Supply Chain Design

Increasing volatility and complexity in global markets as well as strong pressure with regard to margins and working capital, is forcing many businesses to improve their supply chains.

As a rule, it is not enough to work only on specific areas. An optimum design also considers the aspects of complexity reduction through decoupling and segmentation, introducing suitable supply chain operating models and a suitable mix of control methods such as LEAN supply chain planning, LEAN manufacturing, Demand Driven MRP or traditional advanced planning.

Our team of experienced experts works with you to create the optimum concepts, validates and evaluates activities using benchmarking and simulations and provides support for implementation in your business.

Supply Chain Organization

In order to handle the growing challenges of modern supply chains, businesses need powerful supply chain organizations. For instance, using innovative technologies can require highly specialized skills. Particularly if businesses are globally networked, they need to establish clearly defined responsibilities and streamlined decision-making in order to ensure that they are agile enough to respond.

With the field-proven “CAMELOT Supply Chain Organization Framework,” our experienced consultants give you effective and comprehensive support in designing and implementing powerful supply chain organization.

Supply Chain Setup & Segmentation

In order to achieve a competitive advantage in a challenging “VUCA environment” (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity), it is necessary that the supply chain set-up is optimally balanced with the supply chain strategy and the core goals (agility, flexibility, efficiency). “One-size-fits-all” supply chains are a thing of the past; businesses need structures that are both specialized and robust.

CAMELOT uses its well-tested segmentation approaches to support you in optimally organizing your supply chain. For instance, introducing suitable decoupling points helps to reduce complexity and supply risk, and optimal supply chain operating models increase both customer service quality and supply chain efficiency.

Supply Chain Configuration & Parametrization

Dynamic markets, faster-paced demand and product cycles and changing regulatory conditions require structures that are both specialized and robust. It is therefore essential for the planning and management of the supply chain to identify and develop the optimum configuration (individually for each supply chain segment), and, if necessary, to quickly and comprehensively adapt it.

The resulting parameters, such as decoupling points, target inventories/lot sizes, and a suitable organizational framework make up the basis for implementing and managing the supply chain plan. As a result, organizational efforts shift from local “fire-fighting” to exception-based, tactical end-to-end planning.

As a widely acclaimed supply chain specialist, CAMELOT gives you systematic guidance on your path to an optimally configured and parameterized supply chain.

Supply Chain KPIs & Metrics

Constant supervision and sustainable management of the supply chain are basic requirements for on-going improvement of its performance. The necessary groundwork is made up of transparency and the right degree of information on all levels of the supply chain – from management to execution.

We support you in defining and implementing smart metrics that are optimally aligned with the characteristics and requirements of your supply chain, as well as the defined target systems. With the right combination of relevant KPIs & metrics, we ensure that every person involved has the information they need to make flexible decisions in day-to-day business operations.

Supply Chain Simulation

In today’s uncertain and complex environment organizations more and more realize that non-suitable value chain designs, non-integrated business processes and insufficient relationships with suppliers and customers are limiting their success. The impact of the corresponding improvement initiatives is unpredictable before its execution.

Discrete event simulations allow companies to evaluate the impact of a new operating model or other major design changes prior to implementation. Enterprises are thus able to compare various operational alternatives, to perform powerful what-if analyses leading to better planning decisions, and to calculate the expected benefits. This reduces risks and costs significantly.

Based on profound experience in supply chain design and implementation projects, CAMELOT has developed a sophisticated Value Chain Simulation Framework to perform a proof of value for your ambitious concepts.

Working Capital Management

It is common for businesses to commit significantly more liquid funds than necessary, which has negative consequences for liquidity, profitability and process efficiency. For this reason, systematic Working Capital Management (WCM) is a relevant and important issue.

The CAMELOT approach for holistic WCM comprises the three pillars of accounts payable, receivables management and inventory management. The focus is on sustainable results that extend beyond the period of the project initiative. This can be achieved by implementing strategic, tactical and operational monitoring and reporting, including establishing an escalation instance and special guidelines for solving any other target conflicts along the supply chain.


Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
Head of Value Chain Strategy and Design