Suppliers ready for quality measure

European manufacturers, logistics and distribution service providers, and software suppliers were expected to join the worldwide Supply Chain Council in droves following its launch this week. Through its Supply Chain Operations Reference (Scor) model, the council promises a framework for evaluating and improving supply chain performance. Over 300 firms have joined in the US since […]

European manufacturers, logistics and distribution service providers, and software suppliers were expected to join the worldwide Supply Chain Council in droves following its launch this week.

Through its Supply Chain Operations Reference (Scor) model, the council promises a framework for evaluating and improving supply chain performance. Over 300 firms have joined in the US since the launch of Scor in November last year.

Scor was developed for the council by US consultants Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath and Advanced Manufacturing Research, based on a study of US and European practice. It goes beyond simple benchmarking, said Neil Martin, PRTM UK principal.

Whereas benchmarking is a simple comparison with competitors, Scor allows a company to define all the processes in its supply chain and measure them on an absolute scale. The plan/source/make/deliver chain is split into separate elements such as made to stock process, delivery to distributor, and delivery to value added retailer.

Companies can measure performance and compare notes using a common basis and terminology, even if they are from different industry sectors.

Membership of the SCC, including access to information on the World Wide Web to do a paper-based evaluation of a business, is free.

Companies at the launch included BAe, BT, 3M UK, ABB, Glaxo Wellcome, LucasVarity, ICI, Racal Instruments and TNT Logistics.