Taking ordering to the next level
Slim4 is also used for supply planning at Izico and for calculating ordering advice to optimize raw materials and consumables.
As highlighted by Vervaart, the Order Generator in Slim4 comes in handy: “With the items that we buy, it often involves making large orders.
To minimize logistics costs, we want the best possible order quantities. Therefore, we must attain full pallets and, if likely, full trucks. With the Order Generator within Slim4, we can make the optimal order for each supplier at the touch of a button. Based on robust purchase forecasts, order costs, inventory holding costs and logistical restrictions, Slim4 can smartly calculate future orders to ensure that the right products are ordered in the right quantities.”
Izico Food Group now has production locations in various countries. By optimizing these locations with the assistance of Slim4, Vervaart expects to make further improvements. “At present, each factory determines what they produce. However, this often results in a lot of surplus stock. By utilizing Slim4 to calculate what needs to be produced every week, we can reduce the level of working capital invested in stock even further while improving the service level.
The ultimate goal is that we manage the entire supply chain from a central competence centre. Slim4 will be an essential tool in making this a reality.”