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Ready to Strike

Manufacturing strategy and operations


Like a tennis player standing poised, keeping both eyes on the ball and anticipating his opponent's next move, a manufacturer that takes a strategically superior stance can position itself to ace the competition.

In recent years, rapid global expansion of businesses has led to infinitely more complex, multitiered supplier networks. Today, manufacturers that want to stay ahead should focus on improved supplier relations and integration; more efficient product flow and the manufacturability of product designs and ever-increasing agility across the supply chain. Those that aren't on their game in these three areas might find themselves on the wrong side of the net.

Deloitte Supply Chain & Manufacturing Operations practice helps global manufacturers translate their business strategy into practical operational plans through an effective manufacturing strategy. We help companies implement their strategy by finding ways to improve operational performance across complex value chains. This includes assessing manufacturing capacity, core versus noncore products, where products are made, core capabilities versus those that can be outsourced, where manufacturing plants are located and their supporting supply base and even advanced manufacturing technologies.

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