A bloated supply chain can lead to your business leaking costs due to inefficiencies that harm your business profits and take up valuable time. A supply chain that increases in size inevitably becomes difficult to manage, creating issues for the growth and success of your business. 

Lean supply chain management is the solution for your business. It offers a competent approach to eradicating wastage, streamlining convoluted processes and reducing unnecessary costs. Curating a supply chain that ticks all the boxes for your business requires efficiency, understanding and due diligence. In this blog post, we’ll explain exactly how to develop strategic supply chain management, so you can start reaping the rewards in no time!

What is lean supply chain management?

So, let’s unpick the bones of what we mean by the term lean supply chain management. Essentially, the supply chain is at the core of your business operation and can make or break your entire operation. 

A lean supply chain involves understanding customer requirements and analysing the entirety of the supply chain to identify and eliminate waste. When developing your processes, strategic supply chain management should be at the forefront of your development. Communication between all relevant parties is essential, a breakdown in this can lead to problems. It’s why many supply chains fail to function optimally, but the fixes are simple and the advantages are even better!

Lean supply chain benefits

A lean supply chain consists of the following components: 

  • Processes and procedures to reduce costs and wastage, minimising oversupply and labour. 
  • Increased efficiency that speeds up the process, eliminating delays in lead times, reducing downtime, allocating resources and completing projects on time and to a high quality. 
  • Increased productivity levels help foster a culture of continuous improvement across the supply chain, meaning your business can from higher engagement. 
  • Quality improvement reduces errors and leads to fewer defects. A construction project that is high on quality control leads to better quality and efficient use of resources.
  • Customer satisfaction rates are often much higher if a supply chain is managed well. A lean supply chain means on-time delivery for projects, reliable materials and equipment, and better use of resources, keeping your clients happy. 
  • Competitive gains can be crucial in driving more business and building reputations. If your projects are seamless and get the job done, these will reverberate around your industry and your business will fast gain recognition as a reliable, efficient operator. 

Developing a lean supply chain strategy

So, it’s all well and good knowing about the benefits that a lean supply chain can offer, but what are the steps required along the way? Without a lean supply chain strategy, the journey towards an efficient supply chain is going to be a whole lot harder! 

Developing a strategic supply chain requires an all-rounder approach to enhance your effectiveness across the whole of your supply chain. This is achieved through the removal of inefficiencies, optimising workflows and fostering enhanced communication and cooperation among suppliers, manufacturers and customers.

Supply chain duplication

One of the major issues that affects the supply chain is duplication. This is where lean supply chain management comes into play once more. Duplication within the supply chain eats into time, and money and clogs up resources. If your business is frequently identifying problems with the supply chain, that’s too much time spent fixing issues and not enough time spent on growth.

For your supply chain to be duplicate-free, strict supply chain management is essential. Management should regularly audit the supply chain to assess effectiveness and spot potential issues. You can avoid the repercussions of non-compliance by adopting a proactive supply chain strategy to ensure compliance and efficiency are maintained throughout. It’s a much better alternative than staying bogged down trying to manage a complex network of suppliers and clients.

Reducing duplication will contribute to improved supply chain management through increased transparency. While many supply chain problems aren’t directly caused by duplication, the complexity of duplication may make it harder for you to detect risks and deal with them swiftly.

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Streamline your supply chain with SMAS

Start taking advantage of the benefits a lean supply chain offers with our assistance. Our expertise in supply chain management means we’ll take care of all your logistics needs. 

We’ll support all your contractors with our wonderful Health & Safety assessors, with an assessment process that is in line with the SSIP Core Criteria. You’ll gain access to our EL, HR and Health & Safety lines, and we’ll provide your contractors with bespoke templates and guidance – all accessible in one single online platform! 

Benefit from discounts on our highly-acclaimed CITB Training Courses, and we also SSIP packages for contractors and businesses, offering you quick and easy accreditation. You’ll be able to demonstrate your Health and Safety commitments to clients and customers and also benefit from access to our team of in-house experts. 

If you want to request a quote to discuss managing your supply chain, then why not give us a call at 01752 697370? Our team will be happy to offer any advice and further information on your purchase.