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Managing Di­git­al Pro­cesses in Sup­ply Chain­s: The 5 Prin­cip­al Tasks

Whitepaper 06 October 2017, Written by Gabriela Penabad, Miebach Consulting

With the technology dependency rapidly increasing in business activities and the customers demanding close to immediate responses; having a technical disruption even for a short period of time, has only negative connotations.

The interconnection among the different technologies must be understood, documented, and monitored so that the information flows and the processes perform as expected. Who is responsible for this? A Data Governance Committee that understands not only the technology, but also the processes and the users.

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Study can be obtained from Ralf Hoffmann

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Miebach’s nearshor­ing study shows: the pro­duc­tion is be­ing re­lo­cated closer to the in­dus­tri­al­ized coun­tries

Study 29 June 2017, Written by Miebach Consulting

In today's globalized world of business, the ever-increasing requirements of customers regarding products and services has led to a new trend - nearshoring, which allows the companies to respond to customer needs with shorter delivery times and greater flexibility. Miebach Consulting has conducted an international study on this topic to determine how supply chains are affected by current and future shoring strategies, to evaluate the factors for shoring decisions and to show what shoring trends companies expect in the future.

One of the main conclusions of the study is that an increasing amount of companies (51 % of the participants) are producing in closer proximity to their markets instead of moving the production abroad. The study also shows that this percentage is going to increase even more, since 26 % of the participating companies believe that nearshoring is a trend that is going to have a very high or high relevance in a near future, above the offshoring and the onshoring or local production (22 % and 17 %, respectively). See figure 1.

Asked more in detail about which localization strategy they would choose and where they would like to implement it in the future, respondents pointed out that in Europe the preferred strategy will be nearshoring (69%), in America Onshoring will strengthen (43%), while offshoring is still a major trend in Asian countries (67%). See figure 2.

"Modern production processes ensure a stronger focus on customers and can be a competitive advantage given the right location strategy. This is where Near- and Onshoring become more important for companies. Especially the population within the major economic regions can benefit from job creation due to production in proximity to markets." - Bernd Müller-Dauppert, Member of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting GmbH.

The study participants expect an increase in supply chain complexity due to Near- and Onshoring trends. The process of choosing an optimal shoring strategy and subsequently selecting the ideal location therefore requires an integrated consideration of both supply chain and production networks.

In all, 127 companies from various sectors took part in the study. Around 1/3 of participants are from North and South America and 2/3 are from Europe.

The complete study brochure can be obtained for free from Miebach Consulting, Ralf Hoffmann (hoffmann@miebach.com).

A blog article dealing with the nearshoring trend from the perspective of logistics service providers you will find here

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Select­ing the ideal loc­a­tion for a lo­gist­ics cen­ter – much more than simply us­ing tools!

Whitepaper 20 June 2017, Written by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Miebach Consulting

During the past few years many companies have focused on using tools for modelling their network issues. What all projects have in common is the object of determining the optimal location and number of sites as well as the distribution of inventory within the network in order to meet market service expectations at minimum costs.

In how far can software tools support the selection of the ideal location? What are tools capable of? These questions will be answered in the Miebach whitepaper "Selecting the ideal location for a logistics center - much more than simply using tools!" written by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung.

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4PL – Reviv­al, Fad or Mirage?

Whitepaper 16 June 2017, Written by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Miebach Consulting

The term 4th Party Logistics Service Providers - or 4PL for short - repeatedly comes up in public discussion. Already during the 90's many postulated the success of the concept but this was far away from reality. Comparing the publications, talks and other PR related activities at that time to the number of projects actually implemented it seems that the 4PL euphoria has been more marketing hype than an actual trend.

Long forgotten, the concept is now being revived - 4PL is back in the public debate. But what is this all about, why is this issue being taken up, which players are important and for which kind of industrial and retail customers could this approach be interesting? The following pages give answers to these questions.

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The un­stop­pable evol­u­tion to­wards col­lab­or­at­ive sup­ply chains

22 May 2017, Written by Xavier Farrés and Peter Surtees, Miebach Consulting

published in World of Industries - Intralogistics & Distribution

The strength of a businesses internal Supply Chain capability is a result of the need to adapt to ever changing market expectations. To cope with today’s exponential rate of change an increasing number of businesses are relying on external expertise to innovate and exploit supply chain opportunities. Miebach Consulting believes that collaboration is becoming an indispensable component of leading edge supply chains and the factors that need to be addressed to ensure success.

