In today’s competitive global marketplace, leading manufacturers are finding more and more that they must address and optimize their MRO supply chain in order to minimize their risk exposure and better compete. MRO is critical to the success of manufacturing – not just the MRO supply, but the processes behind that supply as well. In an ever-changing business environment, these distributors have been shifting their focus towards eProcurement in order to survive and thrive - while the smaller suppliers struggle to adapt.
At SDI, our supplier partners are part of the MRO supply chain ecosystem that delivers maximum value to our clients. Read about the importance of supplier relationship management and how to break it down into five primary tasks.
In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).
Spend Matters recently wrote about why procurement organizations should take a fresh look at their MRO and be more strategic, rather than just reducing supply chains down to a reductionist spend taxonomy.
The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.
Here’s where the Six Sigma project team starts identifying and implementing solutions. The solution should significantly reduce the influence of the main causes identified in the Analyze phase. Along with the improvements, the team creates a plan to evaluate the solution(s) and monitor ongoing performance.
You've identified the "big Y." Now what? The Analyze phase is the time to start looking for the root causes of the issues that broke the process. SDI Master Black Belt, Paula Hasbrouck, breaks down the DMAIC process, one letter at a time.