Supply Chain Optimization

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Supply Chain Reliability 10.0


“Innovative companies have used supply chain reliability to support new business development, resulting in more market share and revenues, increased profitability, improved customer service and loyalty.“

  • Supply Chain Optimization Services Overview

    Discovering hidden profit
    Increase Stakeholder value in the innovation of a low cost position

    Sustaining and continuously lowering the cost position while meeting environmental and social responsibilities is an imperative for all businesses in today’s marketplace. Achieving a low cost position improves stakeholder value, drives growth by freeing up capital to invest in innovation and new product development, and offers additional pricing opportunities.

    The ability to mitigate supply chain risk while controlling costs is no longer optional. In this new “instant” global marketplace, having a low cost position can be the difference between being a leader or an acquisition target. Industry leaders have the greatest potential to achieve value from agility in their supply chain – from product development to sales and marketing to operations.

    Over the years, WGA has worked with clients from a number of industries to help them identify and remove no-value costs and take full advantage of the savings from the supply chain. Typically our clients achieve an enduring savings of 10% to 19% from our supply chain optimization services. Our supply chain optimization method is complex but our execution is simple. This dramatically different from the academic approach of identifying “low hanging fruit” or “the longest pole in the tent”. We take a wide view of cost containment and cost reduction opportunities to identify and focus our joint effort on all the highest value opportunities.

    Our supply chain optimization diagnostic assessment is adapted to the way you run your business and best practices in your industry. Then we evaluate the value of products and services related to your customers, and ensure costs are properly aligned and transparent. Next, we architect your operations, regardless of the SCM systems you are using, SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, or JD Edwards, supply chain and manufacturing capabilities, and execute the transformation.

  • WGA’s Supply Chain Optimization Service Offerings

    Each client is unique, WGA tailors our supply chain optimization services to not only benchmark its operating practices with industry competitors, but to also collaborate with our clients to identify innovation. We understand the challenges of the competitive marketplace. WGA focuses on leveraging the value of IT to enable automation, realizing bottom-line value by eliminating waste from processes, and efficiency of moving commodity business functions to high performing service providers to ensure your business can focus on its core business.

    Our services include:

    Supply Chain Management



    Strategic Sourcing

    Supply chain management

    We focus on simplifying complexity, aggressively mitigating risk, eliminating waste, re-engineering distribution networks, lowering inventory levels, re-mediating backorders and sustain reliable supply. We analyze our client’s internal and external manufacturing, and supply chain networks to align corporate strategy, compliance, quality and cost with enduring results. We also help our clients balance production in lower cost countries with supply risks, optimize global manufacturing configurations, turnaround under-performing plants, assisting with plant closures or transfer of operations, products and technology.


    We transform shopfloor efficiency through the use of world-class lean manufacturing tools and principles. We examine and benchmark industry standards (e.g. maintenance, facilities, cleaning standards, technologies, methods, practices, process), manufacturing costs and productivity profiles to industry competitors.


    We help companies address issues ranging from business unit strategy to overall corporate strategy. Among other topics, we can assist with mergers and acquisitions, including post-merger management, market entry and growth, business unit turnaround, and development of a new business.


    We support businesses with all types of organizational challenges, including global expansion and entry into emerging markets. In addition to providing advice on structure and governance, we assist with issues related to a company’s culture and its overall “health,” such as mindset and behavior problems that hinder performance.

  • Supply Chain Optimization Service Case Studies

    Supply Chain Optimization

    Supply Chain Reliability 10.0

    Innovative companies have used supply chain reliability to support new business development, resulting in more market share and revenues, increased profitability, improved customer service and loyalty.

    Big Data

    Case Study: Big Data Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Gartner is forecasting that the big data market will generate $34 billion in IT spending this year. Most of that investment are upgrades to traditional systems to better gather and analyze data coming from Website traffic, social networks, sensors and customer interactions.


    Case Study: Making Sales and Operations Planning a reality

    After chronic Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP) failures in forecast accuracy, WGA improves a Consumer Product company’s global product portfolio forecasting accuracy by +42% while reducing expedited orders by (14%).

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    Case Study: Skin Care FDA Regulatory Changes

    DA regulatory change requires fast response for a $3 Billion+/year skin care business.

    The FDA issued regulatory changes to the skin care industry in June of 2011 regarding the terms, “sunblock”, “waterproof” and “sweatproof” requiring the removal of such claims from product labeling and packaging. These changes were initially required to be completed by June of 2012

    #Automotive: The industry is struggling, fundamental changes are occurring, and global economic conditions are requiring executives to rethink strategy.

    Case Study: Automotive Supply Chain Optimization

    In response to an economic downturn, WGA’s client, a global automotive manufacturer, had to switch gears fast to optimize their supply chain. They needed to make immediate and aggressive changes to offset anticipated multiple year double-digit sales declines.

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    TiffanySenior Vice President of Human Resources$102B Oil & Gas company

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    PamelaDirector Business Planning$95B Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer
    Strategy Consulting

    After failed attempts by two other big name consulting firms, I was under pressure from our executive leadership to make our supply chain optimization happen. We needed assistance from a firm that had global reach, could deploy immediately and were experts at identifying improvements and executing changes. I called on WGA to help us turnaround our efforts. WGA delivered on their commitment and helped us realize an additional ($57M/yr) in cost reductions. WGA is excellent to work with and delivers high impact results! Read more

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    WillVice President Global Shared Services$200B Global Oil and Gas Company

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