PwC Global Supply Chain Survey 2013

According to the PwC Global Supply Chain Survey 2013 leaders are investing in a number of differentiating practices:

Supply chain value driver Top three differentiating practices of leaders
Maximum delivery performance
  1. Collaboration with key customers on planning
  2. End to end supply chain planning and visibility
  3. Vendor managed inventory direct replenishment model
Minimised costs
  1. Best cost country sourcing
  2. Diffentiated order to delivery time
  3. Differentiated service level, including potential reduction
Maximised volume flexibility and responsiveness
  1. Internal capacity flexibility 80% – 120%
  2. Flexible shift models/payment structure
  3. Regional supply chain set up
Minimised Risks
  1. Multiplication of sources and sole sourcing avoidance
  2. Regular review of suppliers’ financial risk and mitigation through risk-sharing partnerships
  3. Visibility and regular monitoring of main suppliers’ operational indicators
Complexity management
  1. Development of multiskilled employees to cope with complexity
  2. Late stage product customisation
  3. Use of distributors and other channel partners
Sustainability
  1. Agreement with supply chain partners to adhere to heighes ethical standards
  2. Responsible supply chain partner footprint and procurement framework
  3. Internal carbon footprint optimisation and improvement
Tax optimisation and efficiency
  1. Manufacturing and assembly optimisation (toll manufacturing)
  2. Localisation of inventory ownership in tax efficient countries
  3. Localisation of procurement organisation in tax efficient countries e.g Singapore, Switzerland, Cayman Islands