Supply Chain Strategy

Supply Chain Strategy

With our deep industry insight we can deliver

Barkers helps clients to deliver supply chain strategies that support profitable growth in new and existing markets. With digital tools on the rise companies need less of a supply chain and more visibility into a supply network that provides agility and flexibility. 

Most existing supply chain strategies were built on the assumption of stability, and designed to plan, produce and deliver on a just-in-time basis to ensure lean operations and inventory. Digital disruption now means that the investment in supply management stability may actually hinder a company’s ability to rapidly respond to changing conditions. New technologies, such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC), can also disrupt supply chain operations.

Our team at Barkers have extensive experience developing and delivering supply chain strategies in organisations they have worked for directly, as well as clients who have benefitted from our help in a consultancy capacity.

We can offer insight on a range of supply chain topics, for example, why paying suppliers on-time creates more value than you think.

Punctual Payments

Why paying suppliers on-time creates more value than you think

Arguably, one of the most frustrating things about acquiring services from any supplier, is arranging for them to be paid. For some businesses, having to remunerate another organisation for services provided is such a bind, they delay payment for as long as is practicably possible before the legal letters start arriving.

There are various reasons some businesses defer payments for so long. Sometimes it is because they’re experiencing cash-flow problems, on other occasions there’s a dispute as to the service that’s been provided.  In most cases when suppliers don’t get paid on time, it comes down to poor administration of overly complex procurement processes.

Here though, rather than looking at how you can make sure suppliers are paid on time, we’re going to look at why you should make sure they’re paid on time.  Spoiler alert – It benefits you just as much as it does them…

It keeps innovation alive
It’s the law
It keeps prices low
It saves time and money
It boosts your reputation
It makes companies more willing to help you out
It protects smaller businesses from harm

The benefit to you from playing your part in protecting these businesses with timely payments won’t just be a financial one in the long run, it’ll benefit your conscience. In this day and age, there’s a lot to be said for that.

We Specialize in

Leveraging digital tools for Business and Procurement Outsourcing

Global Network

Our global network of procurement and commercial professionals means we can provide professional services to the highest standards where you need them most.

Artificial Intelligence

At Barkers our Digital tools and procurement managed services all incorporate the latest AI solutions.

Business Outsourcing

Our team of experienced practitioners can provide a full managed service to help you manage those tricky tender processes.

Data Mining Techniques

Combining cleansed quantitative and assessed qualitative data, we provide deeper insights into opportunities to increase profit and improve relationships.

Our Core Digital Products and Services

Our core offerings
Digital Dashboard Subscriptions

Or £6,000 for a yearly subscription

£750.00 / month
  • Cloud-based digital tool
  • Suite of category management templates and data input sheets
  • Subscription to Microsoft Power BI for instant access
  • Category experts to get you started and map your data sources
  • On-site support to drive engagement if required
  • Remote support available if preferred
  • Available on monthly or annual subscription
Skills & Behaviour Assessments

Or £500 for 10

£75.00 / each
  • £75 each or £500 for 10 Cloud-based assessments from our digital suite
  • Category Management Skills Assessment
  • Assertion Behaviour Inventory
  • Negotiation Skills Assessment
  • Access to global results database
  • Available as one-off investment or suite of assessments
  • Tailored training and coaching solutions if desired
Full Commercial Health Check

Or bespoke packages available

£10,000.00 / one off fee
  • Expert Delivery Directors to conduct your health check
  • Results available in a cloud-based dashboard
  • Commercial Health Check Report
  • Digital Dashboard Analytics
  • Improvement Plan
  • On-site support to understand business challenges
  • Monitor improvements digitally against agreed performance measures

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If you are looking for a bespoke solution, please register your details and one of our Delivery Directors will contact you directly to understand your business challenges.

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