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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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The ef­fi­cient plan­ning of tem­per­at­ure-con­trolled stor­age for phar­ma­ceut­ic­al products

Article 14 November 2018, Written by Achim Sponheimer, Miebach Consulting

published in Pharma Horizon - vol. 2(3)/2018 w

Unlike the planning of conventional warehouses, additional criteria must be considered for storage and material flow planning in pharmaceutical companies. All areas must be qualified from the very start of planning - including the areas of climate control, documentation of storage conditions (e.g. monitoring system), as well as entrance and access control, and particularly for material flow changes in the production area.

The following article examines the success factors for efficient and successful warehouse planning in climate-controlled areas for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Miebach study 2018: Mer­gers & Ac­quis­i­tions in the Ger­man lo­gist­ics in­dustry

Study 13 September 2018, Written by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Miebach Consulting and Robert Kümmerlen, DVZ

The importance of company acquisitions is increasing among logistics service providers, but very few companies have created the organizational conditions to deal with the topic in a structured way. This conclusion is the result of a survey conducted in May and June of German financial investors and logistics service providers on mergers & acquisitions by the consulting firm Miebach Consulting in cooperation with DVZ.

"More and more companies recognize that M&A is a strategic tool for actively shaping growth opportunities. Nevertheless, it must be noted that there are only a few companies with an institutionalized M&A approach. If M&A is really to become part of the corporate strategy, the companies have to make significant progress" - says Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Member of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting.

The complete study report in German language can be requested free of charge using the form or by e-mail to Ralf Hoffmann (hoffmann@miebach.com), stating the contact details.

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Continu­ous Im­prove­ment: Your Jour­ney from Juni­or Varsity to Pro Level

Whitepaper 05 September 2018, Written by Jason Jackson

Just as there are varying levels of athletic and sporting activities in the US such as recreational, junior varsity, varsity, collegiate, and professional; so too are there levels of continuous improvement concepts, implementations, and cultures within our organizations. All-time great athletes such as Tom Brady, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, and Lisa Leslie didn't start their careers at the highest levels of their game. They began like many other professionals do: by starting off at either young ages or at beginner levels and growing their craft and skillset over time.

This isn't news to anyone, yet when we approach our own continuous improvement journeys within our companies, often we immediately jump into very complex projects such as implementation of a Kanban system, or rolling out a Toyota Production System (TPS) based initiative, introduction of six sigma projects, or a full-blown launch of a Total Quality Management (TQM) system, without first having built some of the very beginning levels of continuous improvement and coaching into our culture.

There are a few significant elements of continuous improvement that will help a novice manager buildup their "junior varsity team" into a more professional continuous improvement organization, and that is the focus of this whitepaper.

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The Poten­tial of Di­git­al­iz­a­tion in Lo­gist­ics and Pro­duc­tion

Whitepaper 17 August 2018, Written by Dr. Reiner Friedland, Miebach Consulting

Industry 4.0 – for companies there‘s just no escaping it. Some have tried going on the offensive, others have tried watching and waiting, and yet others have even tried rejection, but no one can ignore it.

The term “Industry 4.0” refers to the networking of people, systems, and objects in real time within self-organized and optimized value chains. With “Industry 4.0” having lost ist luster, the term “digitalization” is increasingly replacing it. Digitalization describes the transformation of analog processes to digital ones. Digital technologies are omnipresent: at work, at home, and on the go in purses and pants pockets. There’s more to digitalization that just digitalized photos or DVDs replacing VHS, though. The following pages offer insight into the world of opportunities opened up by the use of digital technologies in logistics and production.

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In­teg­rated in­vent­ory op­tim­iz­a­tion for the Con­sumer Goods in­dustry

Whitepaper 08 August 2018, Written by Michael Rasin, Miebach Consulting

Volatile markets, shorter product life cycles, and the predictability of customer needs have a very direct impact on planning accuracy and delivering capacity in companies.

Changes to customer and demand structures, often combined with shifts between the distribution channels and consolidation of the competition, pose additional challenges for the configuration of the supply chain. There continues to be increasing pressure to constantly improve the value chain, and thus also the logistical network, as a sales and differentiation feature. Anyone wanting to gain a competitive advantage in the market with quick delivery times, high availability of products, and maximum flexibility has to achieve this while also keeping costs as low as possible. This is what allows companies to maintain their profitability over the long run.

Simultaneous production, inventory, and transport management has the ability to unleash significant potential for more efficient resource use, especially in the field of Consumer Goods. Optimization that is limited to location- or function-related aspects will indeed bring about immediate improvements, but will never result in optimization of the entire system. 


This whitepaper highlights the essential factors that must be considered for integrated optimization and outlines the procedure for successful project work.

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Brexit and Lo­gist­ic­s: Wait and See or Be Pro­act­ive?

Whitepaper 01 August 2018, Written by Heiko Hitzhuber, Miebach Consulting

Great Britain is leaving the EU - at least that much has been decided. But how will Brexit affect logistics and supply chain management?

