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Cross-posted from the IAPHL forum with thanks! The post summarizes the discussion over three weeks. Week 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Design ? Supply Chain Design is about achieving objectives (Reliability, Responsiveness, Agility, Cost, Assets) by configuring infrastructure and processes (Source, Make, Deliver, Return). ? Different levers can be pulled to alter the way in which Source, Make, Deliver, and Return are performed. The levers include product flow paths, warehouse number and locations, transportation fleet number and capacity, etc. ? What-If?” analysis to answer questions about potential changes to the supply chain from external sources or from your own interventions is a key to supply chain design. ? Quantitative models can be built using software to conduct supply chain design and what-if analysis. Week 2: Running a Supply Chain Design Initiative ? Data is essential for running a supply chain design initiative. Essential data elements include Products, Sites, and Demand. Another important data element is Cost. ? Data can be sourced from a variety of sources including LMIS, field offices, quantification teams, etc. Intelligent and validated assumptions can fill-in for the gaps of some data. ? Important on-the-ground realities such as infrastructure shortages and political realities must be included in a supply chain design model (they can often be included as constraints). Week 3: Ensuring Success and Building Capacity ? Deep project involvement and ownership from in-country teams and Ministries of Health helps ensure project success and future implementation success. ? Allocating sufficient and dedicated time from in-country people is necessary to collect the data and run the analysis successfully. Teams should be composed with the right balance of internal and external people, and ideally include (in some capacity) folks with previous supply chain design and modelling experience. ? Providing recommendations that can give quick-wins builds buy-in from the country community and sets a stage for project success. Sid Rupani LLamasoft, Inc. Africa, Middle East, and India Cape Town, South Africa sid.rupani@llamasoft.com Office: +27 21 481 1825 Mobile: +27 79 837 7829 http://www.LLamasoft.com


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