Supply Chain

Tefen has divided the supply chain field into five specialties

The main challenge facing supply chain organizations today is delivering the right product at the right time and in the correct quantity, while maintaining a minimal cost. Major changes in recent times have taught us that it is increasingly difficult to meet this challenge due to a variety of reasons.

Supply chain strategy defines the vision, principles and objectives relevant to operating a supply chain. This strategy must be an integral part of an organization's business strategy because it can be a key component in achieving a competitive advantage.

From conducting projects in the field of supply chain management, Tefen Management Consulting has extensive experience in a variety of different supply chain applications. During any project in this field, Tefen performs analysis, plans and implements supply chain strategies that are specially tailored to a specific company's requirements and unique needs.

Tefen has divided the supply chain field into five major specialties: strategy and risk management, planning, procurement, distribution and logistics and reverse logistics and green supply chain. With its effort and resources in each of these areas, Tefen assists organizations in building and maintaining a competitive, efficient and responsive supply chain.

Strategy and Risk Management

In many organizations the connections between corporate strategies, the business environment and operational processes are loose and sometimes nonexistent. Tefen has extensive experience in designing and implementing supply chain strategies that combine a company's competencies, the business environment, as well as risks and opportunities.

Planning

Tefen designs supply chains based on customer strategy and goals. Planning deals with defining the supply chain strategy, synchronizing work interfaces and establishing basic principles for inventory management based on the level of service provided by the company.

Procurement

Procurement expenses are often the largest expenses for an organization. Therefore, procurement excellence is vital for improving and maintaining profitability.

We use a methodological approach and a bottom line orientation in our procurement related projects. Tefen starts projects with a focused assessment to identify procurement opportunities by mapping the business environment, potential suppliers, supplier segments, expense span, etc. After defining a roadmap for procurement and sourcing excellence that is aligned with your organization's business strategy, Tefen will support you all the way through complete implementation. 
Over the years, Tefen has managed to save customers a significant amount of money in their procurement processes.

Distribution and Logistics

Global trade, supplier location, oil prices and the level of service and availability required by the market are becoming more dynamic. Meanwhile, excellence in transportation and distribution has begun to critically impact an organization's profitability. Over the years Tefen has successfully led various projects in this area with multiple clients all over the world. The connection of deep operational understanding of a company's economic/business vision and its bottom line orientation (e.g. Cost to Serve and Route to Market) is a main factor for Tefen in transportation and distribution related projects.

Reverse Logistics and Green Supply Chain

In recent years the world of green supply chain and reverse logistics has become more meaningful in terms of operational, promotional and even regulatory aspects (packaging laws, carbon footprint measurement etc.). Tefen is a leader and pioneer in this field and has assisted many global companies implement new strategies in these areas. Tefen has a variety of methodologies that can help customers keep pace with business development, the green trend and its implications for supply chains.

Strategy and Risk Management in Supply Chain

In many organizations the connections between corporate strategies, the business environment and operational processes are loose and sometimes nonexistent. Tefen has extensive experience in designing and implementing supply chain strategies that combine a company's competencies, the business environment, as well as risks and opportunities.

Planning

Supply chain planning is vital for achieving strategic goals set by a company's management. Tefen’s experience with all phases of supply chain is essential when planning a suitable and efficient process that can adjust to changing markets.

Supply Chain Strategy Design

Supply chains are often a cost center that provide services for various functions in an organization such as manufacturing and sales. 
Strategic goals of an organization are not defined by its supply chain body, but by the general management through a sales and marketing perspective (profitability, market share, branding etc). However, when a business strategy is in place, the supply chain planning function is accountable for defining supply chain strategy and operational concepts that will optimally support the strategic goals of the organization. The supply chain strategy by define how many logistic centers are needed and their deployment, in-house vs. outsource (make or buy) decisions, R&Rs, continuous improvement processes and more.

Managing Inventory vs. Service Level Policy

Inventory policy is one of the main supply chain challenges. After a desired service level is defined (in accordance with the business strategy), an optimal inventory policy must be set to support the defined service level while minimizing costs. When defining an inventory policy many factors must be taken into account: item cost, volume, weight, demand and demand variability, lead time and LT variability, critical stage in lifecycle, and more. 

Because inventory policy strongly affects cash flow (cash to cash KPI is used to measure this), it is critical to business performance. Although a variety of supportive inventory optimization systems are available, many organizations lack maturity in service level and inventory processes.

Procurement

A strategic, integrated, and efficient procurement organization is a competitive advantage. Therefore, Tefen sets a goal to upgrade its customers' organizations and their purchasing excellence scale by using its vast experience from projects throughout the value chain, locally and globally.

Strategic sourcing requires on-going analysis to evaluate the right mix of products and services, and determine the appropriate suppliers and terms and conditions to balance cost, quality, and risk.

Real time information from customers located downstream in the supply chain has become a significant asset to compete in changing markets. Using Tefen's knowledge and experience, many organizations have significantly improved their response time and risk exposure caused by this change.

We believe that procurement departments should be involved from the product engineering process in order to save later expenses from purchasing materials or components and storage.

Distribution & Logistics

There are numerous ways to define the distribution and logistics processes in a supply chain. Many companies however have not succeeded in setting an optimal process that suits their needs, and therefore they are wasting significant resources. Tefen's wide range of operational expertise enables us to support our customers throughout their supply chains and bring them to an optimal status.

Network Optimization

By analyzing customers and suppliers deployment, companies can optimize their networks and define optimal locations for logistic centers, distribution centers, and branches, based on transportation options, ports proximity, lead times etc.

Logistic and Distribution Center Design

With its ability to see the big picture and understand organizational strategy, Tefen is able to give its customers an optimal detailed design for logistic and distribution centers, as well as storage system designs with specification documents (RFP) for storage and convey systems.

Performance Improvement

Tefen has expertise in implementing Lean methodology and has led many customers to optimize their resource consumption while reducing cost and increasing outputs.

Reverse Logistics and Green Supply Chain

In recent years the world of green supply chain and reverse logistics has become more meaningful in terms of operational, promotional and even regulatory aspects (packaging laws, carbon footprint measurement etc.). Tefen is a leader and pioneer in this field and has assisted many global companies implement new strategies in these areas. Tefen has a variety of methodologies that can help customers keep pace with business development, the green trend and its implications for supply chains.