We will design your Supply chain to oversight your materials, information, and finances and move them into business processes from the supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer.
We will coordinating and integrating these flows both within and among companies. Our ultimate goal of your supply chain management system is to reduce inventory and to increase the quality of service.
Supply chain management flows can be divided into three main flows:
- The physical flow
- The information flow
The physical flow includes the movement of goods from a supplier to a customer, as well as any customer returns or service needs.
The information flow involves transmitting orders and updating the status of delivery. It includes as well the financial flow which consists of credit terms, payment schedules, and consignment and title ownership arrangements.
We will design your supply chain by using the best methods and the last technologies to transform your company into the most efficient in your category.
Example of an assignment in US
A major national healthcare company specialized in medical/pharmacy supply had to decrease urgently the operational cost.
Step 1 : Business analysis of the operations
Step 2 : Validation of solutions
Step 3 : Implementation :
– Nationwide packing operations grouped to one location
– Third part logistic removed for cost efficiency reason
– New rates negotiated with carriers : USPS, Fedex and UPS
– Implemented a real time inventory system
– Procurement department created to group PO and to purchase using forecast and live inventory
– Creation of a control management department
– Business processes adapted to be more efficient and procedures updated
Results: Productivity increased by 35 % and cost decreased by 26 %.
We managed the operations and the project during the implementation plus the change management.
An other example was the implementation of the voice picking technology. We used this technology in 2004 to remove all bar code scanners from the hands of the picker. This new technology has improved the productivity of the company (a top 5 distributor in Europe) for at least 15% and reduced quality service issues by 80%.
This company, Systeme U, was one of the first around the world to implement this new technology. And because it worked, many companies took the decision to implement this technology.
Below a video showing how it works.
An other example is a project using RFID technology. Examples below show easily what you can do with this technology which is for the moment not very used for private business purposes.
It will change tremendously the way we track the items in the next following years. But to work efficiently, most of the time, your IT system should be at least an ERP, because it is all about database and organization to work perfectly.
It can be used to secure the entry of your business.
To manage your inventory in real time.
Again, it is just the beginning and technology must be used to improve your operational cost, gain time and increase the quality of your service.