Retail Supply Chain Whitepaper - Part One

Authored by Shanaka Jayasinghe, Luke Tomkin & James Allt-Graham
Perspectives on Strategic Investment

Australian retail supply chains must be capable of managing increasing customer expectations (lead-times, pricing, options), channel diversification (online, store, multi-channel, omni-channel) as well as increasingly complex product sourcing strategies.

There are few decisions in an executive’s career which can define one’s stewardship as a success. In today’s economic climate, where company boards are more cost conscious, increasingly such opportunities are emerging from significant supply chain investments with complex and sensitive payback timetables stretching over several years.

To assist executives’ preparation for such high-stakes decisions, this presentation outlines three topical supply chain investments which if implemented effectively can substantially transform an organisation's supply chain into a competitive advantage.

You may also like to read Retail Supply Chain Whitepaper - Part Two - Physical Network Optimisation.

 

At GRA we understand the complex challenges retail organisations are facing.

We can help you with not only designing an optimal retail supply chain, but also ensuring that your inventory is optimised to ensure that the highest possible service levels can be achieved at the lowest possible cost. 

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Testimonials

"GRA helped us reduce inventories and improve operating cash flow by $12 million within 12 months whilst improving stock availability in stores. All the more impressive considering we were growing rapidly, but experiencing tough retail trading conditions at the time."

– Peter Birtles, Managing Director, Super Cheap Auto Group

Typical results

  • 20-40% inventory investment reduction
  • increased service levels ranging up to 99.9%
  • 10%-15% reduction in supply chain operating costs
  • 5%-20% spend management savings
  • the ability to fund business initiatives from operating cash flow (OCF) improvements
  • improved return on capital employed (ROCE)
  • a minimum 3:1 ROI (10:1 to 30:1 typical)