Alternate Terms: Supply Chain Transformation, Supply Chain Integration, Supply Chain Assessment
Leading North American Computer Manufacturer
Led 20-member project team that initiated transformation of company’s supply chain operations. Project scope addressed all major supply chain activities including product design, demand / supply planning, channel management, procurement, order fulfillment, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and returns / repair. Identified a portfolio of 12 improvement projects to be implemented over two years that will generate $880M in NPV.
Leading Provider of Fitness and Weight Loss Solutions
Performed assessment of company’s largest supplement product to determine ability of supply chain to support a quadrupling in sales over the next 24 months. Areas evaluated included product formulation, quality assurance, sourcing, demand planning, sales and operations planning (S&OP), inventory management, supply planning, purchasing, contract manufacturing, inbound / outbound transportation and warehouse management. Identified, prioritized and initiated implementation of a portfolio of 25+ projects that will enable organization to meet 98% on-time delivery target, reduce costs by over $500K annually, and expand as planned.
Dried Fruit and Juice Manufacturer
Led project team that evaluated performance of company’s primary third party logistics (3PL) provider. Project focused on evaluating provider’s effectiveness in the areas of order fulfillment, customer service, transportation management, warehousing, finished goods inventory management, invoicing and accounts receivable. Also 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. Identified a variety of process, policy and systems improvements that are expected to yield approximately $1M in annual savings.
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.
Led SKU rationalization effort that reduced number of SKUs by 67% and increased company profitability. Determined that historic method for determining animal requirements was not providing accurate projections of animal needs. Developed spreadsheet-based supply-demand planning capability accurately linking supply with demand for the first time in company history. Developed time series forecasts in MS Excel that improved forecast accuracy. Then converted forecast to subprimal equivalents, and used to determine animal requirements and production schedule by week over the planning horizon. Determined that company supply-demand mix was extremely out of balance. Identified numerous instances where company would be either material or capacity constrained, and would need to secure alternate sources of supply or increase production capacity. Recommended that company look for ways to better promote whole animal utilization.
Helped client evaluate various ERP tools (Oracle NetSuite, JustFood) and select provider to implement chosen package. Defined detailed future state S&OP requirements, and evaluated various package capabilities (Blue Ridge, Kinaxis, Adexa, DemandCaster, JustFood) to meet these needs.
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.
Leading Telecommunications Products Manufacturer
Re-engineered organization’s supply chain. Project focused on eight key functional areas: order fulfillment, demand planning, product installation, field service and repair, distribution, manufacturing, product / process engineering and supplier management. Mapped organization’s current performance against industry leading practices. Identified numerous “quick hit” and “long-term” supply chain improvement opportunities that generated $65M in annual savings.
Multinational Food Ingredients Manufacturer
Assessed company’s demand / supply planning, transportation, order management, procurement and manufacturing operations. Identified process, organization and IT gaps versus leading practices. Confirmed need for demand / supply planning APS software tool, and developed short list of recommended vendors.
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 Chemicals Manufacturer
Evaluated company’s purchasing, receiving, delivery, spare parts inventory management, stock issuing, repair and obsolete stock disposition processes. Determined that spare parts inventory levels could be reduced by 10% while simultaneously improving service. Identified process improvements resulting in $2.8M+ in annual savings.
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.
Custom Sheet Metal Fabricator of Precision Parts for Aerospace, Defense and Medical Equipment Industries
Identified and kicked-off implementation of a series of initiatives that will reduce past due order backlog by over $600K (90% reduction). Initiated improvements in the areas of customer and order management, manufacturing and inventory strategy, use of production scheduling and MRP tools, and strategic sourcing. Determined that raw materials could be reduced by 61% and finished goods by 91% without negatively impacting service.