Operations reflect the engine of your business without it nothing is possible. At the end of the day, operations is about performance improvement. When surveyed what are your biggest challenges and or priorities, CEO’s and management still point to - cost reduction, efficiency and lean at the top of the list. Blue Pearl’s team creates solutions that are designed to achieve superior and sustained performance.
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For many, achieving operational excellence can mark the primary competitive advantage. While it may appear easy, to achieve operational excellence you have to have the most critical processes delivering high quality service at a competitive cost. However, optimizing your operations is not only about efficiency, but also being effectiveness. Not only doing things right but spending resources doing the right things. To make the right decisions, companies require sharp insight into the use of their resources. Blue Pearl drills down to help clients unlock significant efficiency gains and transform the cost structure to drive operations optimization and gain a competitive advantage.
True supply chain management requires a holistic approach including suppliers’, their chain, manufacturing, design, strategic sourcing, inventory management and logistics. Regulatory and external requirements have added extra layers of complexity of sustainability and traceability. From single focus solution to comprehensive supply chain optimization, we have the experience to identify inadequacies in the operating footprint and supply chain management. Our solutions have translated into reduction in costs, better inventory utilization, enhancement of supplier performance, reduce cycle time, and improved terms in negotiated contracts.
Depending on the industry, spend for materials and services can represent almost 50% of a company’s total cost structure, making procurement on of the most powerful levers for cost reduction. The proliferation of niche suppliers and as well as comprehensive distributors make it imperative for a company to understand their purchasing needs into a broader procurement strategy. Careful analysis, negotiations, and communication plans, as well as ongoing monitoring, can ensure that you are partnering with suppliers who move you toward your business goals. Blue Pearl works with your purchasing department/agents to analyze spend data and recommend a strategy that optimizes purchasing decisions across the entire organization.
Over the last few decades, we have seen the conversation shift from outsourcing to right sourcing. Outsourcing is not simply about reducing costs, it is a strategic decision which includes a critical analysis of your processes. The majority of companies, regardless of sector, outsource some aspect of their operation. Deciding which ones requires detailed analysis that balances, cost, time and a company’s core competencies and aligning them with strategic priorities. Blue Pearl has helped our clients conduct thorough process assessments of their operations to identify which capabilities are ideal for outsourcing. Our analysis then turns to whether to out-shore, on-shore or more accurately, right shore as well as vet potential partners.
Lean / Six Sigma
In the simplest terms, Lean and Six Sigma principles is about structuring your business processes such that they deliver better results at the same time lowering costs and increasing quality. While the concepts have been around for decades, we have seen a revival with our clients – whether big or small. Economic volatility, global access, lower barriers to entry require firms to remain even more agile than ever before. It has taken on renewed urgency not only as means of cutting costs but also unveiling innovation opportunities. Regardless of our client’s industry, Lean principles, Six Sigma, Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and related tools are critical for looking at the most efficient use of any company’s precious capital – financial and human.