Alternate Terms: Network Strategy, Network Analysis, Network Optimization, Network Simulation
Large Multinational Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
Assessed company’s European logistics operations. Performed network optimization simulation to determine the optimal number and location of DCs. Identified outbound transportation savings from implementing centralized pan-European routing and leveraging spend on a reduced number of road, sea and air providers. Identified additional improvements in the areas of warehousing, order fulfillment, manufacturing, planning, SKU rationalization and packaging optimization. Determined that company could reduce supply chain costs in excess of $25M (10%) annually.
Dried Fruit and Juice Manufacturer
Led project team that evaluated performance of company’s primary third party logistics (3PL) provider. Performed network analysis to determine if reducing the number of DCs would lower total delivered costs. Established that remaining with current 3PL provider in existing network would result in lowest total costs, while bringing these activities in-house would increase logistics expenses by over $1.8M annually.
Leading Manufacturer of Educational and Entertainment Software
Led project team that performed a current state review and future state design of company’s forecasting and inventory management processes. Identified a portfolio of improvements that will improve forecast accuracy by 40%, reduce inventory levels by $14.4M (66%), and reduce inventory related costs by $4.8M annually. Team also conducted a network design to identify best location for an integrated assembly, distribution and returns facility. Determined that savings from optimal site location exceed $5.9M annually.
Manufacturer of Premium Chocolates
Worked with client for almost two years. Served as Interim Director of Logistics on two different occasions. Reduced Western Region transportation spend by $450K (16%) through use of pooling and alternate carriers. Managed transition to new Western Region 3PL provider, and resolved all start-up issues within 60 days of move. Developed / implemented vendor scorecard to track 3PL provider performance. Improved Eastern Region on-time delivery performance from < 60% to 90+%. Streamlined invoice audit / payment process.
Led RFP process to identify and select a 3PL partner to provide contract packaging, warehousing and TL / LTL transportation services for North America. Evaluated over 100 potential candidates. Ultimately selected an East Coast based 3PL provider with specialized expertise in confectionery packaging, warehousing and transportation.
Rapidly Growing Organic Meat and Poultry Producer
Led process to identify and select 3PL partner to provide cold storage warehousing and order fulfillment services for the CA market. Evaluated over 100 potential locations. Ultimately selected provider in the San Francisco Bay area. Evaluated carriers to provide TL / LTL transportation services.
Canned Seafood Division of Fortune 500 International Food Manufacturer
Served as Demand / Inventory Planning Manager. Accountable for finished goods inventory ($100M value), customer service performance, and forecast accuracy for entire company product line (1000 SKUs). Coordinated inventory replenishment activities among order management, plant operations, and 3PL warehousing and transportation providers. Directed movement of goods from six manufacturing facilities (two offshore) to ten distribution centers throughout the US and Canada. Forecasted sales at the SKU level. Managed two planning analysts.
Reduced finished goods inventory by $30M (23%) while improving customer service by implementing a time-series based sales forecasting system, instituting forecasting and production planning metrics, establishing / implementing policies to fully utilize integrated systems capabilities, improving inventory balance integrity, and consolidating DCs. Implemented Demand Forecasting, Inventory Planning, DRP and Deployment modules of American Software (now Logility) APS software.
Leading National Health Care Provider
Transformed supply chain supporting organization’s Northern CA network of 16 regional hospitals. Implemented strategic sourcing initiative, which included shifting the bulk of medical supply purchases from 1000+ suppliers to a single distributor, and bypassing the provider’s regional distribution center. Changes resulted in a $7M (22%) decrease in annual distribution expenses, $11M (45%) reduction in inventory, and improved service. Led implementation of inventory management improvements at a pilot facility, resulting in a 69% inventory reduction.
Large Computer Storage Device Manufacturer
Conducted a comprehensive re-engineering of company’s supply chain. Processes evaluated included demand / supply planning, inventory management, procurement, manufacturing, order fulfillment, transportation, warehousing, and product lifecycle management. Led 11-member project team that developed improvements to company’s demand / supply planning and inventory management activities. Company implemented six follow-on projects, including installation of i2 (now Blue Yonder) APS software that reduced inventory levels by over 60%, and associated inventory related costs by $240M annually.