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ICG’s Integrated Supply Chain Analysis (ISCA) serves the buyer and purchasing manager as well as professionals in sourcing, engineering, supply chain and commodity management, operations, risk analysis, business continuity, audit, legal and finance by delivering solutions through:

  • Consulting – solve an immediate operational issue
  • Needs assessment – identify gaps and recommend solutions
  • Training – close gaps, build skills
  • Requirements definition – rigorous “use cases” for client software tools
  • Turnkey applications – build, host and maintain turnkey client tools

Integrated Supply Chain Analysis (ISCA) tools can be used independently or in combination. Clients can use ISCA to solve immediate broad needs through consulting, training or IT solutions or backfill temporary needs through consulting alone.

ISCA is the result of over twenty years of automotive and transportation consulting to purchasing, engineering, program office, logistics, risk mitigation, risk and restructuring, strategic planning, application development and business continuity units. ISCA addresses challenges in multiple areas:

  • Purchasing buyers operate on short time horizons. Purchasing demands focus that utilizes scarce cost estimation and other resources to best advantage. Benchmarking and supply chain analysis must quickly evaluate potential suppliers and their products over a wide range of corporate, industry and supplier-specific variables.
  • Supply chain managers must address larger risks out to, and including, business continuity responses. Chain management demands global visibility, flexibility, early notice and rapid response in order to forestall interruption.
  • Audit, acquisition, commodity purchase and compliance units demand actionable information in global grey area transactions.

Integrated Supply Chain Analysis Modules

SUPPORT TO BUYER AT ANY TIER - “Any tier” buyer support adds key supporting tools to improve individual and group purchasing and component selection:

  • Purchasing Benchmarking
  • Business Intelligence (BI) for supply chain managers
  • Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE)
  • Integration of commercial core chain analysis, VA/VE and design variation for total chain cost reduction
  • Commodity and Commonality analysis (across vehicles, platforms, families)
  • Logistics Impacts

COMMERCIAL CORE - Integrated Supply Chain Analysis starts with core commercial tools for cost, feature and chain/supplier restructuring. Core commercial tools are essential to any purchasing acquisition:

  • Chain cost efficiencies
  • Feature enhancements
  • Chain restructuring
  • “What If?” substitutions

BUYER BACKBONE TOOLS - Buyer backbone tools support structural purchasing needs:

  • Negotiation
  • Kano Model, identifying basic, performance and ‘surprise and delight’ features
  • Outsourcing versus Manufacturing
  • Supplier industry analysis
  • Supplier economic analysis
  • Experience curve analysis
  • Price/volume curve analysis
  • Purchasing non-production goods and services

ENGINEERING SUPPORT - Engineering support solves complex engineering and production issues:

  • Component/Subsystem/Vehicle Benchmarking
  • Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE)
  • Failure Mode & Effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Lean Production
  • Warranty analysis

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND REORGANIZATION - Project Management and Restructuring tools address delivery, mission definition/mission statement, organizational rollout and white collar efficiency:

  • Project management
  • Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment)
  • Problem solving
  • Lean manufacturing/”White-collar” lean

SUSTAINING SUCCESS POST ENGAGEMENT - Importance of up-front success measures and consistent tracking:

  • Internal commitment
  • Infrastructure and support
  • Leadership engagement
  • Feedback and reinforcement
  • Auditing and assurance (Internal, external and third party)

“UPSCALING” EXISTING IT SOLUTIONS - While Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solutions have their place, virtually every firm needs “point solutions” or has “pockets of excellence” where enterprising people have used Excel, Access and brute force to implement solutions that enable peak performance. Such applications are core to a firm’s business transaction but are limited in their scalability and extendibility while being unable to satisfy Sarbanes-Oxley.

In either case, ISCA can implement a new solution to “upscale” the legacy solution and achieve:

  • Higher availability and global access to transaction or service
  • Improved visibility of transactional data
  • Compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations
  • Centralized process change control
  • Less dependence on “key individual” resources
  • Enhanced ability to expand or compress transactional volumes

RISK AND RESTRUCTURING - Due diligence & compliance, litigation support, business strategy and Intellectual Property (IP) protection to mitigate exposures beyond the reach of contractual and financial risk management options:

  • Analysis of industries, markets, prospects, and counterparties
  • Commodity pricing and hedge strategy
  • Assist audit efforts to establish third party valuation
  • Non-financial support in regulatory compliance, governance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Patriot Act
  • Targeted support in civil litigation, plaintiff or respondent

CORPORATE/PORTFOLIO PROTECTION - Corporate/Portfolio protection offers broad spectrum threat analysis remediation that are generally beyond the skill set of purchasing and engineering staff:

  • Intellectual Property (IP) theft protection (beyond legal remedies)
  • IT risk
  • Criminal
  • Cyberterrorist
  • Terrorist
  • Environmental (weather, geologic action, pollution)
  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

Integrated Supply Chain Analysis (ISCA) starts with daily commercial core purchasing and engineering needs, then expands to program office, logistics, risk mitigation, risk and restructuring, strategic planning, application development and business continuity units.

Call ICG and let us outline a solution: +1 248-626-1310, or info@icgpartners.com