Realising business efficiencies
Most telco providers are taking steps to optimise their handset and consumer premise equipment (CPE) supply chains, delivering reasonable benefits back to the business. However, the network materials supply chain, which is typically much larger, valuable, complex and less visible, has often been neglected and is unable to cope with this pace of change. Tackling this ahead of 5G will not only deliver larger financial benefits for the CFO, but also greater speed of 5G deployment, increased flexibility, higher service levels and greater control to the wider customer-facing organisation.
Key ways to build competitive advantage
Treat the network equipment supply chain as a strategic differentiator. Establish a unified supply chain function accountable for end-to-end network materials with a clear supply chain configuration, processes and governance. This will also relieve skilled technical engineers of the administrative burden of calculating, raising and tracking POs, so they can focus on more value-added activities.
Establish end-to-end visibility and control of all network inventory, based on sound master data, deployment and maintenance processes, as the prerequisite for efficiently managing network assets and inventory. A unified process for the classification and recording of equipment reduces the proliferation of different material types and enables greater negotiating power for procurement and control of network assets across your suppliers’ warehouses, your warehouses, sites and staging locations.