Consulting firm EY and consumer packaged goods firm Procter & Gamble (P&G) have expanded their alliance, which was previously centered on manufacturing excellence. The alliance will combine the supply chain expertise of EY and P&G teams to help businesses address the unprecedented challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The broader alliance will address supply chain processes such as strategy, planning, customer service, transportation, and distribution. It will leverage the EY and P&G suite of assets alongside a structured implementation methodology to help clients break down functional silos, align across common supply chain goals, create end-to-end visibility, and reduce risk.
Clients will benefit from intellectual property that includes advanced tools and automation to digitize processes and improve efficiency. EY’s Supply Chain Intelligence Platform and Supply Chain Smart Maps, for example, use data and analytics to manage and analyze supply chain performance.
Clients will also have the opportunity to work with joint teams of experienced EY supply chain professionals and P&G planners and executive coaches.
“P&G and EY have a long history of working together and collaborating exceptionally well,” said Julio Nemeth, chief product supply officer at P&G. “EY is the ideal organization to bring our supply chain knowledge and the related success to the marketplace. Our methodology has been used throughout our supply network – from suppliers to customers – to deliver substantial value in the form of cash, cost, and revenue. It can deliver increased responsiveness, productivity, service levels, inventory reduction, and cost savings.”
P&G is renowned for having one of the most advanced supply chain operations in the world. The firm is one of five companies in the “Masters” category of Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25, which recognizes sustained leadership over the last decade. The other supply chain “Masters” are Apple, Amazon, McDonald’s, and Unilever.
“With P&G’s consistent leadership in supply chain excellence, expanding the relationship with EY to address the full scope of the supply chain is essential – especially during times when supply chains are under stress and companies are working to reframe their future,” Glenn Steinberg, EY Global and EY Americas supply chain leader, said. “The expanded alliance can provide clients with the advanced technology, guidance, and systems they need today and in the future.”
The pandemic stressed but didn’t break P&G’s supply chain, which includes more than 130 global manufacturing sites and 200+ distribution centers. The company ended up shipping 22% more from its facilities in the US market in March.
P&G last month reported a 4% rise in its second quarter sales, as its cleaning products division in particular was bolstered by high consumer demand amid the pandemic.