scprime® is Argon & Co’s powerful improvement approach, combining process and people capabilities to ensure that the right people are in the right jobs, consistently doing the right things.
Based on benchmarking, an objective assessment of capability and a toolkit of implementation techniques, it defines supply chain excellence in terms that are meaningful to each specific organization and ensures that improvements are sustainable. It is how it is applied that sets scprime® apart, enabling companies to dramatically improve supply chain capabilities and significantly reduce cost.
scprime® drives a focused and effective improvement program, hard-wired to strategy and objectives.
It is the result of decades of practical experience, achieving long term improvements in companies in over 30 countries on five continents by identifying supply chain excellence in terms that are meaningful to each specific organisation. It has been proven to achieve a step-change in performance, with long term improvements already seen in over 20 countries on five continents, by aligning supply chain strategy with business strategy. Benefits are significant: operating costs are often reduced by 15-20% and working capital by 10-15%; responsiveness and service levels are improved and are more consistent, allowing greater innovation and driving increased sales; staff is developed according to the specific needs of the role, focusing on capabilities rather than job descriptions so they are equipped to carry out what is expected of them.
The focus of scprime® is to drive improvement rather than simply provide scores on a scale of excellence. scprime® impacts a business in two stages:
The potential supply chain benefits are considerable, especially in multinational businesses.
saving due to load fill optimisation
saving due to 3PL contracts/productivity management
less waste due to lean manufacturing
increase in productivity due to reduced downtime
reduction in packaging price due to implementation of best practice procurement procedures
reduction in finished goods stock
saving due to less crisis management and process chasing
reduction in waste due to less disruption and better run strategies
reduction in packaging price due to VMI and flow optimisation
lower working capital (raw materials)
higher return on capital employed (ROCE)
lower working capital (finished goods)
lower raw materials cost
lower indirect materials cost
lower manufacturing costs
lower supply chain costs
lower distribution costs
increase in sales
The scprime® process capability framework is based on a set of process definitions which give a comprehensive view of best practice across the supply chain, enabling benchmarking to take place and improvements to be generated.
The structure is modular so that it can be easily applied different entities. There are a number of profiles within each functional area and a particular organisation or business unit can assemble the appropriate profiles to reflect its own functions.
The scprime® people capability framework is based around a set of profiles that describe the specific capabilities required to deliver best practice within each functional area of the supply chain.
Whether an organization’s plans are focused on growth, rationalization, acquisition, integration or just simply improving business as usual, the framework identifies whether the existing team has the capability to deliver those plans, and if not, where the gaps are. The structure is modular allowing businesses to select appropriate profiles for their specific needs.
“The scprime® approach was highly effective in providing us with a deep and wide assessment of our supply chain process, identifying substantial benefits, and underpinning our supply chain transformation strategy development and implementation.”
“The principles behind scprime® are simple - getting step-change improvement in your supply chain to support your business strategy. This book is a starting point on this journey.”
“Argon & Co’s framework was invaluable in helping to identify the strengths and weaknesses of supply chain processes across the group for our global and regional brands. scprime® enabled a rapid assessment of process maturity, action planning prioritisation and redefinition of the commerical and supply functions around our new business operating model.”