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Do you have any of these problems

  • The supply chain is not well synchronized. Individual pieces may work well, but overall things are fairly disconnected

  • Supply is out of balance with demand, or demand is out of balance with supply  

  • Too short of a planning horizon 

  • Vendor managed inventory program doesn't exist or is not working as anticipated 

  • Effective distribution planning approach or system does not exist

  • Supplier certification program does not exist or is not working as well as expected  

  • Bills of material have bee over structured contributing to complexity and performance problems

  • Lot sizes (order quantities or campaigns) are too big  

Learn the secrets to getting these kinds of results (results are from our clients):  

  • 99.x% customer delivery reliability

  • Typical customer order lead time reduced from 32 days to 4 days

  • MPS performance up 57 percentage points

  • Inventory down 40-75%

  • Work-in-process inventory reduced by 78%

  • Cost of sales reduced by 20% in a single year following system implementation

  • Mfg. cycle time reduced by 40 - 60%

  • Manufacturing cycle time reduced 50% or more on all lines

  • Supplier performance improved to over 95%

Typically our clients have worked on the following areas to show the kinds of improvements listed above:  

  • Upgraded sales and operations planning processes to ensure resources - key materials, people and equipment - are available at the right time to execute a lean strategy.  

  • Improved distribution planning methods and systems for planning and replenishment across downstream distribution network.  

  • Better master scheduling and leveling techniques to achieve production stability.  

  • Improved scheduling mechanisms including load leveling boxes to communicate finishing schedules to the key pacemaker processes.  

  • New lean strategies for producing to customer orders or to finished good supermarket replenishment signals rather than to forecasted demand.  

  • Implemented supplier scheduling processes to give advanced visibility of purchasing requirements for key materials.  

  • Developed vendor managed inventory methods to reduce duplicated efforts and streamline purchasing activities on certain classes of material.    

You can find additional information about these problems and their solutions here at this website in the following places: 

 

Articles

  • Re-Engineering Your Business Planning through Sales & Operations Planning

  • Class A Regained at Dade Behring

  • Getting Started With Sales and Operations Planning

  • Consider These Questions Before Changing the Master Production Schedule

  • Class A at DuPont Polyester Films

  • Does Your Supply Chain Measure Up? 

  • The Party's Over 

  • Time to Get Serious About e-Commerce

     

Tailored classes and workshops

  • A solid, well-planned program of tailored, on-site education

  • Tailored education methodology

Consulting and assessment

  • Objective assessment of strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement

  • Tangible improvements and financial results as you go

 

You can get personalized help.  If you would like to discuss your company's situation in more detail, you can send a question or comments to one of our Senior Partners using the form below, or you can call directly. 

 

John Dougherty (1 603 528-0840)

Chris Gray (1 603 778-9211)

Don Rice (1 615 221-2196)