Supply Chain Management

& Operations

Christoph Ebensperger


How we approach Supply-Chain-Management professionally

Prosperous companies successfully adapt to the constantly growing challenges regarding flexibility and responsiveness in volatile value chains. A sustainable competitive advantage is achieved by transparency, integration and efficiency in material and information flows within a company and across its network. From our experience, we distinguish two success factors: On the one hand, the implementation and optimization of processes along the entire supply chain. On the other hand, a change methodology is required that involves management and employees equally from the beginning. The complementary CNX consulting approach is always considering both success factors.



Topics in Supply Chain Management

& Operations 

Rearrangement of production planning for a supplier in the automotive industry.

"A mid-sized supplier of the automotive industry faced growing back orders and could not ensure in time deliveries to the OEM anymore. We supported the company by rearranging their production planning process and by among other things selective planning of set-up times. Thereby, set-up times could be reduced by about 20% and output could be increased. In addition, the consolidation of batches with similar material has permanently increased the product quality."


Using resources more effectively

Improving productivity is an omnipresent intent from companies of all industries, since idle resources are expensive. However, the term "productivity" is broadly used in different contexts, creating an abundance of opportunities and levers. High complexity arises quickly and the identification of purposeful, targeted actions becomes more and more difficult. We will support you with our knowledge and experience to find the right approach for your company in order to sustainably increase your productivity and hence, to achieve your corporate objectives.


Flexible supplier network of an automotive manufacturer

"In order to respond quicker to market-related volatility, an OEM of the automotive industry aimed for designing the supply chain more flexible. Supply problems should be solved faster and more effective. We supported the company to develop tools and processes for a short-term adaption of capacity in the supplier network. As a result, demand fluctuations of about 15% could be compensated."


Acting in a dynamic environment

Rigid processes and structures, which have been growing for decades, can often no longer rule the complexity and volatility nowadays. Thereby, bottlenecks occur or capacity remains unused, which leads to increased costs and sinking revenue. In order to persist in the market, a company must be able to adapt flexibly to changing circumstances and outside influences. Processes in sales, production and purchasing must be interconnected and planning processes must be coordinated comprehensively. We support companies by designing their processes flexibly.


Introduction of goal-oriented SCM-controlling at a plant manufacturer

"A mid-sized plant manufacturer aimed for an improvement in delivery date adherence, but also in quality and production efficiency. By introducing SCM-controlling we could first establish transparency for the performance of the whole supply chain. Based on that we identified the right levers together with the team and could derive methods and tools of lean management."


KPI-based planning, controlling and designing

Do you know your current delivery quality, the degree of efficiency in your production or your logistics costs for transport, transshipment and storage? Cost and process transparency in the supply chain provides the basis for being highly responsive to changes. It is the foundation of reliable planning and control and enables you to select goal-driven optimization measures. Now the question comes up: Do you already manage your supply chain based on indicators?

Product cost optimization in the commercial vehicle industry

"A commercial vehicle manufacturer had to lower the product costs at constant quality in order to stay competitive. Through a zero-based approach the project team could generate a baseline product that fulfills the fundamental requirements of the customers and allows optional equipment at the same time. As a result, a sustainable product cost reduction of 5% could be established."


Sustainable increase of the bottom-line

Along the supply chain, companies are facing cost pressure in diverse areas and on diverse levels. It is about competitiveness and therefore surviving in a demanding environment. Whether in areas like procurement, logistics, production, distribution or right on the product, everything has an impact on the performance of a company and potential for savings can be found everywhere. Through our long-term expertise and comprehensive view, we help you to lower your costs and thus increase your margins.


Dynamic simulation for supply chain optimization

"A medium-sized customer of the logistics sector had to restructure its disposition and delivery. There was uncertainty with regard to the required delivery times and long-term amount of demand. Through dynamic simulations we modeled delivery routes and tested them over time given varying parameters. Thereby, we could support our customer to design his logistic structures aligned to his goals and despite the imponderables."


Designing supply chains efficiently in the long run

Increased service expectations of customers, shorter product cycles and high demand volatility require an efficient and flexible logistics network. Creating such a network is a challenging task for companies, as both the cooperation with customers and suppliers must be intensified and internal processes must be adapted. In order to realize this task with purpose, a strategy is necessary, in which the long-term dynamic environment of companies is considered. Together with you we develop such a strategy, to exploit your potentials for a long-term efficient supply chain.


Our success factors for the implementation

„The interconnection of their supply chain is a complex challenge for our customers. We propose the following approach: Collectively elaborating the objective and a strategy, provide conditions for industry 4.0 in the processes and integrating technologies appropriately. In doing so, it is essential to highlight the opportunities of industry 4.0 for employees in a sustainable way.“

Internet of Things

Interconnection in the manufacturing industry

What does industry 4.0 mean for a company? To what extent do consequences have an impact on a supply chain? Such questions are discussed, when this subject is initiated in companies. Technological drivers like the internet of things, cyber-physical systems and big data enable new business models and contribute to an efficiency enhancement along the supply chain. We consult you about chances for your company, but also about risks that arise when industry 4.0 is implemented.


Quick-check for digitization of processes in small and mid-sized companies

"With our digitization quick-check we examine the digital maturity of your company. It is the beginning to identify fields of action and to elaborate an individual digitization road map. Thereby, a diversity of processes is considered, from product development to purchase and production processes or after-sales and service activities."


Successful progress in times of digital change

When is it beneficial for companies to change established processes and which technologies are suitable for this? Numerous opportunities for digitalization are available for companies to both improve internal processes and processes within the whole supply chain network. Despite the diverse range of new digital solutions, today many business processes are still manual, non-transparent and prone to errors. In order to exploit the entire potential, a consistent digitalization of business processes is crucial. Therefore, it is required to develop a holistic objective to consequently form the digital change in a company step by step.


Monitoring utilization and CO2-emission

of JIT-transports

"An automotive manufacturer engaged us to monitor JIT-transports to his production plants. Thereby, transport data was evaluated in a structured way regarding utilization of trucks and their CO2 emission. We successfully identified potentials both, for a higher utilization and possible CO2 savings. Therefore, our customer could realize ecological and economical objectives in combination."


Integrating ecological awareness

For buying consumables, an ecological awareness has been established on customer side for a long time. In order to offer appropriate products, corporate strategies are more and more influenced by sustainability. As a consequence, the own supply chain is focused particularly regarding the CO2 footprint. However, measures for that are not necessarily determined only by ecological reasons, as cost savings often go hand in hand. Together with you we will examine how both objectives can be realized in your company.

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