Supply Chain Manufacturing Operations and Strategy

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Smart Manufacturing Solutions: Elevate and Expand Your Strategy

91% of supply chain leaders with smart manufacturing solutions focus on digitizing their manufacturing operations. However, they struggle with two key challenges while implementing a smart manufacturing strategy:

  1. Technology security, commercial availability, and data integrity
  2. Aligning supply chain and factory on smart manufacturing benefits and plans

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    Through the entirety of the pandemic, we experienced capacity utilization at all of our factories of over 100%. We were able to improve our cost of production, collect revenue, ship product... It wasn't easy, and I can tell that without Gartner's support and knowledge, it would've been a lot harder, and we would not have been as successful.

    Michael Koralewski

    Chief of Manufacturing Operations, First Solar

    Delivering innovation in supply chain manufacturing

    Supply chain manufacturing leaders are at a significant crossroad. Factories must not only support organizational endeavors for agility and growth, but also manage the ongoing impacts and risks from COVID-19. 

    Regardless of approach, a clearly defined path to managing a pipeline of innovation projects, unleashing them across multiple sites and using its benefits to continue that pipeline, is required.

    Bimodal is a practice that describes two separate but coherent ways of working that are required for manufacturing operations to build, scale and succeed with new capabilities. When executed well, both modes are inextricably tied to scale; which is repeatable performance that allows companies to move faster and deliver the value of smart manufacturing.

    70% of supply chain leaders report that their smart manufacturing efforts are run in parallel and not integrated with their digital supply chain endeavors.

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    Gartner experts enable supply chain manufacturing leaders in supporting business growth, risk mitigation, and cost optimization.

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    Gartner Power of the Profession™ Supply Chain Awards 2023 for breakthrough supply chain innovations inspires supply chain transformation around the globe. Download the latest award winners report to read examples of supply chain excellence in action.

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    Explore top 3 actions that supply chain leaders responsible for manufacturing operations must take to ensure production is cost-optimized and aligned with the supply chain.

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    Learn new talent expectations from manufacturing leaders and explore 3 distinct actions for workforce development, behavioral shifts, and integrated continuous improvement. 

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    Explore the 20 key activities for managing supply chain manufacturing operations and building a world-class organization. 

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    Demand-Driven Supply Chain for Improved Performance

    A consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturing company had numerous silos within the supply chain function that were inhibiting the flow of information, creating poor service levels and negatively impacting sales. Learn how Gartner helped the client develop a well-defined improvement plan that saved them both time and cost.

    Supply Chain Manufacturing: FAQs

    A manufacturer is a producer of branded or unbranded finished products. A manufacturer could be a contract manufacturer, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or both.

    Manufacturing planning refers to the weekly or daily production and machine schedules across multiple plants or lines to meet orders and forecast demand. Some manufacturing planning modules also incorporate materials planning.

    Smart manufacturing is the notion of orchestrating physical and digital processes within factories and across other supply chain functions to optimize current and future supply and demand requirements. This is accomplished by transforming and improving ways in which people, process and technology operate to deliver the critical information needed to impact decision quality, efficiency, cost and agility.

    Discrete manufacturing is the production of a discrete category of goods (e.g., automobiles, aircraft, computers or component assemblies).

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