Seamless integration between Slim4 & Distretail
The first step of the inventory optimization project was to centralize all of the inventory management teams, which was soon followed by the purchase of Slim4. “In the past, we used the forecasting module within our existing ERP, DistRetail, as well as the knowledge of our ordering teams in the DCS. However, we are always looking for ways to improve, and as a result, we started looking for a tool that could
help us increase our service level and stock turns while simultaneously decreasing waste. After looking at several options, Slim4 became the obvious choice. Thanks to the support from the people at Slimstock, the implementation was completed on time and within budget.”
Brekelmans was particularly impressed by Slim4’s capability to forecast the demand for fresh groceries daily. “On Wednesdays, for example, the demand for salads is different from Mondays, especially around Easter. Slim4 takes this into account, and as a result, we now have better control over item perishability and waste,” highlights Brekelmans. To further support the optimization process, Spar will also use the EOQformula. With this method, Spar will be able to calculate the optimal economic order quantity based on the handling costs, waste costs, and the capacity of the DCs, amongst several other factors.