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Applying leading business practices to federal supply chain design to achieve high performance
All federal agencies are being challenged to “do more with less”—less money, less manpower, fewer resources, but more public to serve and mission to undertake. Taking on the challenge of improving supply chain design—finding better ways to identify what is needed, where, and how it can be delivered quickly—is a sterling example of how to accomplish more with less.
Many federal agencies play a role in humanitarian, disaster and emergency relief missions: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has to move people, equipment and supplies anywhere in the country on short notice, while US-AID has similar requirements on an international basis.
Other agencies play complex roles in supporting federal programs—for example, the State Department has to supply its network of embassies and consulates around the world with a mix of standardized and locally purchased goods and services; the Department of Interior's national parks system is widely scattered, and each park has some unique supply needs; the Defense Department has its military role but also provides support to civilian agencies at all levels (federal, state, local, tribal), often on short notice.
The key to attaining optimized cost and performance outcomes within these multiple supply chains is to strategically align processes within each organization, and to identify ways to align across organizations.
The biggest design improvement challenges rest in the sheer complexity and scale of the supply chain network, especially since each agency creates its own.
Accenture’s distribution network optimization framework combines leading practices from the private sector with our deep understanding of federal agency logistics. The framework creates an iterative process that involves three phases:
Accenture conducts supply chain design with analytics tools and software that meet each organization’s unique needs. We bring an experienced team that knows how to make the most out of the software and the framework. We also help implement change across people, processes, technologies and organizational cultures necessary to realize and sustain supply chain design improvements.
July 6, 2012
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