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    Proudfoot designs, implements and accelerates operational transformation - realizing tomorrow's results today. More About Alexander Proudfoot
  • Supply Chain Effectiveness

    Delivering Accelerated Results

    A robust, well-managed supply chain allows companies to cope with the volatility that has today become almost commonplace across many sectors and markets. The ability for a company’s supply chain to adapt swiftly and effectively is critical as business leaders navigate the course towards prosperity and growth. Multiple factors are intensifying the burden on the supply chain, including shifting customer behavior, raw material price hikes, volatile energy prices, currency fluctuations and increasing government regulation on top of the more uncontrollable natural disasters and geopolitical risks.

    Typical Results

    Securing profitable growth
    What we can help you achieve


    • inventory reduction 30%
    • obsolete inventory reduction 40%
    • 36% reduction of days on hand
    • 50% reduction in number of vendors
    • 30% increase in discount utilization
    • 20% reduction in G&A costs
    • 48% reduction in process cycle times
    • 37% increase in customer satisfaction
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    What We Do

    Your partner for rapid sustainable change
    Increased efficiency, reliability and responsiveness

    We work with companies of all sizes and across all sectors to ensure their supply chain is fit-for-purpose and aligned with their business strategy. Our thorough and detailed approach transforms supply chain effectiveness, eliminates risk and drives benefits straight to the company’s bottom line.

    • Knowledgeable
    • Developing behaviors
    Our global team has a collective experience of over 500 projects. We use our knowledge to refine our methodology to what it is today-a comprehensive supply chain improvement program that gives our clients a competitive advantage. In conjunction with our client’s people, our supply chain specialists execute workable solutions that have a lasting impact.
    We develop people’s behaviors, which is critical for  sustainability and use our expertise in productivity improvement to ensure our clients are poised for growth.

    Client Results

    What our clients say
    “Prior to engaging Proudfoot we had recently reduced the workforce by 30% in two of our plants, so I assumed that the opportunity for cost reduction in those particular facilities was minimal. Proudfoot exceeded my expectations by reducing our labor costs by an additional 20% while at the same time improving throughput, inventory management and schedule attainment. Their ability to focus us on the job at hand while establishing a strong working relationship was also very impressive."
    Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Maytag
    “As a result of the project, we managed to transform our logistics function within the target deadline, ensuring that the system created was up and running in the first phase of the operation.  We achieved volumes that tripled monthly normal volumes and significantly reduced distribution costs.”
    Distribution Network Manager, Telefonica
    Project Results - Successful Past Projects
    • Inventory
    • Productivity
    Objective: The company needed to better manage inventory as a means of bolstering its margins and competitive positioning. It targeted a reduction in inventory returns of 22%.

    Approach: A combined client-Proudfoot team identified existing weaknesses and pinpointed how to overhaul the current ways of operating to establish best practice in inventory management. The team strengthened employee knowledge, skills and capabilities and provided the tools required to better manage inventory plant-wide. Part of this included working with purchasing and procurement as well as production and logistics.

    Results: Within weeks, the company was leaner, more productive and cost-efficient. The installation of the new tools and best practice approach challenged the mindset of the existing employees, established a greater sense of accountability and transformed workforce behavior for the better. The impact of the project consisted of a €14 million inventory reduction, 33% reduction in inventory returns and improved working capital.

    Objective: A plastic manufacturer aimed to improve its efficiency and production across six plants. The manufacturer partnered with Proudfoot to focus on throughput, overall equipment effectiveness, yield, margin profitability of orders, headcount, procurement and continuous process improvement.

    Approach: Proudfoot developed a new set of management protocols to be utilized in each plant. The new approach included a sales order approval process to improve efficiency, new procurement practices, more flexible interdepartmental interactions, and a personnel reorganization. 

    Results: The project help to improve yield, increase throughput and reduce purchasing costs, ultimately delivering $60 million in annualized recurring benefits.

    Areas of Impact

    Proudfoot can help across all operations
    Alexander Proudfoot has in excess of 70 years' experience in driving significant productivity and operational improvements across all industries and operational areas. Allow us to tap into our considerable knowledge base to help you maximize the effectiveness of your operations.
    • Manufacturing
    • Life Sciences
    • Chemicals
    Alexander Proudfoot specializes in operational and financial improvement through disciplined execution, enabling our manufacturing clients to achieve their growth targets, revenue and profit goals with greater speed, predictability and control.
    Alexander Proudfoot has completed projects around the globe with many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, medical devices and medical services companies. Through these engagements, Proudfoot gained deep insights into the complexities facing the life sciences industry on a daily basis.
    We help our chemical clients adapt and embrace changes in the way of doing business to allow them to tackle industry challenges head on. Working with our client’s people, we deliver a step change in performance that puts some valuable distance between them and their competitors.
    Other Areas
    • Management effectiveness
    • Purchasing
    • Inventory
    • Accounts receivables and payables
    • Procurement and supply chain
    • Order entry
    • Customer relationship management
    • Procedures and documentation
    • Organizational re-alignment
    • Labor efficiency
    • Benchmarking
    • Project management
    • Tendering process
    • Administration