Europe will soon be a little bit smaller. No one is quite sure how this will play out yet. There will be consequences - that much is sure. What challenges will crop up in logistics and what should the people in charge be doing?

The entire political debate surrounding Great Britain's exit from the European Union has been plagued by uncertainty. In addition to the uncertain outcome of negotiations between Great Britain and the EU, the presumed aftermath of the negotiated terms also remains unclear. At the same time, less than a year remains to make vital decisions - and that's before implementation even starts.

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The Urb­an Dis­tri­bu­tion of Good­s: Chal­lenges and Solu­tions

Whitepaper 25 June 2018, Written by Pank Bedaux and Maarten Schreppers, Miebach Consulting

In a world where the purchases made online steadily increases and consumers are becoming more demanding in terms of speed and flexibility of service, the urban last mile distribution of goods is a service that gains more relevance every day within the supply chain.

However, national governments - and even more so the municipal administrations - have begun to take restrictive measures for delivery vehicles' access to urban centers, especially in major metropolitan areas, with the aim to avoid congestion and protect the environment.

The two trends are clearly conflicting and require a profound change in the urban distribution model. In this publication we will analyze which are the main challenges of the current model and which solutions are appearing on the horizon.

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Lo­gist­ics Audit - Identi­fy­ing Fields of Ac­tion to Op­tim­ize Ser­vice, Qu­al­ity and Costs

Whitepaper 23 April 2018, Written by Stephen Klein, Miebach Consulting

The logistics audit analyzes and optimizes step-by-step the company’s overall performance on the different operative levels and increases the efficiency of the operating processes.

This white paper provides insight into how potentials are identified in a logistics audit and how implementation measures can be planned.

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White­pa­per “Ro­bot­ic­s4Re­tail” about the us­age of ro­bot­ics in con­sumer goods re­tail­ing (in Ger­man)

Whitepaper 22 January 2018, Written by EHI Retail Institute

The increasing competitive pressure, the improved technical possibilities due to digitization but also the need to make work easier for the employees both in logistics and at the point of sale as well as the partly limited availability of staff are the reasons why automation and robotics have been getting more attention in consumer goods retailing in recent years.

In summer 2017, the EHI Retail Institute carried out a survey on leading retail companies in German speaking countries to further explain the opportunities and challenges of the usage of robotics in retail - both in intralogistics and at the point of sale. The results are demonstrated in the EHI whitepaper (available in German language). Miebach Consulting supports this project within the "Robotics for Retail (R4R)" initative as a cooperation partner.

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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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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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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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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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Dis­tri­bu­tion as a Key Fact­or

Article 21 March 2016, Written by Christian Doepgen (International Transport Journal)

Veröffentlicht in der Logistik-Fachzeitschrift International Transport Journal

Interview mit Bernd Müller-Dauppert über Herausforderungen und Chancen für Unternehmen in Asien-Pazifik

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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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Miebach Study “Dis­tri­bu­tion to Asia Pa­ci­fic: In­creas­ing ser­vice levels char­ac­ter­ize the re­gions of growth”

Study 01 October 2015, Written by Bernd Müller-Dauppert

The heterogeneous Asian-Pacific area increasingly gains importance as a market, with China being the top-performer. The results of the current Miebach Study - Distribution to Asia-Pacific, with more than 126 participants, indicates that 20 % of the surveyed companies already earn more than 15 % of their total turnover in this area.

All signs point to expansion in Asia-Pacific, although companies will have to adjust their delivery time and service level to European standards”, said Bernd Müller-Dauppert, member of the executive board of Miebach Consulting GmbH.

More than 75 % of participants expect an increase in delivery time requirements. As of right now, more than half of the exporting companies have to supply customers within 14 days; almost a quarter within three days. Two thirds of the participants additionally expect an increase in competition, which will result in an even higher service demand. To fulfill delivery time requirements, three quarters of companies pursue a supply chain strategy precisely for Asia-Pacific. Especially the strategic importance of agility and flexibility in the region is assessed highly, followed by the CPFR-concept (Continuous Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment) as well as supply chain transparency. Further important topics for Asian-pacific companies are supply chain differentiation by customer demands as well as the use of current IT-systems.

A majority of companies (41 %) distribute their products in all five Asia- Pacific regions and almost a quarter within four regions. Exporting companies with local production have on average eleven  mainly self-owned warehouses in Asia-Pacific. Only a small number of companies consider developed countries like Australia/ New Zealand and Japan/ South-Korea as attractive production locations. That indicates that companies are following consumer markets: Higher saturated markets have higher customer demands – therefore, a customer proximity is required.

Background of the Study: 

Miebach Consulting conducted a survey in June and July 2015 about distribution to Asia-Pacific. An online survey was used as research method, which was sent to companies from different industries. The survey was analyzed completely anonymously.

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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.