and contributors. These same concepts – built on layers of integrity and accountability – also serve as the guiding principles of the global life sciences ecosystem. This clear alignment in principles has resulted in a boom in industry use case exploration and development.

Agile in Procurement

Having landed in the new normal – a more volatile economy and more fragile supply chains – procurement organisations are looking for ways to evolve and meet their targets. In order to thrive, a new approach to organising and managing work in an adaptable manner is crucial. Is your organisation agile enough to adapt?

Sourcing & Procurement 

Procurement in 2025 will look very different than it does today. This radical and rapid change is transforming how organisations source and procure the various goods and services they need to operate. As a result, new strategies, skills, knowledge, and tools are emerging to address today’s and tomorrow’s shifting challenges and opportunities.

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The conversation around Supply Chain and COP26

This report by Polecat explores stakeholder conversations in the weeks preceding COP26, crystallising around closely interlinked ESG themes such as climate action, biodiversity, human rights, labour practices, social impact, governance, and health. It uncovers both major and emerging themes cited by key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, as well as heightening impact between September and October 2021.

Procurement in a circular economy

Procurement’s contribution to an organisation’s success is about more than managing spend. As the world transitions towards a circular economy, the Procurement department has many vital roles to play.

Supply Chain Interview Series

Deloitte Switzerland reached out to key players in the Swiss manufacturing industry to share their thoughts on how various factors impact supply chains, how they adapt to challenges and what they consider to be the most important ways to build supply chain resilience, beyond COVID-19 and into the future.

Building Supply Chain Resilience beyond COVID-19

Global supply chains were clearly impacted as a result of COVID-19 and the ensuing consequences of the pandemic in markets around the world. Collectively, these events served as a true litmus test for supply chain resilience. Along with their global counterparts, industrial products (IP) companies in Switzerland found themselves quickly needing to address critical dependencies in their supply chains. In addition to close supplier relationships, increased digitalisation and advanced technologies—such as predictive analytics, machine learning and AI—will play an increasingly important role in managing potential supply chain disruptions in the future.

Deloitte Global 2021 Chief Procurement Officer Survey

With changing business dynamics and increasing layers of complexity, expectations of the CPO role have increased. Insights from Deloitte’s 2021 Global CPO Survey suggest that building capabilities focused on agility is CPOs’ best bet to meet and exceed them.

A Circular Transition

The topic of Circular Economy (CE) continues to gain traction in sustainability discourse and programming. The topic is notably included in political agendas such as part of the EU Green Deal, while consumer preference increasingly favours recycled content. And yet a narrow interpretation of CE often causes organisations to miss out on the full value of sustainability initiatives by focusing on recycling alone.

Effectively closing the loop between planning and execution

Synchronising planning and execution is a never-ending struggle in companies with complex supply chains. The typical tendency is to be overly reactive to execution issues without closing the loop with planning. This can lead to neither capability providing the expected value. In this article we explore distinct planning and execution capabilities and what it takes to synchronise them.

2020 CPO Flash Survey reveals shifting procurement strategy amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a time of great uncertainty, defined by volatility across the economy and supply chain. With complexity on the rise, how can leaders evolve their procurement strategy to manage risk and supply continuity issues in order to thrive? Deloitte’s 2020 Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Flash Survey offers insight into preparing for the future of procurement.

Sourcing Optimisation: reach the next level in Digital Procurement

Increasing Procurement impact by leveraging data and automation with advanced technology

Shaping sourcing and procurement in a post-COVID environment

Wider macro risks affect the entire business world and the extended supply chain. Managing procurement risks and cost need to be the priority to adjust to the new economic reality and coordinate investments reducing the complexity of supply chains while at the same time improve supplier transparency.


Richard Bradley

Richard Bradley


Richard is a Partner in the Supply Chain consulting practice at Deloitte Switzerland. With over 15 years of experience in digitally-enabled supply chain transformation and as a thought leader and spea... More