GRA is an expert consulting firm specialising in supply chain strategy, planning & execution. We can define optimal supply chain strategies and structures, design high performance facilities and embed the best-practice operating processes and systems required for superior performance. We are results focussed and have proven approaches for quickly delivering sustainable improvements in working capital, cost and service level performance. We provide our clients with a sustainable competitive advantage by significantly improving margins, asset efficiency and supply chain responsiveness.
Our team has extensive commercial supply chain and logistics experience across a broad range of industries and at all levels of the process, both strategic and operational. We also have powerful, proven supply chain optimisation toolsets that quickly find opportunities and enable businesses to act with confidence. This is a powerful and unique combination of skills and tools, and we are the only firm in Australia with this end-to-end analysis, design & delivery capability.
Importantly, our approach is practical, and we work hands-on and side-by-side with our clients throughout the implementation process to transfer knowledge and up-skill our clients’ teams. We aim for a minimum 3:1 ROI, with the typical returns ranging from 10:1 – 30:1. We also offer success sharing arrangements which links our remuneration to the results delivered.View the GRA supply chain consultants Overview brochure.
Examples of our supply chain and logistics consulting Professional Services include:
Supply Chain Strategic Review & Network Optimisation
This service determines the optimal supply chain and distribution network structure to support the business' service proposition, whilst minimising costs and capital. Growth plans and future business strategies are taken into account, and several options are presented with a business case including expected benefits, transformation costs, timing and feasibility. In addition to GRA’s proprietary tools and methodologies for the analysis, we also use the industry accepted Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model to document the supply chain so that it is easier to add to in the future and integrate with trading partner's supply chains should collaboration be of interest.
4C Analysis – Optimises Capital, Costs, Customer Service Levels & Capacity
GRA's 4C Analysis is a sophisticated, fact-based analysis that identifies easily implemented improvement opportunities. It optimises the 4Cs - Capital, Costs, Customer service levels and Capacity, and focuses on policies, planning practices and systems.
The 4C Analysis uses bottom-up, fact-based modelling to determine what products should be stocked in what locations and how much inventory should be held by product, by location. The analysis considers service level targets, costs throughout the supply chain, demand volumes, logistics capacities and supplier constraints (order minimums, etc). It determines the minimum amount of inventory required to meet service levels at the lowest cost, which then highlights where the opportunities are to improve inventory balance. Once the model is established, it can also be used to simulate other options.
The output creates a clear and auditable picture of the business case (quantifiable financial, efficiency and performance improvements) and what is required to realise and sustain the benefits. A recommended stocking policy is also provided in order to optimise inventories and costs against customer service level targets. KPIs/benchmarks are supplied for demand, inventory and supply chain functions.
Working Capital Quick Hits & Rapid Cash Generation
Working Capital Quick Hits is a targeted hands-on project to rapidly reduce inventory and free-up cash. We work side by side with your
team to deliver improvements in working capital and service levels whilst minimising operating costs. Working Capital Quick Hits delivers fast
and sustainable improvements to planning policies, processes and systems.
Facility Optimisation & Design
GRA's Facility Optimisation & Design service encompasses
the complete analysis, planning and design for a targeted distribution
centre within your existing network. Using our proprietary optimisation
tools and methodologies, GRA's supply chain consultants develop
advanced mathematical models to analyse current and historical
distribution activities. By applying various strategic forecasts,
operating policies and existing business constraints to those models,
we are able to replicate likely future scenarios and develop
appropriate design alternatives to fit these scenarios. Our Facility
Optimisation & Design service:
Demand, Inventory & Supply Chain (DISC) Policy Development
This service develops a suite of policies to govern supply chain activities and provides a basis for performance measurement. Consistent with our service suite, policies are optimised based on cost, service, capital and capacity considerations. Policies can be developed across the supply chain, and include areas such as:
Production Policy Optimisation
The Production Policy Optimisation analysis determines optimal run cycle policies based on cost, inventory, service performance and capacity trade-offs. This exercise provides a fact-based picture of the opportunity inherent in enhanced run policies, and can model multiple scenarios and/or policies. Changes to manufacturing processes, constraints and/or capability can also be modelled to determine the expected benefit versus the expected investment required to implement the change.
