Questions about your Supply Chain

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How would you define your maturity on the implementation of supply chain


initiatives in the following areas?

  • Product design

  1. Product design with a circular or cradle-to-grave approach (e.g., maximum material recycling after product usage, easily taken apart into components, etc.)

  2. Developing products that have lower CO2 emissions

  • Responsible sourcing

  1. Sourcing products from certified sustainable sources (e.g., fair trade labelling, Rainforest Alliance)

  2. Local sourcing of raw materials

  • Manufacturing

  1. Powering manufacturing plants with renewable energy (e.g., wind, solar, etc.)

  2. Recycling and reusing water (e.g., installing water treatment plants)


  3. Responsible disposal of waste/by products produced

  • Inbound and outbound logistics

  1. Route optimization (FTL, full truck load) for reducing miles travelled/emissions produced

  2. Using electric vehicles for freight transportation to stores/distribution centers

  • Packaging 


  1. Using recycled/recyclable packaging

  2. Focus on minimal packaging and light-weighting

  3. Using bio-degradable/compostable packaging

  • Recycling/reuse

  1. Upcycling unsold inventory

  2. used products

  3. old packaging back into the value chain (e.g., as new packaging materials)

  • Others

  1. Fair labor policy (policy against child labor, forced labor, fair pay, etc.)


  2. Providing safe working conditions


  3. Reduce impact of digital footprint (e.g., by cloud storage, data collection, increased GPU)

  4. End-to-end traceability of the supply chain



How would you rate the priority of the following?

  • Reconfiguring production lines in an agile manner – pre COVID-19 and post COVID-19

  • Subcontracting critical parts/materials in an agile manner (flexible make or buy switch) – pre COVID-19 and post COVID-19


Please indicate the proportion of the following strategies that your organization has adopted and will adopt for its product portfolio:

  • Will shift from lean and just-in-time sourcing and manufacturing wherever additional costs are not significantly higher

  • Actively building redundancy even if it means significantly higher costs


To what extent has your organization optimized the following supply chain costs?

  • Raw material costs

  • Inbound transportation costs

  • Inventory costs

  • Production costs

  • Plant maintenance costs

  • Labor costs

  • Warehousing costs

  • Outbound transportation costs i. Reverse logistics costs

  • Carbon footprint

  • Costs arising from location-based risks such as one prone to frequent strikes/political unrest/ geographical risks (hurricane), geological (earthquake)



To what extent have mapped current supply network?

  • Have not mapped our supply network

  • Have mapped our Tier 1 supply network but not the extended supply network (i.e. Tier 2, Tier 3 and above suppliers)

  • Have mapped part of our extended supply network for critical parts (i.e., Tier 2, Tier 3 and above suppliers) in addition to Tier 1 suppliers

  • Have fully mapped our supply network (can identify the original source of every component in our products)


Indicate the level of visibility that has into its supply chain. a. Stock levels at Tier 1 suppliers:

  • Stock levels at contract manufacturers’ sites

  • Stock levels at warehouses/distribution centers

  • Stock levels at retail stores

  • Position of inbound and outbound shipments

  • Condition of inbound and outbound shipments

  • Sales data (for insights into real-time customer demand) your organization?


Any plan to increase the level of data-sharing with your supply ecosystem due to COVID-19?

  • Suppliers

  • Production partners (capacity data)

  • Distribution partners

  • Physical stores e. Customers


Which statements corresponds most closely with the current adoption of supply chain control towers in your organization?

  • Not invested in a supply chain control tower solution and have no plans to do so

  • Plan to invest in a supply chain control tower solution in the short to medium term

  • Have invested in a supply chain control tower solution, but it doesn’t cover all parts of our supply chain

  • Have invested in a supply chain control tower solution, and it covers our supply chain end-to end



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