Strive to identify the "Best option"
We endeavour to construct a future state scenario within a closed environment and road test a number of alternatives that will deliver the best performance outcome against the defined objectives. The methods and tools we use during this "Proof of Concept" phase will be influanced by the type and scale of supply chain problem.
Within a warehouse operation for example, a virtual simulation tends to work best as it can provide decision makers with a visual representation of their business or problem area. A change to business processes using RF scanning technology can be physically constructed within a single room. We provide further examples of our approach to identifying the best supply chain solutions:
Point of Sale
This company operates a single fulfilment centre that supplies 35,000 sku's through a number of satelite warehouses with product direct to store. The replenishment process was not managing inventory flow to support optimim levels of shelf presentation. This type of problem required process simulation, construction of a physical environment and transaction testing on a test database.
Export documentation system
A construct of the current state and future state options involved a detailed process mapping exercise to capture document creation, transaction flow and data management. A test environment was established to enable the modeling of historical orders through to a final transaction.
Warehouse management system
A retail client operated a multi warehouse supply chain that did not have the ability to manage inventory at a location or bin level. The existing ERP system was not set up to support inventory at a location level within a warehouse. A test database was established, transactions created and monitored to ensure inventory balances matched.
RF scanning system
A project of this type is reconstructed within a physical closed environment and supported by a test environment where transactions are generated and validated. The hardware and label technology enables the physical process to be tested identifying delays and errors throughout each cycle.