Planning Process Development
The assessment, enhancement and development of best practice demand, inventory and supply planning processes is one of our core offerings. GRA's process expertise and experience includes:
Structure & Change Management
This is an advisory service focusing on team structures, performance measures, roles and responsibilities, and skills required. GRA also creates implementation plans cognisant of feasibility, requirements, opportunities and risks in moving to a new structure(s).
Supplier Performance Review
This is a review of the supplier base to identify supply variability, performance, cost and constraints with a view to identifying performance improvements.
Cost-to-Serve, Time-to-Serve & Profitability Analysis
This analysis identifies the cost-to-serve and time-to-serve for different product, inventory, supplier and customer segments/channels. It determines true product profitability by factoring in supply chain costs (which are typically overlooked). It identifies which products or channels increase or decrease returns to the business and segments them accordingly.
Sales and Operations Planning is a powerful on-going management and performance measurement process that integrates business plans, financial budgets, operational planning and execution. The aim is to integrate ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ planning using a single set of numbers, perform gap analyses to identify where operational plans do not reach targets and to enable fact-based trade-off decisions to be made. Our S&OP implementation process:
Systems Configuration & Implementation (Turbo Charger)
GRA has worked with a wide range of systems including Manugistics, i2, SAP, Movex, QAD and Oracle, and as such provides a wealth of knowledge regarding systems configuration and implementation issues. In addition, GRA provides Australian support for GAINS. The aim is to ensure that planning systems are optimally configured to support the business goals, operating environment and planning processes. Planning systems enablement and enhancement provides for:
The aim is deliver the maximum possible benefit for your investment in planning systems and to transfer the knowledge for planning system configuration and maintenance to your team. The analytical piece will create a fact-based business case for the recommended configuration(s).
Data Quality Enhancement
The Data Quality Enhancement is a stand-alone service that:
GRA has helped numerous organisations improve the quality of their data by 'plugging gaps', standardising data policies, establishing data ownership and maintenance processes, and inputting and verifying information that resides in the business but not in the systems.
Coaching & Mentoring
GRA has a team of Coach Mentors whose primary role is to work side by side with clients at the planning and execution levels to ensure processes are embedded, new skills are learned, knowledge is transferred and that any new disciplines become regular behaviour. Our Coach Mentors are experienced industry practitioners and have spent between 15 and 20 years in planning roles themselves. Coaching & Mentoring is different to Training & Education because it provides valuable support and guidance to the planning team whilst they are doing the job. It is hands-on, and usually one-on-one to address any specific characteristics of a practitioner’s work. We have found that Coaching & Mentoring is what makes processes and systems deliver sustainable results, specifically because it addresses the 'people issues'. Coaching & Mentoring up-skills our clients’ teams, embeds the new disciplines and lays the foundations for sustainability. This is a unique, proven service that GRA has developed and refined over many years, and it consistently delivers superior results.
Training & Education
GRA offers a range of training and education services covering (amongst others) demand management, inventory planning, replenishment
planning, and performance management. In addition to providing regular training and education programs to our clients, GRA has also authored
and delivered the 'Managing Supply Chain Inventory' and the 'Network Modelling & Optimisation' courses within Monash University’s Supply Chain & Logistics Masters Program in the
School of Business & Economics.
Inventory Optimisation Bureau Service
The Inventory Optimisation Bureau Service is an outsourced forecasting and planning function. It is a complete packaged solution that provides:
With the Inventory Optimisation Bureau Service, our proven
resources become part of your planning team, and we work with you on an
on-going basis to deliver desired business outcomes.
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