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Supply Chain Consulting

Supply Chain and the Cannsult Value Proposition 

Cannsult Understands the Supply Chain...

Welcome to the world of transformative efficiency and seamless operations – where the complexities of supply chains are untangled and optimized. Our expertise in the Supply Chain illuminates the path to success for businesses navigating the intricate webs of global trade, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and logistics. With a wealth of industry expertise and data-driven insights, our consulting services unlock the true potential of supply chains, streamlining processes, minimizing costs, and maximizing profitability. Join us as we embark on a collaborative journey, revolutionizing your supply chain to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving marketplace.

Understanding Technology’s impact on Manufacturing

The impact of technology on the supply chain has been nothing short of revolutionary, reshaping the way businesses operate and altering the entire landscape of logistics, procurement, and distribution. Technology has brought about numerous benefits and efficiencies, including:

  1. Enhanced Visibility: Advanced tracking and monitoring technologies, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and GPS, have provided real-time visibility into the movement of goods throughout the supply chain. This enables businesses to identify bottlenecks, anticipate disruptions, and make informed decisions to improve overall performance.

  2. Data Analytics and Predictive Insights: With the vast amounts of data generated by supply chain processes, businesses can now harness the power of data analytics and artificial intelligence to gain valuable insights. Predictive analytics helps in demand forecasting, inventory management, and optimizing production schedules, leading to better decision-making and cost savings.

  3. Efficient Inventory Management: Technology has revolutionized inventory management through automation and optimization tools. Smart inventory systems can monitor stock levels, trigger reorder points, and even automatically place orders, reducing carrying costs and stockouts while ensuring items are readily available when needed.

  4. E-commerce and Omni-channel Fulfillment: Technology has enabled the rise of e-commerce, transforming the way consumers shop and how products are delivered. Supply chain technologies support omnichannel fulfillment, seamlessly integrating online and offline channels, ensuring a consistent customer experience.

  5. Supply Chain Automation: Robotics and automation have streamlined repetitive tasks within the supply chain, from packaging and sorting to warehouse operations. This has resulted in increased speed and accuracy while reducing human errors and labor costs.

  6. Sustainable Practices: Technology has facilitated the implementation of sustainable practices in supply chains. Through data analytics, companies can assess their carbon footprint, optimize transportation routes, and make eco-friendly decisions to minimize environmental impact.

  7. Supply Chain Collaboration: Cloud-based platforms and collaborative software enable seamless communication and coordination among supply chain partners. This fosters better collaboration, transparency, and trust, resulting in smoother operations and improved efficiency.

  8. Last-Mile Delivery Innovations: Advancements in technology have spurred innovations in last-mile delivery, including drone and autonomous vehicle deliveries. These technologies promise faster and more cost-effective delivery solutions for urban areas.

In summary, technology has become an indispensable driving force behind supply chain optimization, cost reduction, increased speed, and improved customer satisfaction. Embracing and adapting to the ever-evolving tech landscape is crucial for businesses seeking a competitive edge in the modern global marketplace.

Cannsult Improvement Examples (Quick Version): SUPPLY CHAIN

Continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma principles have been widely applied in supply chain management to optimize processes, reduce waste, and enhance overall efficiency. Here are some examples of how these improvement methodologies have been implemented in the supply chain:

  1. Reducing Lead Times: By analyzing each step in the supply chain process, companies can identify bottlenecks and streamline operations to reduce lead times. This leads to faster order fulfillment and improved customer satisfaction.

  2. Inventory Management: Applying Lean principles helps optimize inventory levels by identifying and eliminating excess stock, minimizing carrying costs, and ensuring products are available when needed.

  3. Kaizen Events: Companies often conduct Kaizen events, where cross-functional teams work together to identify and implement small, incremental improvements in specific areas of the supply chain. These events can lead to significant efficiency gains and cost savings.

  4. Error Reduction: Six Sigma tools, like DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control), can be applied to analyze data and identify root causes of errors or defects in supply chain processes. By addressing these issues, companies can significantly reduce errors and improve quality.

  5. Supplier Collaboration: Implementing continuous improvement practices with suppliers can lead to better communication, reduced lead times, and higher product quality. This collaborative approach fosters long-term partnerships and more reliable supply chains.

  6. Standard Work Procedures: Creating standardized work procedures in the supply chain helps ensure consistent performance, reduces variability, and simplifies training for new employees.

  7. Just-In-Time (JIT) Delivery: JIT is a Lean concept that focuses on delivering materials or products exactly when needed, eliminating the need for excess inventory. This approach minimizes holding costs while maintaining a steady flow of production.

  8. Value Stream Mapping: Value stream mapping is a Lean tool used to visualize and analyze the flow of materials and information throughout the supply chain. It helps identify inefficiencies and areas for improvement.

  9. Cross-Training Employees: Cross-training employees to handle multiple tasks in the supply chain ensure flexibility and agility in responding to fluctuations in demand and staffing requirements.

  10. Continuous Monitoring and Feedback: Implementing regular performance metrics and feedback loops allow companies to continuously monitor the supply chain's performance and make data-driven improvements.

By adopting continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma principles, companies can create agile, customer-focused, and cost-effective supply chains that adapt to changing market conditions and deliver value to both customers and stakeholders.

4 Basic Steps: How we work with you to improve your organization –

Step 01: Discovery and Planning 

  • Understand the organization. (Type of Manufacturing, Customer/Market, Company History, Org Structure) 

  • Understand your organizational goals. 

  • Understand current challenges and risks facing your organization.

  • Meet the team and understand resource constraints.

  • Prepare a high-level plan including scope, timeline, resources required, and expected ROI.

  • Solidify Statement of Work.

Step 02: Prepare Leaders and Infrastructure 

  • Understand current infrastructure to support improvements. (if any) 

  • Identify internal Continuous Improvement Lead(s).  

  • Meet with each Departmental or Business Unit Leader. (in scope) 

  • Perform an initial Assessment to identify opportunities and to be used as a baseline. 

  • For each Department/Business Unit: 

- Create a high-level process map.

- Identify KPIs. (aligned with Organizational goals) 

- Establish Visual Performance Management. (A graphical representation of KPIs) 

- Perform a Gap/Opportunity Assessment.

  • Prioritize Gaps and Opportunities.

  • Provide training to leaders (Sponsors, Champions) who will be supporting the Improvement Teams. (2-day training)

  • Provide stakeholder training; a high-level overview of the method, tools, and terminology to ensure organizational alignment. (2-hour training) 

Step 03: Implement Daily Problem-Solving

  • Select initial areas of focus, Departments, Functions, or Work Areas. Which may include core functions, Engineering, Supply Chain, Production, Quality, etc. And/or support functions, HR, Technology, Finance/Accounting, Legal, etc.

  • Prioritize and scope based on impact on organizational goals, logical sequence, and resource availability.

  • Select initial daily problem-solving teams.

  • Provide training for daily problem-solving teams. (5-day training)

  • Implement Daily Problem-Solving and Visual Performance Management in each selected area.

  • Identify issues to be escalated; issues that require a higher skill level to resolve. (E.g. cross-functional issues, high complexity, high risk, high cost, etc.)

Step 04: Root Cause Analysis Projects

  • With Departmental Leaders, prioritize escalated issues based on impact, logical sequence, and resource availability.

  • Select initial Root Cause Analysis (Green Belt) teams.

  • Provide Green Belt Training (Root Cause Analysis project training) for selected team members; Projects launched during training. (8-day training) 

  • Provide project direction and support throughout the project duration. (Estimate 3 to 4 months for each improvement project)

  • Provide direction and support through project closure.

  • Validate improvement results and calculate ROI.

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