The supply chain management of a high-performance organisation is characterised by systematically managed and optimised product portfolios and especially product architectures that counteract the increasing complexity. Especially industrial sectors such as mechanical and plant engineering are struggling with increasing complexity in the product portfolio. The main drivers of this development are individual customer wishes, changes in the procurement market, an uncoordinated product portfolio and unclear guidelines for product specifications.
The increasing number and variety of products and especially components has a negative impact on day-to-day business. In addition to production, supply chain management (SCM) is particularly affected, as work processes become more complex and economies of scale fail to materialise. In the end, the customer feels the effects through increased prices or reduced availability.