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Ro­bots in pick­ing lo­gist­ics

Whitepaper 28 April 2017, Written by Dr. Frank Hohenstein and Ole Wagner, Miebach Consulting

This whitepaper gives an insight into current limitations and possibilities of robots in logistics, as well as answers and additional suggestions on the current state of robot-based automation, the feasibility of applications and their opportunities.

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Miebach ser­vices at a glance

29 March 2017, Written by Miebach Consulting

The video gives a short overview of Miebach services and industry expertise.

For further information about the video please contact Ralf Hoffmann (hoffmann@miebach.com).

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M&A-sup­port for lo­gist­ics-affine com­pan­ies as well as fin­an­cial in­vestors

24 January 2017, Written by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Miebach Consulting

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) are playing an increasingly important role in the logistics environment. Both strategists and financial investors endeavor to acquire logistics services providers, logistics IT companies and logistics equipment manufacturers – and normally seek external support for this purpose.

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Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for lo­gist­ics ser­vices pro­viders

24 January 2017, Written by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Miebach Consulting

The strategic development of a company is a challenge for many logistics services providers, and previous methods only lead to insufficient solutions. While during the 90s and 2000s the focus was to successfully establish new businesses, it has now changed to attracting new business opportunities. This change is challenging the whole industry.

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Experience Report can be obtained from Ellen Wood

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Sup­ply Chain Design Tips E-Book

Experience Report 21 December 2016, Written by Nich Banich, LLamasoft

Miebach’s participation at the 2016 LLamasoft Summercon Conference included a session on Ideal Supply Chain Design presented by Nick Banich.  The response from the presentation was very positive, and in consequence we have collaborated with LLamasoft to create an E-Book on the topic to be made available to those who were not in attendance.

“The idea of the ’10 Pillars of Supply Chain Design’ was to share the very high-level strategy that we ourselves employ when beginning a project of this nature for a client,” explained Nick, Miebach partner in the US. “By sharing this information with other supply chain professionals, Miebach and LLamasoft can show the value of our respective roles within a design project for our clients.  Between our expertise and the comprehensive Supply Chain Guru software, network designs are able to achieve a greater positive impact for the client’s overall business plan.”

Miebach’s LLamasoft Center of Excellence supports both owners and non-owners of the software across the full spectrum of supply chain design and transformation. 

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Study can be obtained from Ralf Hoffmann

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Chal­lenges ahead! Miebach pharma study 2016 re­veals sup­ply chain trends

Study 12 May 2016, Written by Martin Eckert

The study brochure about the new Miebach pharma survey 2016 with 256 participants is now available. The results show: The pharmaceutical industry is giving its supply chain and logistics a much greater importance than in the past. The top subjects in the pharmaceutical logistics are end-to-end supply chain visibility and optimizing the distribution networks. The increasing volume of refrigerated and frozen products and serialization of product codes are further challenges supply chain managers are facing.

"Our European study clearly shows that most pharmaceutical companies see the European market as a whole region, while national borders are becoming less important, except for specific legislation or distribution channels" - says Martin Eckert, Global Pharma Expert & Director, Miebach Consulting. Optimization of the distribution network has grown very much in importance (from 76 % to 86 %). The initiatives are aiming to transform many national networks into one more efficient and transparent European network, alongside with other many issues.

Topics like improving supplier management (86 %), end-to-end supply chain visibility (93 %), improving forecasting accuracy (84 %) and track & trace (82 %) are some of the most significant issues for the management, very much in line with the previous Miebach pharma study from 2012. Optimization through automation (64 %), outsourcing (62 %) and constructing new warehouses compliant with GxP guidelines (54 %) are also important topics.

The full study report including derived recommendations for action (available in English, German and Spanish language) can be obtained by Ralf Hoffmann (please fill out the inquiry form next to this text).

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Sup­ply Chain in­creases the Avail­ab­il­ity of Goods

Whitepaper 06 March 2016, Written by Miebach Consulting

Published in the Logistics Magazine f+h 01/2016

Case Study about Supply Chain Transformation (pdf see download area).

Link to the English version: https://keosk.3dz.com/apps/#/html5/mag/Hlo1K5ArYgLkC/page/18

Link to the Turkish version: https://keosk.3dz.com/apps/#/html5/mag/2OXmhhGD3rREt/page/22

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Article can be obtained from Wiebke Tillmanns

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Science Fic­tion or on­com­ing real­ity?

Article 02 May 2015, Written by Dr. Joachim Miebach

The article deals with three technological trends, which might revolutionize the world and have a major impact on supply chains: 3D, printing, robots and drones.