Supply Chain

David Steven Jacoby has literally “written the book” on designing value chains to result in delighted customers, marketing flexibility, enhanced innovation, and speed to market. With a combination of analytics and hands-on implementation, David S. Jacoby helps you tap the benefits from a wide range of supply chain improvement techniques

Strategic Sourcing


Waste Reduction (“Lean”)

Standardization and simplification of specifications

Transportation Optimization

Supplier Kaizen

Consignment and vendor managed inventory

Design for Manufacturability

Design for Supply Chain

Electronic data interchange and paperless work flow



Collaborative inventory management

Demand planning (shifting demand and capacity to better match each other)

Value Engineering

Customer Knowledge Management

Design for Configurability

Continuous Market Feedback

Concurrent Product Development

Product Life-Cycle Management

Lifetime Services

Early Supplier and Customer Involvement



External Analysis

  • Market sizing (segments, size, growth, and outlook)
  • Market profiling (using our proven 7-point market assessment methodology)


Internal Analysis

  • Articulation of the current business and marketing strategy
  • Articulation of the current value addition strategy (especially manufacturing, channel and pricing strategies)
  • Assessment of resource fit with target markets (customers, organization, operational capabilities)


Formulation of Strategic Options

  • Development of channel, portfolio, and bundling strategies
  • Evaluation of bundling, integrating, and ‘solutioning’ options, as well as alternative pricing levels and structures
  • Quantitative and financial evaluations of each option (ROI, NPV, etc.)


Implementation Planning

  • Development of an action plan, with milestones and prerequisites
  • Recommended metrics, targets, and milestones
  • Financial projections
  • Work breakdown structure and action plan

Value Chain Strategy Case Studies

  • Industry: Wind Power
  • Key Challenge: Rapidly changing technologies, suppliers and economics.
  • Why Selected: Deep experience in exploration and production project management
  • Project Scope: Wind turbines, foundations, electricals, and installation.
  • Project Approach: Master supply chain planning, category sourcing strategies, financial modeling.
  • Operational Benefits: Identification of bottlenecks and plans to mitigate them.
  • Financial Benefits: 13% reduction in projected capital and operating expenses.

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  • Industry: Pressure vessels and related fabrications
  • Key Challenge: Seeking higher revenue growth and to avoid commoditization by low-cost suppliers
  • Why Selected: Experience with the various fabricated structures, quantitative market model, strategy expertise
  • Project Scope: 35 categories of equipment
  • Project Approach: Market sizing and forecasts; filtering categories by criteria, optimizing per synergies
  • Operational Benefits: Improved customer service and internal organizational focus
  • Financial Benefits: Client settled on a plan to invest and increase sales more than tenfold

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  • Industry: Technical Logistics
  • Key Challenge: Diversifying into the oil and gas industry
  • Why Selected: Contacts and strategic supply chain vision
  • Project Scope: Engineered equipment, especially rotating equipment
  • Project Approach: Value proposition critique and review, facilitation of one-on-one meetings
  • Operational Benefits: Flexibility to deploy resources into new project and partner opportunities
  • Financial Benefits: 30% higher average profit margin than in the sectors of current activity

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  • Industry: Industrial Sealing Technologies
  • Key Challenge: Price competition had forced a strategic review of channels, market share, and pricing
  • Why Selected: Prior experience in the specific industry segment, and proprietary market model
  • Project Scope: Specific types of seals and gaskets
  • Project Approach: Market size modeling, supplier and customer profiling, development of value chain strategies
  • Operational Benefits: Supported an intensified and more clearly focused marketing and sales initiative
  • Financial Benefits: Potential 15% increase in revenue based on a redefinition of the addressable market

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Supply Chain Strategy

Supply chain management should yield far more than cost reduction. It should result in delighted customers, marketing flexibility, and enhanced innovation and speed of doing business across multiple processes. While traditional operations improvement has focused on how to reduce cost without sacrificing service — reducing inventory without sacrificing service levels, reducing fixed cost by planning and scheduling work better without creating backlogs or bottlenecks, and lowering transportation cost through win-lose negotiations with carriers and 3PLs — supply chain leaders have linked their business strategy to supply chain management with dramatic results.

The New Face of Purchasing

The coming decade promises to be a transformative one for the purchasing function. According to a major new study of over 350 global executives, after years of being perceived as a clerical, back-office function, purchasing is set to gain remarkable prominence in the corporate pecking order. Three external and inter-related forces are driving the elevation of purchasing: globalization, cost pressure, and innovation. This white paper identifies four ways in which the procurement function will respond and adapt between now and 2015.

How Will Western Manufacturers Survive?

At the current pace of offshoring, Western manufacturing is arguably headed toward extinction. What should leaders of Western manufacturing companies do? Will your company survive? How should you reposition the core competencies and product range? Should you tap a non-home country national to run the company, or establish multiple headquarters? Where should the headquarters be? How can you recruit people who have the right language, culture, and skills to lead the company into the global future? Boston Strategies International’s Fifth Annual State of Supply Chain Management Study is focused on answering these critical questions, © 2008.

Customization: The Information Connection

Gathering, managing, and using customer data at the right time is crucial to moving from a Stage II supply chain company to a Stage III supply chain company. It is easy to say but hard to do. David Jacoby, President of Boston Strategies International, wrote it.

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