Introduction:
Strategic Improvement Plans and Supply Chain Case Studies provide suppliers with an organized way of sharing their performance readiness and maturity for sustained supply engagement and growth.

Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP)

For each supplier’s internal use, the Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) is an outline of its annual plan of action to improve supply chain performance and operational maturity. The SIP converges their unique supply chain performance and cross-enterprise operational maturity and third party carbon footprint,  technology enablement, and talent acquisition and workforce training strategies into a plan of action organized by Business Process  Areas (BPAs) described as follows:

  • Management Information Systems (MIS) – Addresses infrastructure for transformation of manufacturing systems to digitized information systems with an ability to share and analyze information up and down the supply chain
  • Modeling and Simulation (M&S) – Addresses product design, specifications testing and simulation to improve product quality and process efficiencies, reduced time to market, and product rationalization cost
  • Manufacturing Processes and Equipment (MP&E) – Addresses mandate for lean operating and manufacturing proficiencies and quality systems for management, production workers, and equipment
  • Enterprise Management and Technology Integration (EM&TI) – Addresses requirements for connecting people, processes, and technologies to ensure that the right people have the right processes, information and resources at the right time.
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Environmental (LR&E) – Addresses broad ownership, management, control issues of business intelligence and property, and environmental and sustainability systems

Case Studies

The most effective tool for a supplier to present its value proposition to its customer is the development of a Supply Case Study that demonstrates its performance management capabilities and how it can  help resolve a customer supply chain problem. While other formats are acceptable, DMSCA recommends the STARR Supply Chain Case System model described as follows:

  • Situation – what is the supply chain problem being addressed?
  • Task – what are the tasks involved in approaching a problem solution?
  • Actions – what actions are taken to address the problem?
  • Results – what were the performance results or innovations achieved?
  • Recommendations – what are recommended actions for continuous improvement?
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