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Cost Cutting for Supply Chain and Operations Improvement

Maximising benefits in cost saving and customer satisfaction by taking the radically different actions

20 & 21 April 2015, Singapore

Why should you attend?

Supply chains have become complex with many variables affecting the ultimate cost to serve customers.  The companies have had to cope with rising manufacturing costs over the past few years, impact of offshoring and re-shoring, global recession and increasingly tougher competition.  To avoid the constantly increasing logistics costs, companies need follow the Best-in-Class companies, which have been able to reduce costs or keep them flat through supply chain transformation.  In the face of the steady increases of manufacturing and logistics costs, the old strategies for cost containment no longer have the same impact.  Companies now widely realise that they must re-engineer their supply chains to take out costs and maintain required customer service levels.

This course is for people who are concerned with the operation or design of the cost cutting program and Integrated Business Planning (IBP/ES&OP) process.  This includes people from the functions of:

  • Materials
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Demand Planning
  • Master Scheduling
  • Manufacturing
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer Service

You will learn the latest and practical techniques including cost reduction models, tools and algorithm in supply chain planning and supporting warehouse and inventory, transportation, etc.  This includes taking a project management approach to supply chain strategy development, building cross department and inter-company relationships, reducing costs and generating revenues.

We will explore successful concepts of supply chain strategies and cost reduction approaches as described by James Ayers from CGR Management Consultants, Rita Gunther McGrath, Columbia University Graduate School of Business and Ian MacMilan, Wharton Univeristy of Pennsylvania, from Jimmy Anklesaria, Anklesaria Group and others along with our own firsthand experience.

Key Benefits:

  • Establishing a reliable, flexible and profitable supply chain by effectively re-engineering it with strategic approach and advanced Supply Chain Management toolkit
  • Having a better understanding of Supply Chain Thinking to improve your competitive strategies that in turn allow for optimisation of organisational operations, roles and information systems
  • Mastering the practical project management disciplines to design and improve supply chains based on the respected Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge and other global standards
  • Evaluating the role of enabling processes that support multiple supply chains to better recognise the needs of customer segments and product lines
  • Working toward end-to-end data and process visibility throughout the supply chain to improve utilisation of manufacturing capacity and distribution efficiencies
  • Adopting the specific techniques for identifying and documenting supply chain processes and assuring they satisfy strategic purposes
  • Leading to the demand-driven supply chain through addressing root causes
  • Gaining understanding of the advance inventory management skills and executing in the multi-company chain
  • 60 days post–workshop support via phone/email on workshop covered materials / topics

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for individuals from Purchasing, Supply Management, Engineering, R&D, Manufacturing, Quality, Logistics, Marketing and Finance.  In fact, virtually anyone who is responsible for reducing the all-in-cost of his/her firm’s materials, equipment and services should attend.

CEOs, COOs, EDs, Directors, SVPs, VPs, General Managers, Senior Managers, Managers of:

  • Forecasting/Planning
  • New Product Forecasting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Allocation and Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Demand Management Process
  • Brand Management
  • Promotions Planning
  • Finance
  • Production Planning
  • Merchandising
  • Product Life-Cycle
  • Trade Promotions
  • Retail Collaboration
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Sales Analysis
  • Statistical Modelling


and all others who either can influence what customers will buy or who are responsible for the product availability and customer service or strategic planning.